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Speed Mentoring Event
Sunday, May 3, 2015, from 9:30am - 12:30pm
Online registration closes on Thursday, April 30 at 5pm.
Sponsored by SAG-AFTRA®
Los Angeles Local
This event is modeled after the speed-dating concept where industry professionals serve as mentors to give valuable career advice to mentees through one-on-one conversations. This setting is ideal for students and young professionals, but does not exclude those already established who may be seeking a career change. It's all about meeting people, making connections and helping each other. All ages and career levels are welcome.
Mentors and mentees will be seated at tables. A five-minute stop watch will mark the time and when the bell rings, mentees will move down the line to the next mentor. It's fun and a great way to meet a lot of people.
Light breakfast will be served. Space is limited. This event sells out every year.
Watch this video by one of our mentors, Minoti Vaishnav: SpeedMentoring_video.MOV
Rachel Bailit is an Actress and Teacher at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. She also works as a Model at Animation Studios. She is former casting director and owner of Compassionate Casting. In her “free” time she works as a Red Carpet Host and Fashion Blogger.
Corinne Baldassano, Senior Vice President, Programming and Marketing; Take On The Day, LLC/The Dr. Laura Program
Kimberly Blagrove is Founder & President of Vogue Translations, a translation firm specializing in French and English Translations. Her career spans over 15 years throughout which she has used her writing and language skills for various industries including Entertainment, Marketing and PR.
Samantha Brown is Vice President of Strategic Sales for Vubiquity, the leading global provider of premium content services, where she specializes in digital media distribution across all technologies. Prior to Vubiquity she has held leadership positions in sales and marketing with ESPN Networks/ The Walt Disney Company, NBC Universal, and Paramount/Viacom and had helped design and launch grassroot media companies.
Stacia Burke: Having spent over 20 years in the Advertising Industry focusing on Media Marketing and Promotional Platforms, Burke has been part of an evolving Media landscape that changes daily. Her career has followed these trends and evolved with the space. She is excited to see where the new frontier in Media leads us.
Kristen Campo is currently a Partner at Fabrik Entertainment (FKA Fuse Entertainment) where she heads Production and Development. Kristen Co-Produced for FOX’s THE GOOD GUYS and is Executive Producer for AMC and Netflix’s THE KILLING and the forthcoming series, NBC’s ODYSSEY and FX’s THE COMEDIANS.
Tish Ciravolo is the Founder and President of Daisy Rock Guitars, the only girl guitar company in the world. Tish has also propelled the girls’ rock empowerment message far beyond the music industry through licensing partnerships—on top of rocking stages all over the country and most importantly, being a mother of two. She is an author, filmmaker, speaker, music artist, and philanthropist.
Libby Coffey, Vice President, Public Relations, MSO PR
Vic Cohen is a TV comedy writer (Emmy nominated), producer, show creator and comedic actor who has starred/written on comedy shows on Fox ("Mobbed"), NBC ("Deal or No Deal"), TBS ("Deal With It"), and other cable networks. Vic holds a Masters degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and he is currently starring with Howie Mandel in the award winning documentary film ("Committed"), that Howie has made about Vic's unique brand of comedy.
D. Cotter is Head of Social Media at ShowBizCentral, Inc. and is the Founder/Editor-In-Chief of the Motion Picture Technology entertainment industry technology media network.
James Cross is a principal in Cross/Rogers productions. A 20 plus year animation director, Cross has worked for Saban Entertainment, DIC Entertainment, Fox Kids and Warner Bros. His clients include the NFL (Creator of the NFL RUSHZONE), McDonalds, Sketchers, Olympics, Calico, Sprout, Disney and ABC Mouse. He is the creator of the preschool series, IT'S MONKEY TIME! where he produced and directed under his label, Semaj Entertainment.
Daniela D’Angelo is a Factual TV Producer, Writer and Director of almost 20 years. Specializing in non-scripted story telling , she has produced more than 50 programs including THE AMAZING RACE, MASTERCHEF, CASTAWAY for the BBC and OUTBACK house for the ABC.
Bill Denton, General Sales Manager, KFI/KEIB/KLAC; iHeartMedia
Dave Duffy, Digital Cinema, Deployment Director at Cinedigm. Dave has been working in digital cinema distribution and deployment since it’s infancy in 2005 when Cinedigm owned the only, twenty-eight digital screens in the US. Now 99% of the US screens are digital and Dave manages the over 12,000 Cinedigm screens across the globe.
Elena Epstein is the Director of Content and Strategic Partnerships at L.A. Parent. She oversees the editorial content of L.A. Parent’s monthly and annual publications. Elena began her career as a newspaper reporter and prior to purchasing L.A. Parent magazine with her husband, ran her own marketing/media relations consulting business focusing on healthcare marketing. She has worked with such organizations as Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck Medicine of USC and UCLA School of Nursing.
Kathryn Evans started her career working in the Art Department for independent films and music videos painting backgrounds and making custom props. She is currently employed as a freelance Scenic Artist working at the Walt Disney Company.
