Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, is set to take center stage alongside notable figures Katie Couric and Brooke Shields at the upcoming 38th edition of South By Southwest (SXSW) later this week. Taking place from March 8 to 16 in Austin, Texas, SXSW 2024 promises a diverse array of discussions and events.

Meghan Markle at SXSW 2024

The earlier announced keynote, titled “Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen,” features an esteemed lineup of influential figures. This includes Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex. Markle is recognized as a feminist and advocate for human rights and gender equity, and a co-founder of The Archewell Foundation and Archewell Productions. Markle recently inked a deal with Lemonada Media to introduce a new podcast and distribute Archetypes. Archetypes is a podcast that delves into societal labels that hinder women’s progress.

Katie Couric, Brooke Shields and More.

Joining Markle are Katie Couric. – an Emmy Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author, and Brooke Shields. – a two-time Golden Globe Award-nominated actress, model, entrepreneur, and also a New York Times bestselling author. Additionally, Nancy Wang Yuen, an author, sociologist, pop culture expert, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant at Peoplism, will bring her insights to the panel. The SXSW keynote session will be moderated by Errin Haines. Haines is the host of The Amendment podcast and founding Mother and Editor-at-Large for The 19th News.

SXSW 2024
L-R: Katie Couric, Brooke Shields, Nancy Wang Yuen and Errin Haines.

The panel aims to explore the progress of women’s representation in media and entertainment. With a focus on the challenges still faced by women of colour and mothers. Additionally, it will delve into the impact of social media on the mental health of teenage girls.

Hugh Forrest

Hugh Forrest, SXSW co-president and chief programming officer expressed excitement about the distinguished lineup. Further highlighting the significance of hosting such discussions on International Women’s Day. In a statement earlier released, he said… “Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, Katie Couric, Brooke Shields, Nancy Wang Yuen, and Errin Haines are the perfect finishing touch to eight days of remarkable Keynote Speakers.” “We are so honored to host this distinguished group on International Women’s Day for a significant discussion on the importance of representation in media and entertainment.”

Other featured speakers and panelists announced for this year’s SXSW include; Selena Gomez, Kirsten Dunst, Sydney Sweeney, Conan O’Brien, Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Colman Domingo, Ilana Glazer, Pamela Adlon, Lilly Singh, as well as Margrethe Vestager. The Executive Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Competition, and Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Technologies.

SXSW 2024

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. It was founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas. SXSW is best known for its conferences and festivals that celebrate the convergence of tech, film and television, music, education, and culture. 

It is an an essential destination for global professionals. The annual March event features sessions, music, and comedy showcases, film and television screenings, exhibitions, professional development, and a variety of networking opportunities. 

SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. 

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