📣 Own Your Worth Speaker Spotlight: 💥Jennifer Steinman Sternin💥is a master and award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years in television and film making. We give her mad respect as a woman, as a mom, and as a creative and we’re so excited to share her story!



Award winning Film Director and Producer, Community Organizer, Speaker and Champion of Women's Dreams.

Authentic, real, committed to women’s success, community builder, here to remind us all of who we really are and what makes us unique on this magical journey called life. If you think about it, life is just like a movie... it has multiple acts, co-stars and extras, lots of drama and excitement... but we must always be the starring protagonists of our own lives!

“It is all about the spaces in between that is where everything in life happens. It’s all uncertainty and unknown but it’s also manageable fear … and it’s all up to me if I’m going to somehow learn how to soar.” -Jennifer Steinman Sternin

Jennifer Steinman Sternin is an award-winning filmmaker with over 25 years of experience in television and filmmaking. She has established herself professionally as a creative storyteller, with a deep respect for the people she films and the ability to tap into the heart, emotion and cultural significance of a story.


Most recently, Jennifer directed and executive produced, “HI, I’M NANCY RUBIN,” a documentary special for Joanna and Chip Gaines’ MAGNOLIA NETWORK, featuring one of her most influential and inspiring high school teachers, which is now streaming on HBOMAX and DISCOVERY+. Previous films include directing the award-winning documentary GRAMMA & GINGA: THE MOVIE (PEACOCK); editing the feature film DEAR SANTA (IFC Films), and serving as Lead Editor for the Disney+ series PICK OF THE LITTER.

Jennifer has always been a fierce advocate and champion of women and women’s stories, in her film work and beyond.  In 2015, Jennifer started the Bay Area Women Directors Collective, an inclusive community of female-identified feature film and television directors, with just eight women in her living room. Today, the group has grown to more than 75 members who meet regularly to share resources, collaborate on projects and build an environment in which to make their films.

Jennifer is a strong believer that as women we all need to “greenlight ourselves,” and that the only person who you need permission from in order to follow your dreams is YOU.

Jennifer produced the feature documentary TIME FOR ILHAN, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and garnered multiple awards including an Emmy® Award and a NAACP Image Award Nomination. Jennifer’s feature film DESERT RUNNERS was named by the Huffington Post as one of “The Top Documentaries of 2013,”  and her feature directorial debut, MOTHERLAND had its world premiere and won an Audience Award at SXSW in 2009. Her corporate client list includes companies such as Google, Blue Cross, and The California State Surgeon General.


Jennifer lives in Northern California with her husband Rich, daughter Madeline, and two needy dogs, Roxy and Walter.  She currently has several films and a non-fiction series in development, tries to help her stubborn elderly parents clean their house, drives the dreaded carpool several times a week, and (when she can) does speaking engagements around the world.  You can watch her TEDx TALK  here.