President of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences CHERYL BOONE ISAACS


Friday, April 7, 2017, 12:00pm


The Charles Hotel Regattabar

CHERYL BOONE ISAACSPresented by: Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School in association with Learning From Performers
Admision: Free and open to Harvard affiliates only, reservations required (lunch will be served). RSVP here.

Harvard affiliates are invited to attend a conversation with Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). During her four years helming the AMPAS, Boone Isaacs has overseen the annual Oscars award ceremony, with active leadership focused not only on increasing diversity among the Academy's membership and governance, but improving industry practices and hiring. Boone Isaacs will discuss her decades-long career in the film industry--from publicity and marketing, to starting her own company--and leadership lessons learned along the way. 

Cheryl Boone Isaacs heads CBI Enterprises, Inc., where she has consulted on marketing efforts on such films as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.” Boone Isaacs previously served as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema, where she oversaw numerous box office successes, including “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Rush Hour.” Prior to joining New Line in 1997, she was executive vice president of worldwide publicity for Paramount Pictures, where she orchestrated publicity campaigns for the Best Picture winners “Forrest Gump” and “Braveheart.”

Boone Isaacs is currently an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and previously served as a filmmaker-in-residence for the University. She was an adjunct professor at the USC Cinema and Television School’s Peter Stark Producing Program, Columbia College Chicago, and Mount Saint Mary’s College. She continues to guest lecture at USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, and Soka University of America. Boone Isaacs was inducted into the NAACP Hall of Fame in 2014.