The Hollywood Reporter kicked off its inaugural Raising Our Voices: Setting Hollywood’s Inclusion Agenda with a luncheon at The Maybourne in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.
The event brings together some of the entertainment industry’s ‘most influential and inspiring executives, storytellers and thought-leaders’ for a series of discussions on the current state and future of Hollywood’s diversity, equity and inclusion movement, according to the publication.
Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis was among the high-profile people to lend their support and have their voice heard at the meeting, which was presented by Walmart.
Shaping the Industry: Geena Davis, 66, served as speaker and panelist at The Hollywood Reporter’s inaugural Raising Our Voices: Setting Hollywood’s Inclusion Agenda luncheon at The Maybourne in Beverly Hills on Wednesday
Davis, 66, was business-chic decked out in a black pinstripe suit that included a double-breasted jacket and matching flared pants.
For an added touch of style, she wore a wide black patent leather belt around her lean waist, to go along with black leather shoes.
The Massachusetts native’s overall look was rounded out by having her brown tresses, which had a red tint to it, styled long and straight
Business with style: Davis, 66, was the picture of business-chic decked out in a black pinstripe suit that included a double-breasted jacket, matching flared pants and dress shoes
Ladies making a difference: Davis also shared posed alongside fellow Academy Award-winner Marlee Matlin, and producer Wendy Guerrero, who’s also the President of the Bentonville Film Festival in Arkansas
While on the red carpet, Davis shared the spotlight with Marlee Matlin and producer Wendy Guerrero, who’s also the President of the Bentonville Film Festival.
Matlin, 56, showed off her toned figure an elegant red skirt and a fitted black-patterned top that had a pair of red eyes and nose along the chest region of the garment.
The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actress also donned black open-toe heels and had her shoulder-length locks dyed blonde with a middle part.
Guerrero looked stylish in a plunging black and white-patterned dress, open-toe heels, and her brown tresses styled long with a center part.
Along with her work with the Bentonville Film Festival in Arkansas, Guerrero is also the CEO of Publicly Private, a production company that she co-founded with Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Dern.
Classy: Matlin, 56, showed off her toned figure in a red skirt that was matched with a fitted black-patterned top, which had a pair of red eyes and nose along the chest region, open-toe heels, and her shoulder-length locks dyed blonde with a part just off-center
CODA stars: Matlin was also proud to pose with her CODA co-stars Daniel Durant and Troy Kotsur, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in March
All love: Durant, Kotsur and Matlin flashed the sign of the horns hand gesture, along with their infectious smiles while posing on the red carpet
The Sponsor’s team: The event was presented by retail giant, Walmart; pictured (left to right) are: Walmart senior director Community relations Javier Angulo, Wendy Guerrero, Geena Davis, Walmart Senior Director, Global Responsibility Communications Jennifer Rodriguez, Walmart Chief Creative Officer Jean Batthany, Walmart VP Philanthropy Julie Gehrki, Walmart Senior Manager, Global Responsibility Communications Mariel Messier, and Walmart VP, Constituent Relations and Racial Equity Tony Waller
Matlin – who most recently starred in CODA, which won three Oscars including Best Picture – snuggled up with co-stars Daniel Durant and Troy Kotsur.
Kotsur looked handsome in black slacks, a matching t-shirt, a plaid blazer, and a matching plaid newsboy hat over his long brown hair, which was pushed back over his ears.
Later, the Arizona native had the honor of introducing Matlin as the keynote speaker during Wednesday’s event.
With his recent Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor in CODA, Kotsur became the second deaf performer to have attained the accolade; Matlin has the honor of being the first for her role in the romantic drama film Children Of A Lesser God (1986).
Pairing up: Natalie Morales and Amy Landecker showed off their fashionista tendencies when they had their voices heard at THR event
Davis also took a group photo with Guerrero and an assortment of Walmart representatives that included Javier Angulo, Jennifer Rodriguez, Jean Batthany, Julie Gehrki, Mariel Messier and Tony Waller.
The Thelma & Louise star, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in romantic drama film The Accidental Tourist (1988), also struck some poses in other parts of the posh hotel.
The actress would eventually hit the stage both as a speaker and a panelist, along with an assortment of other industry insiders, both in front and behind the camera, as well as education and business leaders.
Lending support: Transparent star Amy Landecker stepped out in a black and white floral shirt-dress that was cinched-in at the waist with a built-in belt
Chic: Natalie Morales showed off her style in an all-black ensemble that consisted of wide-flared slacks and a double-breasted, sleeveless jacket
Some of the other celebrities to attend the event included Transparent actress Amy Landecker, who stepped out in a black and white floral shirt-dress that was cinched-in at the waist with a built-in belt.
Actress and director Natalie Morales hit the red carpet dressed in an all-black ensemble consisting of wide-flared slacks and a double-breasted, sleeveless jacket.
Latasha Gillespie, who’s the Executive Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Amazon Studios, opted to go with a colorful floral skirt with a white off-the-shoulder top that was full of excess fabric hanging in a stylish design.
Soft touch: Latasha Gillespie, the Executive Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Amazon Studios, wore a colorful floral skirt and white top combination at the invite-only event
Expertise: Dr. Yalda Uhls, who showed off her eye for fashion, is a UCLA assistant adjunct professor and founder of the Center For Scholars And Storytellers