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Martha Adams

Chief Creative Officer 

Martha Adams is an award-winning storyteller who produced the film at the center of the Girl Rising campaign. Forbes Magazine named the Girl Rising movement the #1 Most Dynamic Social Initiative of 2012, Newsweek/Daily Beast named Adams one of “125 Women of Impact,” and today, acting as Girl Rising’s Chief Creative Officer, she produces stories and authors creative partnerships to fuel girls empowerment advocacy around the world.  Most recently she traveled with Meryl Streep to Africa to produce the CNN special We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World; now the highest rated CNN Film of all time.

Adams is also a Senior Fellow at The University of Southern California’s Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab which recognizes leadership at the intersection of business and social impact, she serves as a Film Expert for the U.S. Department of State diplomacy program American Film Showcase, and in 2015 Novus awarded her “Humanitarian of the Year.”

She has spent years working with girls featured in Girl Rising and frequently speaks on the subject of girls’ empowerment, radical change, and the critical role storytelling plays. Engagements range from the FiSahara Film Festival and INmarket Conference to corporate events for Shearman and Sterling, Charles Schwab, and Microsoft.

She began her career at Discovery Channel and after 5 years in production and programming, she co-founded Arcwelder Films. She executive produced a wide array of films, including four series and eight specials (including Inside the Kill Box, Citizen Soldier, Robots Rising and Spies Above) that won an array of awards including a National Emmy, Worldfest Houston prizes, New York Film Medals and Cine Awards. Audiences can enjoy her documentaries in more than 188 countries around the world, on networks such as Discovery and National Geographic. Martha graduated cum laude from American University in Washington D.C.

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