Hollywood Reporter to Be Honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters For Mentorship Program
The L.A. chapter of the group will present THR with the Trailblazer award Oct. 24
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter Magazine.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (BBBSLA) will honor The Hollywood Reporter with the 2014 Trailblazer Award for its annual Women in Entertainment mentorship program. THR executive editor, features, Stephen Galloway and BBBSLA initiated the 5-year-old program, which places girls from inner-city schools with mentors from THR’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 list, including COO of Lionsgate Television Group Sandra Stern and NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke.
“I hope that my mentee learned as much from me as I learned from her,” said Stern. “I believe that female executives have an affirmative obligation to lead the way for the next generation of executive and creative talent, because mentoring at its best can be the skylight in our industry’s glass ceiling.”
Once selected, the girls meet with their mentors once every two weeks throughout the year. The mentorship can be a stepping stone to college, with two participants receiving full-tuition scholarships to Loyola Marymount University in 2013. BBBSLA will also honor Salke with the Sherry Lansing Award, while Ahmanson Foundation president William H. Ahmanson will be recognized as Walt Disney Man of the Year at the annual Rising Stars Gala at the Beverly Hilton Oct. 24.