Academy Award-winner Geena Davis to Speak at Network 2000’s Women of Excellence Event

Geena Davis

Network 2000, which promotes the advancement of women in professional and executive roles, announced the speaker for its 2013 Women of Excellence event will be Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis.

A longtime champion of women’s empowerment and gender equality, Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which seeks to increase the percentage of female characters and reduce stereotyping in media made for children. The programming arm of the institute, See Jane, uses research, education and advocacy to engage the entertainment industry. In addition, Davis champions opportunities for women in athletics.

Davis produced and starred as the first female president of the United States in ABC’s “Commander and Chief,” in addition to starring in dozens of other television shows and films, including “Thelma and Louise,” “A League of Their Own” and “Tootsie.”

The 2013 Women of Excellence luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Martin’s West. For more information, visit

Network 2000 ( is a statewide not-for-profit organization in Maryland composed of professional executive women and men. The organization initiates, supports and engages in activities to mentor and promote the advancement of women in executive positions. Network 2000 promotes the placement of women on corporate boards and educates the public on the benefits of having women in decision-making positions. Members serve as role models and mentors to women seeking to advance their careers.

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