How Holly Gordon Is Helping Participant Media Use Oscar-Winning Stories To Drive Social Impact

Good Is The New Cool

27-07-2021 • 52 mins

With over 73 Oscar Nominations (and 18 wins) Participant Media is not only behind some of the most iconic movies of our time like Spotlight, An Inconvenient Truth and more, it also wants to create entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Chief Impact Officer Holly Gordon shares their process of choosing content that combines the power of a good story with opportunities for real-world impact and awareness around the most pressing global issues of our time.

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About Holly Gordon

Holly Gordon is the Chief Impact Officer at Participant, overseeing the company’s social impact strategy and campaigns, furthering Participant’s mission to create storytelling that inspires positive social change. These global, multi-year campaigns are driven by the company’s content and powered by strategic partnerships to address the most important issues of our time.

Prior to joining Participant, Gordon co-founded Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education. Selected by Fast Company as a member of the League of Extraordinary Women and named by Newsweek/Daily Beast as one of 125 Women of Impact, Gordon is also an Executive Producer for the Girl Rising film at the center of the movement. Forbes Magazine named the Girl Rising campaign the #1 Most Dynamic Social Initiative of 2012. In 2015, Holly was selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar and currently serves on the boards of MAKERS and Girl Rising.