Renee Flores is the Local Sales Manager at High Desert Broadcasting over a seven station radio cluster in Palmdale, CA.
Aaron Ganz, Senior Analyst, Financial Planning; FOX International Channels
Mary Beth Garber, Executive Vice President, Marketing Strategy; Katz Media Group
Lisa Giuntoli is an Account Executive with L.A. Parent Magazine and NAPPA, specializing in print & digital media as well as marketing/sponsorship opportunities in the Los Angeles market. Prior to L.A. Parent, she spent 18+ years in the Music Industry, holding positions in Promotion and Marketing with various labels including Giant/Revolution and Virgin Records.
Alexandra Greenberg, Senior Vice President, MSO PR. Since joining MSO PR in 2001, Greenberg has broadened the company’s music/lifestyle client roster by expanding its electronic division, while at the same time working with artists in rock and alternative fields. She’s been an integral part of many of MSO’s top campaigns for artist, DVD and soundtrack releases, events and venues.
Angela Guice. As Founder and Executive Producer of Hollywood’s award-winning television production company NuContext, Angela stands as one of the leading female entrepreneurs in the entertainment marketing industry. With over 15 years of experience ideating and producing innovative campaigns targeted at the pulse of today’s varied audiences, she stands at the forefront for innovation and creativity in television and branded content marketing.
Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff, PhD, MA. Business Coach and Trainer known for inspiring massive action and being a catalyst for business growth, attracting clients, and profits in a way that is fun, relaxing, and fulfilling. Sheri inspires people to the do work they love and make money. Her clients have a passion for making a difference and making a profit.
Ruth House is Public Affairs Supervisor for ABC7 and represents them in the community. She works closely with many non-profit agencies, organizations, and advertising clients, in order to develop and implement the Station’s Media Campaigns which promote important issues of concern to the communities within the five county area. She also supervises all production aspects of the media campaigns, including PSA’s, commercials and videos.
Shellie Hunt is Founder and CEO of Success is by Design, ReMake MY Life LLC, The Women of Global Change.
De Ivett - As founder of 5D Spectrum, a multimedia design & programming firm, De Ivett leads the creative and technical teams to deliver engaging interactive experiences and memorable marketing campaigns. With a passion for arts and music education for kids, De is an active board member of Rock School Scholarship Fund, providing funding to kids for music programs nationwide.
Ilyanne Morden Kichaven serves as the SAG-AFTRA Los Angles Local Executive Director, representing more than 80,000 members. A Los Angeles native, she previously served as the first female Hollywood Executive Director in Screen Actors Guild’s history, as well as SAG’s top communications and marketing executive.
Robyn Lattaker-Johnson is a television executive with over 20 years of experience developing content, packaging talent, leading teams and celebrating successful series across multiple networks. She most recently served as Vice President of Unscripted Programming for the Syfy network where she oversaw Face Off, among many other series. She is currently working as a content strategy advisor to various industry professionals.
Shelley Lee, Radio Personality, Los Angeles Radio Stations.
Robin P. Lynn, President - Wolf Tone, Inc. Providing strategic consulting and creative services within the music industry, Wolf Tone’s services have been utilized by Universal Music Group, EMI, Capitol Records, Blue Note, Capitol Studios, EMI Music Publishing, KPM, Hans Zimmer, John Cale, Flight of the Conchords, Apple and many, many more.
Cindy Melgar is a seasoned broadcast sales executive with over 22 years in the industry. After 20 years in Spanish radio and television sales and management, she took a Senior sales position with Emmis Communications (Power 106) in 2013.
Tanya Memme is the host of two Emmy Nominated TV shows on A&E "Sell This House" and "Sell This House Extreme," Hallmark Channel's Home & Family "DIY" Expert, and KTLA's Best Vacations and mom entrepreneur.
Stacy Milner, Founder, Executive Temps – For over 25 years Executive Temps has exclusively serviced the entertainment industry working with major networks and studio and launching the careers of thousands of new industry hopefuls. Stacy is also the author of “Leveraging UP! The key to launching your entertainment career” an industry resource guide that is being hailed as, “A must-read life jacket for navigating the shark infested waters of Hollywood.”
Ted Milner is a Graduate of Biola University. He is a former professional baseball player having played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astro, Cleveland Indian and California Angels. He is President of Executive Temps one of the leading entertainment Employment Agency for over 25 years.
Pixie Monroe, CEO / founder of Monroe Casting and Production Services, Inc. Pixie’s company has worked with studios (Disney), networks (Fox) and individual directors (Steven Spielberg). An active member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Local #399 Casting Directors Union, Entertainment Industries Council (PRISM AWARDS) and Commercial Casting Directors Association, Pixie also served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Women in Radio and Television.
Frank Mottek, business news anchor, KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO. Mottek hosts the top-rated KNX Business Hour with business movers and shakers right after the closing bell on Wall Street.
