Free & open to public!
This event is first-come, first served. Please arrive early to guarantee a seat in our theater.
Our first annual Women Owning It Summit in March reminded us the value of resource sharing & the power of mentorship. As we move forward with the Women Owning It series, we're reflecting on the importance this community has played in our lives the last year.
For our fifth event in the series taking place on Wednesday, June 12th, we're inviting the organizers behind mentorship networks in the city to reflect on community. We're curious how resources & knowledge get shared in safe spaces, how people find mentors in informal, organic ways when the network is built, & how those new voices in media & tech are working to build capacity for the next generation as they come up.
This panel of five community builders will take on how they created the networks missing in their professional lives & with that, how commitment to vocation & its impact can be reinvigorated. Our hope is that attendees leave this evening session reinvigorated & feel empowered to build their businesses, brands & billable hours.
9:00 to 9:30 AM -- Registration & Coffee
9:30 to 10:45 AM -- Panel & Q&A
10:45 to 11:30 AM -- Networking Reception
Cody Jacobs (WE NYC) is a storyteller, photographer, & cooperator. She currently works with Women Entrepreneurs of NYC, WE NYC, the official initiative of the City of new York to support & empower women entrepreneurs. Her portfolio includes WE Connect Mentors & WE Connect Events, programs that help develop & maintain networks for women entrepreneurs. She previously worked with MCW Global, as an international youth mentor with a focus on gender & environmental issues & was also the co-founder of La Cooprative des Brasseurs Illumins, a brewers cooperative in Montral . As a photographer she has most recently spent time documenting cooperatives in Cuba & taking portraits of the WE Connect Mentors. You can learn more about her work here.
Iyabo Boyd (Brown Girls Doc Mafia) is a screenwriter, director, & producer with a long history supporting women & POC filmmakers. She founded Brown Girls Doc Mafia in 2016- a collective for women filmmakers of color working in documentary, with nearly 2,500 members globally. She's held positions at industry institutions First Look Media, Kickstarter, Good Pitch, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Tribeca Film Institute, & IFP. Iyabo produced the feature documentary For Ahkeem for which she was a Sundance Creative Producers Fellow in 2016. From 2015 to 2017 Iyabo founded & ran Feedback Loop, a documentary film consulting company. Working in fiction, Iyabo is finishing her second short film Me Time, & is in development on her first feature film, Kayla & Eddie En Franais, for which she's also a Sundance Screenwriting & Talent Forum Fellow. Originally from Denver, Iyabo graduated from NYU's Tisch School with a BA in Film & Television, & lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Jessica Millstone (NYEdTech Meetup) is the Director of Engagement at BrainPOP & also the co-director of the NYEdTech Meetup, a community-based professional networking organization serving over 8300 members. Previously Jessica was the inaugural Education Fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, a research + innovation lab at Sesame Workshop dedicated to bringing educators, parents, & kids closer together through their shared interactions with digital learning games, tools & toys.
With nearly 25 years of professional experience in the world of educational technology, Jessica has unique insight into how people use (and want to use) technology to play & learn. Her combined role as both an observer & creator in the development of interactive media has resulted in a body of research & product development that is accessible to all, all with a positive, inclusive message about how to use technology with children.
Netta Dobbins (Mimconnect) was born & raised in Nashville. She moved to New York City to pursue a career in entertainment public relations. Working with clients like Clive Davis, Sony Legacy Artists, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Highline Ballroom, PBS & more, she secured placements in national & local media outlets inclusive of New York Times, USA Today, Metro New York, Essence, Ebony, & Timeout. Aiming to expand her skill set, she transitioned to advertising & became a Strategist. In this role, she crafted fully immersive campaigns that extended from the digital space to physical activations, created brand guidelines that aided in audience identification & brand positioning, & identified various audience insights to influence creative communications.
While working in media, she found that she was often the only person of color in the room. Realizing that this wasn't a problem she faced alone, she launched Minorities in Media Connect (Mimconnect) with my co-founder Bianca Jeanty. Mimconnect is a career resource that creates economic opportunity for marginalized groups through the media industry & beyond.