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Holly Gordon

2013 Speaker

Holly Gordon is executive director of Girl Rising: Educate Girls, Change the World, a global movement for girls’ education. As executive director, Gordon sets strategy and leads the campaign. She is also an executive producer for the film of same name, at the center of the movement, “Girl Rising.” Gordon was selected by Fast Company as a member of the “League of Extraordinary Women” in 2013 and named by Newsweek/Daily Beast as one of “125 Women of Impact in 2013.” Forbes named the Girl Rising movement the “#1 Most Dynamic Social Initiative of 2012.” Prior to launching the campaign, Gordon was director of content for the Tribeca Film Festival. She came to Tribeca from “ABC News,” where she worked for 12 years as a producer and booker for the major news broadcasts. While at ABC, Gordon was selected for special coverage teams on high-profile stories, including President Clinton’s impeachment, the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, the shootings at Columbine and the Albanian refugee crisis in Kosovo. She was an integral part of ABC’s breaking-news coverage during the weeks following the September 11th attacks. For three years, as editorial producer for the ABC News magazine unit, Gordon managed the team responsible for identifying and booking national and international, competitive, long-form stories. Gordon earned a B.A. in international relations from Brown University. @HOLLYGORDON