Laura Nickerson: Host of CTV's "The Buzz" and KHTS AM 1220's "SVC Buzz", Momblogger at #BuzzLA
Stacey Oziel is Senior Counsel at 20th Century Fox where she provides legal support to both the Chief Information Officer and various home entertainment executives. She is the secretary and member of the board of directors of Pacific Opera Project (POP), a cutting-edge opera company dedicated to producing affordable, innovative opera for the masses.
Saida Pagan is a Los Angeles-based award-winning broadcast journalist, on-camera performer and media specialist with extensive experience in television news, print and media training. She is also a university professor who holds a master’s degree with distinction in Strategic Communication from National University. In more recent years, Saida has turned her attention to education, teaching English and other academic courses.
Robin Boudreau Palmer - A licensing partner with Audible (an Amazon company), Robin invented My Wake UP Call® Motivational Alarm Clock® Messages & My Good Night Messages™, over 100-hours of patented 5-minute messages which bookend your day inspired to live the life of your dreams with HH the Dalai Lama, The Secret’s Dr. Joe Vitale, Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Jack Canfield and other experts. An accomplished actress, Robin Boudreau Palmer starred in Broadway musicals for 15 years as Robin Boudreau, her maiden name.
Marc Pariser has over 25 years’ experience successfully representing writers, directors, producers, production companies, and comedians as a television packaging agent at The William Morris Agency and Creative Artists Agency. Currently he is founder/CEO of ShowBizCentral, a revolutionary new platform to help people who work in film, television and digital media manage their clients, projects, and careers more effectively.
Jenn Sherry Parry is an Emmy award winning television producer with 14 years’ experience in the Los Angeles market. She is currently Senior Field Producer of The Doctors, a daytime medical talk show on CBS. As a one-woman band in the field, she directs, shoots camera and operates audio all at the same time.
Scott Perry - Prior to running LA Tech Digest, Scott Perry ran legendary music industry resource New Music Tipsheet for a dozen years. Perry specializes in integrated / experiential / social visual content marketing consultant for CPG, film, TV, music, tech industries; clients include PledgeMusic, BBC, CBS, Discovery, Fox, Hasbro, MTV, Viacom, Sony, Universal, Shoplocket, HipSwap, damntheradio, and nearly every label & manager in the US.
Jenny Rieu, an actress, singer and model who just launched her own boutique PR agency which offers branding, sponsorship, custom ad campaigns leading to product placements (for brands, artists and designers), and personalized wardrobe styling.
Cali T. Rossen, Actress,Filmmaker,Artist. Ambassador Save the Children of Tibet. Founder of The Pow Girl Productions: Several projects in development below & above the line.
Shannon Rosenberg is an Account Executive with Outfront Media. Shannon works with local and national accounts selling media space.
Joanna Sanchez is a working actress, an award winning producer and an acting coach. She is committed to her own career as well as helping others to achieve their dreams.
James Shilkret is currently a Brand Marketing Supervisor with Saatchi & Saatchi L.A. managing national brand integration programs for Toyota Motor Sales. With a 15-year career in professional sports and entertainment marketing, James has worked for Geffen Records, Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Brittany Silverstein is an award-winning News Producer at KUSI-TV, San Diego’s only independent news station. She has more than five years of experience in the television industry, having worked in the Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo-Santa Maria-Santa Barbara news markets. Follow her on Twitter at @KUSIBrittany.
Nicole Smith is Vice President of Brand New Media, a global digital content and broadcast company with offices in the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Germany and the Philippines. Brand New Media produces format TV, digital TV and have both broadcast television and digital television channels that also broadcast across social media, in multiple markets. Prior to this, she launched and ran their TV channel in Australia.
Liz Staley is an Executive Director at Universal Music Group Royalty and Copyright Division responsible for Technology and Training. She has worked for Universal Studios and Universal Music Group for 18 years; 16 years as an IT professional.
Kate Talbot - Consumer PR and corporate communications specialist with an international career spanning a decade across the US, UK and Australia. Worked for some of the world’s biggest blue chip brands, including Virgin, Volkswagen and Moet Hennessy, as well as nurtured start-ups. At Klick, an award winning global PR and social agency, Kate splits her time between fostering new client relationships and managing the business’ accounts.
Minoti Vaishnav is the founder of Prophecy Girl Films, working on indie films as well as on projects from studios like HBO and Paramount. She is also an award-winning screenwriter, and a songwriter with two albums out – The Fictional Truth (2010) and Secret Garden (2013) with a third album scheduled to release in fall 2015.
Sarah Vance-Tompkins - Writer. She currently works as a social media strategist. Her first full-length novel will be published in April 2016.
Noel Wax - Vice President, CBS Altitude Group, Noel is a veteran in the sports media and entertainment business having spent the last 17 years with CBS Radio. Noel brings his passionate attitude to each of his clients as he always strives to find creative and meaningful ways to rise above the crowded marketing landscape.
Danisha Wrighster - Motivating others through their challenges to success and happiness is the driving force why Danisha Danielle Wrighster, is the principal of commercial real estate firm, Hoston & Associates, multi-platform media personality, host of the "OWNshow" and professional speaker
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* Mentors not guaranteed. Cancellations may occur.