Showrunner, Writer, Producer

Ilene Chaiken is an Emmy-winning television writer, showrunner, producer, and director. She is best known for creating the hit Showtime series “The L Word,” which ran for six seasons and made history as television’s first multi-character drama depicting queer women. Chaiken is the co-creator of the “Law and Order: SVU” spinoff, “Law and Order: Organized Crime,“ and the showrunner for the first two seasons of that show. Prior to that, she was the executive producer /showrunner of FOX’s mega-hit series, “Empire,” an executive producer of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” for which she won an Emmy and multiple other awards, and “The L Word” sequels, “The Real L Word,” and “The L Word: Generation Q.”

Chaiken is heralded for bringing marginalized voices and storylines to mainstream TV. She resides in Los Angeles with her wife, LouAnne Brickhouse, and is the mother of twin daughters. She is an activist, an advocate for conservation and wildlife, and the co-chair of Rhode Island School of Design’s Board of Directors.

Summits Attended: 2018 SF, 2020 SF, 2023 SF

Diverse representation is a priority for us. We're proud to say that our Summit speakers are 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% Black & Latinx, and 15% transgender and gender nonconforming.