“I got involved in Women in Film when I turned 40 and realized that women retired or left the business 15 to 20 years earlier than men,” says William Morris Agency senior VP Joan Hyler.“I wanted to ensure the next 30 to 40 years of my working life,” adds Hyler. “Unless I actively worked with other women to develop generations of women in the business, there would be no women beneath me or working in the business at the age of 55 or 60.” As executive VP for WIF’s board of directors, Hyler helps set the organization’s agenda, effect its policies, recruit new members and oversee its programs. Hyler, whose work garnered her a WIF Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1984, hopes to strengthen the link between chapters and WIF’s influence in Washington. “My goal is to recruit the majority of women starting to run the business into positions of power and profile at WIF,” she says. “I’d also like to see our group join goals with those of other women’s instititions and unions. “L.A. and the business are so large and disjointed, there are women of my generation who’ve worked in the business for years and have never found each other,” she adds. “WIF has allowed me to meet women I may not have otherwise gotten to know. I want to encourage us to work together so we can stay here and have as much as we want.”
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