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Hollywood and Humor with Nell Scovell

  • Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)

Nell Scovell, Author, Just the Funny Parts: … And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club

Kara Swisher, Executive Editor, Recode -- Moderator

From late night TV to Lean In, America has heard Nell Scovell’s words for years, but as a writer, she’s always been behind the scenes. Now, in her new book, Just the Funny Parts: …. And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club, Scovell sheds a bright light on her experiences as a writer and advocate for women in the workplace, as well as her thoughts on the ongoing cultural revolutions in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and beyond. Scovell will be in conversation with Kara Swisher, another leader in cultural coverage and executive editor of Recode.

Advancing women’s rights in professional spaces requires women to actually occupy professional roles, and Scovell, only the second female writer to ever work on The Late Show with David Letterman, championed diversity and inclusion in the writer’s room and beyond. Scovell spent the earlier days of her career writing for publications such as Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Rolling Stone and working as the creator and executive producer of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. In 2009, amid reports of sexual harassment at The Late Show with David Letterman, she stepped into the spotlight to speak publicly about her own experiences with discrimination and sexual favoritism. More recently, Scovell co-authored Lean In with Sheryl Sandberg, lending her sharp and witty voice to a groundbreaking story of female empowerment that has inspired millions of readers worldwide.

Join Scovell as she shares her experiences and stories from her new book and opens up about her rise to the top of a highly-competitive and male-dominated industry that is now under fire and facing changes.