HBCU in LA – Hollywood Summit 

JUNE 1 – Emerson College, NBC Universal


9:00 AM

Welcome and Kickoff Breakfast 

Fireside Chat with Nichol Whitman, CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (Spelman College Alum)
Moderator: Stacy Milner, Founder & CEO, EICOP/HBCU in LA

10:15 AM

Strategies for Internship Success: Business Acumen, Personal Brand, and Managing Up

This “Professional Development Bootcamp” will provide strategies and resources for workplace navigation and maximizing the internship experience
Halleemah Nash, Founder of Rosecrans Ventures (Howard University Alum)
Courtney Mays, Fashion Stylist

1:00 PM

Lunch and Networking with HBCU Grads at NBCU

2:00 PM

From The Yard to Hollywood: Careers In Unscripted Reality

This panel will feature HBCU graduates at NBC Universal that will discuss their role in creating your favorite unscripted programs at Bravo, OXY, E! and Peacock.

Salena Rochester, Vice President Current Production & Development at BRAVO (Hampton University Alum)

Brittinee Royes, Director of Production & Development (Southern University Alum)

Tenaja Williams, Director, Unscripted Development (Documentary, Crime & Lifestyle) for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming (Howard University Alum)

Moderated by: Jaunice Sills, Sr. Director, Content Strategy at E! Networks (Spelman College Alum)

3:00 PM

NBC Universal Backlot Tour

Thursday June 2 – Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures, United Talent Agency


8:30 AM

Walt Disney Studios Lot Visit & Industry Panel

12:30 PM

Sony Pictures Entertainment Lot Visit & Industry Panel

5:00 PM

HBCU Networking Reception hosted by United Talent Agency

Friday June 3 – United Talent Agency, Grammy Museum


8:00 AM

Gaming Networking Huddle

Joshua Taub, COO at Activision

9:00 AM

Diverse Pathways to Careers in Entertainment

Black executives discuss ways they broke into the industry through unconventional career opportunities.

Cassaundra Hawkins, Director of Account Management at Entertainment Partners (Howard University Alum)

Chad Foster, Senior Creator Success Manager at Patreon (Morehouse College Alum)

David Hargrett, Founder & CEO of Affective Music (Florida A&M University Alum)

Nikki Love, SVP of Development & Production for ALLBlk.tv (Clark Atlanta University)

Zuri Godfrey, Associate Marketing Manager at Google (HBCU in LA & Howard University Alum)

Moderator: Halleemah Nash, Founder at Rosecrans Ventures (Howard University Alum)

10:15 AM

United Talent Agency Presents: Black Executives Panel

Leadership stories from UTA Black Executives, and tips for success Eni Akintade-Agent, Motion Picture Literary Department

Andrea Nelson Meigs- Partner & Agent, Talent (Spelman College Alum)

Darnell Strom-Partner and Head of Culture and Leadership (Florida A&M University Alum)

Moderator: Lindsey Wagner, Chief Diversity Officer

11:30 AM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM

Breaking into the Industry: A Conversation on Recruitment and Success Strategies

Strategies that companies are employing to create opportunities for diverse talent and ways to break into the industry from a recruitment perspective.

LaTanya Foster, Head of People, Savage x Fenty (Howard University Alum)
Tiffany Mayberry, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Endeavor Content
Jocelyn Monroe, Recruitment Lead at CAA (Albany State Alum)
Kameren Waln, Recruiter, University Relations, Warner Media
Seema Yedavalli, Senior Manager, Early and Emerging Talent at Mattel, Inc
Moderator: Paul Tranchese, Director, Talent Development at ICM Partners

2:15 PM

United Talent Agency: Spotlight Session

Fireside chat with VIP Guest

Grammy Museum

5:15 PM

HBCU Roundtable + Executive Panel: Levers for Diversity in Hollywood

The roundtable will bring together university representatives and industry executives for conversations on building the bridge between HBCUs and the Entertainment Industry. The panel conversation will focus on the impact and relevance of HBCUs, the power of the talent produced, and the critical role of creating a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce.

Derrick Johnson, President of NAACP
Dr. Sharoni Little, Head of Global Inclusion at Creative Artists Agency
Adam Lotts, Sr. Manager, Recruiting at Endeavor Content
Solia Mitchell, Manager, Global Talent Acquisition at Sony
Dr. Anthony L. Pinder, Vice Provost Internationalization & Equity -Academic Affairs at Emerson College
Stacie Sasaki, Sr. Director, Global Early Careers at Activision
Moderator: Arthur P. McMahan, Ph.D. Senior Associate Director at White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities

6:00 PM

HBCU in LA Summit Citywide Closing Reception

HBCU in LA will host sponsors, cohort, employment partners, and HBCU interns from across the city for a closing reception

Keynote: VIP