CHICAGO, October 14, 2016– On October 24, 2016, ArcLight Cinemas, a premier moviegoing destination, will present Women in Entertainment Chicago in partnership with Women in Film Chicago and IFP Chicago. The event will take place at ArcLight Cinemas Chicago, hosted by ArcLight’s Executive Vice President Gretchen McCourt, Women in Film Chicago President Carrie Hunter, and IFP Chicago Executive Director Nicole Bernardi-Reis.

The event is an extension of the ArcLight Women in Entertainment (WIE) events presented in Los Angeles, which gather visionaries and thought leaders who are dedicated to celebrating the empowerment of women in all areas of the entertainment industry. WIE events in Los Angeles include the inaugural Women in Entertainment Summit in November 2015, the WIE Workshops in May 2016, and the second annual WIE Summit taking place on November 10, 2016. The first WIE Chicago event is designed to spark a broad, transparent dialogue that explores gender equality and challenges faced by women in the entertainment industry, with a specific focus on the Chicago area.

The event will feature panel discussions with prominent members of the Chicago film community, focusing on branding and diversifying women’s role in entertainment, mentoring the next generation of creative women, how the film industry is impacted by women, and how women can work together to portray a unique perspective across the different categories of entertainment.

“We’re thrilled to explore similar insightful topics that are examined at our Los Angeles events with these esteemed Chicago filmmakers,” stated ArcLight’s Executive Vice President Gretchen McCourt. “ArcLight is proud to be bringing Women in Entertainment to such an empowering film community.”

Women in Entertainment Chicago’s keynote speaker is Sanaa Hamri, an Executive Producer and Director on Empire (FOX). She also directed The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and episodes of Shameless, Nashville, and 90210. She will join in conversation with Susanna Homan, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Chicago magazine.

Speakers also include Nicole Bernardi-Reis; Executive Director of IFP Chicago; Rich Moskal, Director of the Chicago Film Office; Betsy Steinberg, Executive Director of Kartemquin Films; Susie Linker; Co-Founder, Elevated Films Chicago; Maria Finitzo, Kartemquin Films Associate, Social-Issue Documentary Filmmaker; Jennifer Reeder, Filmmaker and Visual Artist, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Beckie Stocchetti, Independent/Local Film Initiatives, Chicago Film Office; Oriana Oppice, Director, Producer, Writer, Actor, and Director of Programming of Women in Film Chicago; Leslie Neilan, Producer and Screenwriter; Fawzia Mirza; Actor, Writer, and Producer; and Laurel Ward, Producer at Ocean Pictures.

Carrie Hunter, President of Women in Film Chicago stated, “With such inspiring events around Women in Entertainment in Los Angeles, we couldn’t think of a better partner than ArcLight to bring such amazing content and important discussions to Chicago.”

The evening also includes an opening reception at 5:30 PM sponsored by local Chicago establishments 90+ Cellars and Knife & Tine. Tickets can be purchased in advance at