Carlos WatsonJoy ProfetNiija KuykendallMonique CarswellKenneth EbieJackie GagneKatherine LiuSheila MarmonNneka NorvilleRonald SimonsJames E. BartlettDiahann Billings-Burford

Carlos Watson

Carlos Watson is the co-founder and CEO of OZY, the daily information source for important stories told nowhere else. With 40 million monthly unique users and 5 million subscribers, OZY brings readers “the new and the next,” offering 100% original content.
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Joy Profet

Joy Profet is the Chief Operating Officer for Essence Communications with responsibilities over the brand’s strategic, financial, planning and administrative functions. In this role, Joy partners with ESSENCE’s leadership team to design and execute the brand’s consumer touch-points across all media platforms. She also has direct management of the ESSENCE Festival and its international branded…
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Niija Kuykendall

Niija Kuykendall is the Senior Vice President, Production at Warner Bros. Pictures where she just finished production on the film JUST MERCY starring Michael B. Jordan and in post-production on the films GODZILLA 2 and THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR starring Yara Shahidi. In her time at Warner Bros., Kuykendall has overseen the production…
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Monique Carswell

Monique is no stranger to hard work and perseverance. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, her passion and dedication are reflected in her many accomplishments that showcase her executive leadership, community activism and international flair. With 15 years of experience encompassing a combination of marketing, business development, public relations, partnership…
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Kenneth Ebie

Ken Ebie is Deputy General Counsel and Director of External Affairs at the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, where he directs legislative affairs and negotiates partnerships with various stakeholders to support NYC's creative industries. In his role, Ken has led initiatives to expand access to cultural programming and to expose underserved youth to…
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Jackie Gagne

Jackie Gagne’s career is characterized by her steadfast advocacy for diversity and inclusion and her innate sense of culture. Her expertise and vision are evident in her work at HBO, where she is enjoying her second stint with the company as Vice President, Multicultural Marketing. Gagne, a Brooklyn native and first-generation Cuban American, oversees a…
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Katherine Liu

As Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations for Viacom International Media Networks, Katherine Liu is responsible for building brands with global strength and local relevance and creating a strategic vision across a business that spans 160+ countries and territories and more than 10 unique media brands. Katherine's role includes operation and performance management in…
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Sheila Marmon

Sheila Marmon has a passion for the launch and operation of new businesses in the digital media industry and has created innovative platforms for over 15 years. As Founder + CEO of Mirror Digital, an interactive media and advertising company, she helps Fortune 500 brands tap into the fastest growing U.S. consumer base - the…
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Nneka Norville

Ms. Nneka Norville is the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at BET Networks where she is responsible for leveraging BET’s brand equity for social good and protecting the Network’s brand reputation. As such, she directs all of the company’s charitable giving, philanthropy program partnerships and employee engagement strategy. Nneka also leads BET’s external stakeholder relationships…
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Ronald Simons

Ron Simons is a four-time Tony Award-winning producer, four-time Sundance Film Festival selected producer and actor of stage, film and television. Ron is the Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment. Ron recently won his 4th Tony Award for the August Wilson hit Broadway show Jitney, under the category "Best Revival of a Play," making him…
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James E. Bartlett

James E. Bartlett is Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout Mr. Bartlett’s diverse career in media and the arts, he has developed new models for creative development that take into account the changing landscape of modern business, media, and technology. In 2006, Mr. Bartlett co-founded…
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Diahann Billings-Burford

Diahann Billings-Burford is an Executive Director at Time Warner Inc., where she serves as a member of the Cultural Investments’ team and has primary responsibility for the strategic direction of philanthropy, the programs and resources provided to stimulate and support employee community engagement, and community investments.   Prior to this role Diahann has worked in…
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