Martha Adams is an award-winning storyteller who travels freely between the commercial realm of TV, the independent world of filmmaking and all things digital media.

Originally brought on to produce the film at the center of the Girl Rising campaign, she is now the Chief Creative Officer and was featured in 2013 by Newsweek/Daily Beast as one of “125 Women of Impact.” Adams is 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 the girls featured in Girl Rising and frequently speaks on the subject of girls’ empowerment, radical change and the critical role storytelling plays. Recent engagements range from the FiSahara Film Festival and INmarket Conference to corporate events for Shearman and Sterling, Charles Schwab, Microsoft and Stroz Friedberg.

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, National Geographic, and Bravo. Martha graduated cum laude from American University in Washington D.C.

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