SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris and Secretary-Treasurer Jane Austin were in good company at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment breakfast Wednesday in Hollywood. At an event honoring Barbra Streisand and the achievements of THR’s Women in Entertainment Power 100, tribute was also paid to the young women participating in THR’s Mentorship Program.
SAG-AFTRA was one of the sponsors of the mentorship program, providing Macy’s gift cards to 37 mentees. Backstage, Carteris, Austin and SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White presented the mentees with SAG-AFTRA backpacks full of school supplies and other tools to help them succeed in their roles as successful young women.
“This is one of the most exciting events I’ve had the opportunity to attend,” remarked Carteris in speaking with the mentees. “I hope as you move forward and you become, some day, the mentors to the mentees coming in because all of our lives should be about paying it forward. And I hope that I can be a mentor one day because it really is an honor to be in your presence."
Austin added, "As a stuntwoman, I am here to tell you that with hard work you can achieve anything and reach any heights. It just takes a little work and looking around, I am so impressed with what I’m seeing."
"We see all of you as the next generation of storytellers, and as women you all really are a catalyst for change throughout the world,” said White. "We make this investment in you because it’s really very important to us.”
Also attending THR’s breakfast was SAG-AFTRA Chief Communications & Marketing Officer Pamela Greenwalt, Los Angeles Local Executive Director Ilyanne Morden Kichaven and SAG Awards Executive Producer Kathy Connell.