GOOD GIRLS AREN'T FUNNY

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 Holly Mandel's multimedia talk & discussion about the origins and implications of "the Good Girl" -- her effects on women's creativity, confidence, and untapped potentials.

The original talk is 1.5 hours followed by an optional (and recommended) Q&A. There are abbreviated versions ranging from 30-45 minutes.

 The talk is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation (visuals only)

 
 
I left feeling so positive, open, and aware of all the different voices inside me for the first time — how different they were and how they want different things. This new perspective has changed everything for me.
— Lila K, Grad student, Emerson
 
 
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GOOD GIRLS AREN’T FUNNY

SKADDEN LAWFIRM, NYC, 2017

ABOUT THE TALK

After years of performing, teaching, and directing improv at The Groundlings Theater & School in LA, as well as in NYC at her own improv school, Holly couldn't help but notice a trend in her women students and fellow improvisers...and herself. It was a strange shift that they would do seemingly without rhyme or reason, slipping from brave, confident, bold performers to meek, slightly insecure, safe ones that were happy to follow and let others take the lead and who were more interested in getting it “right” than anything else. And, clearly, this was happening outside of the classroom as much as within.

At the same time Holly was noticing while working at Comedy Central a lack of the same edginess, risk-taking and uniqueness in the women comediennes there. It led her to investigate what was going on and she found some very interesting pieces of a puzzle that seems to be on many women's minds but hard to pinpoint. The answers span the biological, historical, psychological and cultural terrain with a focus on a very interesting moment in our collective history...when the "good woman" was born. And why her time (and purpose) is up.


Get ready for things to change. Holly is immensely engaging and her work is important AND fascinating. We didn’t move, enthralled by what she was piecing together and uncovering. “
— Jemma D, Warner Bros. TV
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SOME RECENT PLACES HOLLY HAS GIVEN THE TALK:

Soho Theatre (London)
Global Improvisation Summit (London)
Improvolution (NYC)
The Barrow Group (NYC)
The Lowbar (LA)
The Free Association (London)
Pace University (NYC)
Emerson College (Boston)
Bryn Mawr (Pennsylvania)
West L.A. College (Los Angeles)

Walt Disney Animation Studios (LA)
Publicis / Razorfish (NYC)
Skadden law firm (NYC)
PwC: Women’s Summit (NYC)
M&C Saatchi (LA)
Comedy Central (NYC)
Illumination Entertainment (LA)
The Groundlings Theater & School (LA)
NYWIFT: NY Women in Film & Television (NYC)


AREAS THE TALK ADDRESSES:

Women’s Leadership; Gender and Values; How Perfectionism, Likability & Authentic Confidence can be framed and addressed; a Biological and Historical Lens on Gender Expectation.

 

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