On this episode of Recognize Our Power, I’m delighted to be in conversation with Rowena Chiu. She is a former assistant to Harvey Weinstein and went to work for him at Miramax in 1998. At that time Miramax was at the zenith of its power. It was producing Shakespeare In Love in the United Kingdom. It would go on to win an Oscar for Best Picture for Shakespeare and Love. Within that similar era, titles like the English Patient, cider House Rules, talented Mr. Ripley, were really creating great waves in the film industry, both in the UK and the us
In 1998, after he sexually assaulted her at the Venice Film Festival, she was forced to accept a settlement and sign a non-disclosure agreement. In 2017, she featured anonymously in the New York Times investigation that ignited the #MeToo movement.
In 2019, she went public with her story and was featured in Jodi Cantor and Megan Twohey’s book, She Said now a major motion picture. Since leaving the film industry, Rowena has worked internationally in management consulting and for companies including Accenture, PWC, McKenzie, and the World Bank.
She holds an MA from Oxford and an Master’s of Science from the University of London, and an MA from London Business School. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and four children.
New York Times Opinion: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/05/opinion/sunday/harvey-weinstein-rowena-chiu.html