WIFTI Women: In Conversation with Terry Lawler (Former Executive Director NYWIFT)

By 25 January 2024News & Events

In this inaugural episode from a series of in-depth conversations with international changemakers, WFT Ireland Chair and WIFT International President Dr. Susan Liddy delves into an insightful discussion with Terry Lawler – former Executive Director of WFT New York and a member of the current WIFTI Advisory Board. Through this series, we aim to speak with a range of women who have shaped WIFTI and the media landscape over the last few decades. 

With over two decades at the helm of the New York chapter, Terry’s leadership has been nothing short of extraordinary. In this podcast episode, Susan and Terry explore many questions. What does it take to navigate the complexities of running one of the largest chapters in one of the biggest cities of a global organisation like WIFTI? What transformations has she witnessed during her dynamic tenure?

A special nod of appreciation goes out to our international colleagues at WIFTI for their unwavering support. 

This podcast has been made possible with the support of the Screen Ireland Stakeholders Fund. 

To learn more about the work being done at WFT Ireland and to explore the possibility of becoming a member, visit WFT.ie.

About Terry Lawler

Terry Lawler is a media consultant, and the Director of the CinemaStreet Women’s Short Screenplay Contest. Previously she was the Executive Director of New York Women in Film & Television for 21 years. She serves on the Boards of Directors of Women Make Movies, IndieCollect and Manhattan Neighborhood Network. 

Prior to joining NYWIFT, Lawler was Director of Development and Production at Women Make Movies and National Director of Film and Videomakers Services at the American Film Institute. She has been a media consultant for foundations and nonprofit groups, including the MacArthur Foundation, the Astraea Foundation, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Goethe Institute, among others. She was a production executive on several network television specials and was Executive Producer of Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography, which won Best Documentary awards from the American Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle and Hollywood Mavericks, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.