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Ashley Allen

Producer of The Taste, America’s Got Talent, Hell’s Kitchen

Kate Brandt
Warner Bros., Women of Warner, OUT@WB

Kate Brandt works at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and is a board member of Women of Warner and OUT@Warner Bros. She is a co-chair of the LA LGBT Center’s 2014 Vanguard Awards, and volunteers with GLAAD and Girls Who Code. A writer, violinist and award-winning filmmaker, she is a member of Outfest Los Angeles’ Alumni Program, serves on the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council, and is a graduate of Bennington College.

Christina “Chrissy” Dodson

Producer/Editor (Go Team Entertainment, Shed Media US)

Tracy Fleischman

Morgenthau Communications, Strategist and Producer

MJ Offen

Head of Animation, JASH + VideoPodcast Network

Mia Adler Ozair, MA, LPCC, NCC
Founder/Director, Channel 4 Change

Mia Adler Ozair is a clinically licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Los Angeles, California. In addition to her ten-plus years of experience as a therapist, she has over 20 years of expertise in the worlds of education, non-profit organizations, and public speaking. She is also a professional writer who recently released, “Insider’s Secrets: How to Choose an Exceptional Therapist (and How to Avoid the Bad Ones).” Mia is the mom to nine kids–yes nine! Three of hers, four of his, and two of theirs, providing Mia with a unique life perspective and ability to educate and guide others in a remarkable way. Mia has held positions ranging from Director of Curriculum for an international non-profit to working as an educator and program developer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in both men’s and women’s facilities. She has conducted educator training and consulting for high profile school districts such as the Chicago Public Schools and other Chicago-area school districts as well as Beverly Hills Unified School Districts. She is a registered provider for Los Angeles Unified School District as well. Mia is the Founder and Director of Channel 4 Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the empowerment of women through all channels of media causing a positive global shift in the treatment of, and opportunities for, women of all ages. For more information please visit

Joseph Pineda
Founder & Chief Creative Officer,
Carmelita Group

Joseph PinedaJoseph “JP” Pineda is a music industry veteran and the Founder & Chief Creative Officer of the Carmelita Group. The Carmelita Group is a boutique, full-service–strategy, branding, & PR agency that specializes in consulting for socially innovative nonprofits and brands. As Founder, Joseph oversees all aspects of the organization and drives their work in producing mission-driven campaigns and partnerships for their clients. The firm’s rare and unique expertise in both—executing high-profile initiatives for internationally recognized brands and working “on-the-ground” with grassroots nonprofits and community organizations–has put them in high-demand amongst nonprofits and social enterprises.

As a music professional, Joseph has been recognized as a pioneer and leader in how the industry can best leverage the power of music for social good.

Throughout his career, which has spanned music, sports, and the nonprofit sector–he has been entrusted with creating and launching company initiatives within each respective industry. JP is constantly striving to take his clients to the “next-level” in their work—though it would be easy to be content with past successes that include leading marketing campaigns for the likes of: CBS, MTV, Boys & Girls Club of America, Universal Music, Island Def Jam, Janet Jackson, The Temptations, Motown, National Bullying Prevention Center, Lovelamp Records, The School Fund, NCAA, & Major League Baseball.

JP credits his Mom, who he describes as “selfless and fearless,” for instilling in him the value of hard work and passion for helping others at a young age. He uses these characteristics to lead the Carmelita Group yet also finds daily inspiration from his clients.

“Our partners are literally trying to change the world and make it a better place. They should expect no less from us,” he says.

In his free time, you can find Joseph pretending to be Spider-man with his nephews or losing his voice watching sports. …Oh and not to mention, Joseph serves on the Board of Directors/Advisory Board for various nonprofits, manages an independent record label, and has performed in front of millions of people in various arenas, as a sports team DJ.

Annie Tedesco


Franca Virgili

Partner, The Cheyenne Group

Wendy Wallace
Wendy Wallace Consulting

Wendy WallaceWendy Wallace has worn many hats over the years, from managing editor of a newspaper to studio executive on more than two hundred hours of television. She’s worked in eCommerce and product marketing, been the general manger of a publishing house, and advised startups and Fortune 500s.

She has served on Boards of Directors for nonprofits and organizations—including nearly ten years for the Producers Guild of America, with two of them as Vice President. She’s a longtime member of the Television Academy and has been on the producing team for more than one hundred hours of broadcast and cable television, miniseries, specials, movies, Internet series, and music videos, as well as an invited judge for film festivals.

Today, Wendy brings her expansive knowledge and experience together as a content, marketing and strategy consultant for businesses large and small, as well as a production and content consultant for major studios and entertainment groups. Find out more at

Alison Williams

Raconteur, Founder/Storyteller

Jennifer Yassen

Senior Director, Marketing, Tinker Tailor

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