Women's Impact Report 2012: Power of Women

DreamWorks partner and co-chair Stacey Snider, a 2011 Power of Women honoree, kicks off this year’s Power of Women luncheon but will soon turn her attention to the November election — but not just to vote.

Snider — who also has a law degree from UCLA — will volunteer as a pollwatcher in Nevada during the presidential election, helping to ensure that no one gets turned away from the booths unfairly.

“I said, ‘You have to put me with somebody.’ And they said, ‘You’re not there to break up fights,’?” says Snider, who was honored at the Power of Women event in 2011 for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of City Year.

The trip is the latest philanthropic endeavor for the DW partner, co-chairman and CEO, who says she agreed to volunteer after being approached by the Obama campaign.

“I was so happy to be able to do something in addition to writing a check,” she says, adding that she has also reached out to other attorneys and legal professionals to help in the effort. Although Snider earned her law degree, she never practiced, instead launching her career in the entertainment industry via that tried-and-true method: the agency mailroom.

Snider will complete a weekend training course in pollwatching this October, then squeeze in her voting-day duties before the release of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” on Nov. 9.

Snider says she looked up to women such as Sherry Lansing, Dawn Steel and Paula Weinstein as she rose through the ranks.

“Part of the reason that you could just tick off the names ‘Paula, Dawn, Sherry’ (was that) they were kind of one-name names … there weren’t that many,” Snider says of the number of top female execs who preceded her. Now with head honchos like Amy Pascal, Anne Sweeney, Donna Langley, Nancy Tellem and Dana Walden, Snider says there are too many top female execs to use just first names.

But of course, there’s always room for improvement.

“I guess where there’s still some holdback is at the tippy-top upper echelons at the media companies,” Snider says. “(But) I think it’s happening. There’s been so much consolidation in at least the film and television business that the positions are few and far between. But you look at someone like (Facebook’s) Sheryl Sandberg in new media, and it doesn’t seem like (there’s) volume limitation or turf protection.”

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