‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke to Keynote at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in Los Angeles

Actress joins entrepreneur Shivani Siroya, Russian journalist Anna Nemtsova with other Courage in Journalism award winners

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 02: Emilia Clarke attends the Christian Dior show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 on October 2, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)

Actress Emilia Clarke, entrepreneur Shivani Siroya and Russian journalist Anna Nemtsova  will join TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in Los Angeles as featured speakers at the seventh annual event.

Clarke, who plays Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons, on HBO’s hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” has garnered the attention of worldwide audiences for her masterful performances and intriguing beauty. ​Clarke recently received her second Primetime Emmy nomination for her portrayal.


In addition to the upcoming season of “Game of Thrones,” Clarke will also star next year in “Me Before You,” the screen adaptation of the Jojo Moyes best-selling novel, from New Line and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, to be released by Warner Bros. on June 3, 2016.

Clarke was last seen as Sarah Connor in Alan Taylor‘s “Terminator: Genisys,” a reboot of the popular franchise, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, and Jai Courtney.​ She also received Emmy and Critics Choice Television Awards nominations for the role in 2013.  ​In 2013, Clarke made her Broadway debut as Holly Golightly in the stage adaptation of Truman Capote’s classic 1958 novella, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” ​Clarke was just named Esquire’s 2015 Sexiest Woman Alive.

Clarke will be joined by an eclectic group of inspiring speakers, including Shivani Siroya, CEO and Founder of InVenture Mobile, and a panel featuring the 2015 IWMF Courage in Journalism award winners, Mwape Kumwenda, of Muvi Television in Zambia; Anna Nemtsova, Moscow-based correspondent for The Daily Beast and Newsweek; and Honduran freelance journalist Lourdes Ramírez.

The breakfast on October 28th will be hosted by TheWrap’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman and SVP of Industry Alliances of Box and Founder of Box.org Karen Appleton. There will be a charity auction for the International Women’s Media Foundation.

In 2015, TheWrap expanded its successful Power Women Breakfast franchise to New York and San Francisco, bringing together leading influential women of entertainment, media, technology and brands in key cities to network and connect. The series has built a broad community of professional women who are decision makers and mothers, leaders and wives, innovators and activists. Each event brings inspiring speakers to talk about issues that relate to top women influencers.

Siroya is the CEO and Founder of InVenture, a Santa Monica-based start-up that provides mobile accounting and credit tools for offline and unbanked individuals in Africa.Shivani-Siroya-profile_727_447_c1InVenture’s work has been recognized by USAID, TED, Economist Vodafone, Bloomberg, and Forbes. Prior to InVenture she worked in health costing at UNFPA and Mergers & Acquisitions at Health Net and Citigroup. She is a 2013 TED Fellow, 2011 Echoing Green Fellow and 2011 Unreasonable Institute Fellow.

The Courage winners are being recognized for their remarkable bravery in the pursuit of their profession as journalists.

Nemtsovanna nemtsovaa has been detained and held at gunpoint for her work. She has covered significant social justice issues by bearing witness to recent elections in Russia, the underreported displacement of families as a result of the Olympics in Sochi, and the conflicts in the Caucasus and Ukraine where she was exposed to indiscriminate artillery fire. Despite significant threats, she continues to unearth abuse of power and is driven by a deep compassion for marginalized communities.

Kumwenda has been constantly scrutinized for her in-depth reports uncovering social and economic injustices in Zambia; she has influenced national policy and institutional reform with her reporting. She has gone undercover to investigate government corruption, illegal land grabs, and murders at a maximum-security prison. Her reporting has triggered investigations, resignations, and hundreds of arrests. Threatened with criminal prosecution, Kumwenda has fortified her work with an unwavering commitment to exposing hard truths.

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For more than 20 years, Ramírez has exposed human rights atrocities in Honduras at great personal risk. Ramírez pursues stories of corruption, unspeakable violence, and unsolved murders. Based in San Pedro Sula, she contends with a media environment that has been widely silenced by intimidation and organized crime activity. As a result of her reporting, her family has been threatened, her employment has been terminated, and she has been forced to relocate and temporarily flee the country.

Previous speakers at TheWrap’s Power Women breakfast include Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren, comedian Chelsea Handler, activist-actress Salma Hayek, producer and entrepreneur Gail Berman, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, media executive Nancy Tellem, digital executive Susan Lyne, technology journalist Kara Swisher and many others.

The event is sponsored by Lifetime, Box, Bank of America and CreativeFuture.