Nicole Kidman, Amy Pascal, Amy Poehler, Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington have been selected as the honorees for Variety’s fifth annual Power of Women event celebrating industry leaders and their philanthropic passions.
The Oct. 4 Power of Women kudos, presented by Lifetime Television at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons hotel, will come on the heels of the Oct. 1 publication of Variety’s Women’s Impact report highlighting notable achievements and milestones for femmes in all aspects of media and entertainment.
Kidman will be recognized for her involvement with the United Nations’ UN Women campaign and its efforts to promote women’s rights worldwide. She serves as the org’s goodwill ambassador and spokeswoman for its Say No — Unite to End Violence Against Women initiative.
Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Pascal is a longtime supporter of Teen Line, a peer hotline and community outreach program designed for and run by teenagers.
“Parks and Recreation” star Poehler is a champion of Worldwide Orphans Foundation, which aims to transform the lives of orphaned children.
Theron is the founder of Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, an initiative to keep African youth safe from HIV/AIDS. The actress has met with South African leaders and others on behalf of the org’s mission.
Washington is a supporter of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. As part of the committee’s Turnaround Arts initiative, the “Scandal” star has adopted Savoy Elementary School in Washington, D.C. and recently visited the school with first lady Michelle Obama.
“Variety is proud to continue its longstanding partnership with Lifetime Networks, shining a spotlight on the high-profile women in Hollywood who have used their platforms to make a difference,” said Variety publisher Michelle Sobrino-Stearns. “Though each brings a unique perspective, the honorees we celebrate share an understanding of the power of giving back and do so through an array of charitable causes that have touched their hearts. The goal of Variety’s Power of Women is to galvanize the influence of the entertainment industry to inspire their peers and fans alike to get involved and give back.”
Lifetime has been a stalwart supporter of Power of Women.
“Variety’s Power of Women event delivers such an inspirational message to all of us about the importance of philanthropy,” said Nancy Dubuc, prexy and CEO of Lifetime parent A+E Networks. “What an honor for Lifetime to be able to help celebrate the many esteemed women in entertainment who truly represent the best of what our industry can accomplish.”
Sponsors of this year’s Power of Women event include Audi, Movado, Saint Vintage and Coca-Cola.