Loyola Marymount University President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., and Bryant Keith Alexander, dean of the LMU College of Communication and Fine Arts and interim dean of the LMU School of Film and Television, joined celebrities, executive mentors and student mentees at Los Angeles’ Fairmont Century Plaza on Dec. 7, 2021, to celebrate entertainment leaders and mentorship at The Hollywood Reporter‘s Women in Entertainment event.
“Nothing is more powerful than making education and mentorship opportunities accessible to everyone, and that is what the Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment mentorship program does,” actor Jennifer Garner said. The program pairs high school girls from underserved L.A. communities with the industry’s leading female executives, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.
Over the past seven years, the program has partnered with LMU to provide 28 full-ride scholarships. At the event this year, Garner surprised Ailani from Lawndale High School with a four-year scholarship.
Each girl in the program received a $10,000 scholarship to attend the school of their choice. At the event the mentees were also surprised with a MacBook Air, thanks to the Edie Wasserman Scholarship endowed by the Wasserman Foundation.
More than 200 girls have taken part in the program over the past 12 years and mentees have gone on to attend prestigious universities, supported by $10 million in scholarships raised by The Hollywood Reporter.
The Women in Entertainment event was sponsored by Cadillac, FIJI Water, Amazon Ads, SAG-AFTRA and eOne, in partnership with Chapman University and Loyola Marymount University. The in-person event was held in compliance with local health and safety guidelines.