8:00 - 10:00 am
Malibu Chart House Restaurant
18412 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
WIF Members $15 / Non-Members $20
Special Guests (L-R):
The Blackhouse Board Of Directors:
- Actress Emayatzy E. Corinealdi (Middle Of Nowhere)
- Judge Carla Garrett
- Producer Deirdre' Dix Hunt
- Dr. Stacy L. Smith
- Dr. Jewel Diamond Taylor
- Moderator: Producer Kimberly Ogletree
- Gina McAllister
- Liz Powell
- Khansa Jones-Muhammad, Affiliate
We'll be welcoming many more surprise guests! WIF Networking Breakfasts are immensely popular, as they allow attendees to interact with our special guests, WIF members, and WIF program chairs in a friendly and social atmosphere. Come and meet your peers, eat delicious food and widen your networks in the industry!
TICKETS: WIF Members $15; Non-members $20 (cash at the door) RSVP: Candace Bowen,
TELEPHONE: (310) 457-8664 Membership cards are required at the door to obtain member discount! CLICK HERE FOR A MAP
Award-Winning Actress Emayatzy E. Corinealdi played the role of Ruby in the Award-Winning film, Middle of Nowhere. She has acted in films such as The Silent Treatment, After the Storm, and The Chase. Her TV movie roles include Gun Hill, Romantically Challenged, and The Nanny Express. She has also appeared on television in the "Young and the Restless."
She won the 2012 Gotham Awards’ Breakthrough Award for her role in Middle of Nowhere. Her performance in this role has garnered nominations for other awards, such as the Black Reel Awards for Best Actress and Best Breakthrough Performance, the 2013 Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, and the 2013 Independent Spirit Award Nominee for Best Female Lead.
Judge Carla L. Garrett is an Administrative Law Judge for the State of California. In that capacity, she presides over due process hearings and issues decisions in accordance with the legal principles set forth in federal and state law. She also conducts mediations to assist parties in resolving their disputes, and serves as Acting Presiding Judge when the Presiding Judge is unavailable. Prior, as Deputy Trial Counsel for the State Bar of California, she spent more than a decade prosecuting attorneys for professional misconduct, resulting in the disbarment or the suspension of numerous unethical lawyers. A graduate of UCLA, where she received her bachelors degree in psychology in 1985, and of USC School of Law, where she received her juris doctor in 1988, Carla has worked in both large and small firms specializing in business litigation, civil rights, and insurance defense.
Carla is the author of A Little Child Shall Lead Them, a contemporary novel based on true events, which is filled with hope, desperation, anticipation, and inspiration, and is designed to awaken one’s spiritual giant. She is currently working on her second novel, scheduled to be published this year, which explores the ABCs of forgiveness and heartbreak relief.
Deirdre’ Dix Hunt is executive producer, producer, director and president of Edge Of A Dream Productions. Additionally, she is a creative strategy, branding and marketing executive consultant for corporations and non-profit organizations. She has supplied programming to ABC, Discovery, Fox, NBC, BET and CBS. The combination of her successful production and marketing track record garnered the attention of Sony Pictures executives where they recently signed her to a Preferred Vendor Contract. Currently working as executive consultant and producer / director for SPE, she is collaborating with SPE executives on a global initiative.
For two consecutive terms Hunt served as Vice President of Strategic Planning on the executive board of Women In Film. An active Director member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Producers Guild of America (PGA) she has served as the co-chair of both the African-American Steering Committee and the Women’s Steering Committee of the DGA. A member of the National Association of Minorities In Cable (NAMIC), she is a producer/directing mentor for aspiring TV directors and producers.
Stacy L. Smith (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1999) joined the USC Annenberg faculty in the fall of 2003. Her research focuses on children’s responses to mass media portrayals (television, film, video games) of violence, gender and hypersexuality. Dr. Smith has written more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, and reports on content patterns and effects of the media on youth. Further, she has received multiple "top paper" awards for her research from the Instructional Developmental Division of the International Communication Association. In terms of the popular press, Dr. Smith’s research has been written about in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Salon.com, The Boston Globe, and USA Today. She also has a co-edited essay in Maria Shriver’s book, A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything. READ MORE
Dr. Jewel Diamond Taylor is a conference keynote speaker, author, life coach, radio personality and Founder of Women on the Grow. Her presentations provide insights to understand, observe, and transcend limiting behavior patterns. Her mission statement is to be a positive resource for individuals and organizations to discover and develop their potential and possibilities by transforming limited thinking and unproductive practices into confidence and action. The outcome of Taylor's body of work is to inspire and teach others how to experience more progress, peace, and purposeful living by moving out of passivity, paralysis and procrastination.
Her books include: Success Gems, Sisterfriends, You Are Too Blessed to Be Stressed, The Main Thing is to KEEP the Main Thing the MAIN THING!, Learn How to Love Smart with Your Heart: Desperation is a Terrible Perfume to Wear, I'm Tired...But Still Inspired to Press On, and Pearls of Wisdom. Taylor is the author of the popular black history poem written in 1987 "I'm Not Giving My Black Back," included in her book Sisterfriends; For more, visit DoNotGiveUp.net.
Kimberly Ogletree began her career producing hundreds of music videos for superstars LL Cool J, Stevie Wonder, Will Smith, Boyz II Men, and Public Enemy, just to name a few. Kimberly joined the BET family as Supervising Producer for Development and Special Projects where she produced several syndicated television shows and specials, BET’s 15th Anniversary and The Walk of Fame featuring Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Babyface among others.
Kimberly’s producing credits include BET’s Arabesque films, Rendevous, A Private Affair, Midnight Blue, and Rhapsody starring LisaRaye and directed by Jeff Byrd; Hair Show starring Oscar Recipient, Monique; Playas Ball starring Allen Payne of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne;” Cuttin’ Da Mustard starring Brandon T. Jackson, which won the 2007 Pan African Film Festival Choice Award; the MTV Original Movie, Love Song, directed by Julie Dash; Ashes, which won the 2010 Best Horror Film at Shriekfest; and Hellraiser Revelation for Dimension Films. Recently, Kimberly produced the faith-based film A Beautiful Soul starring gospel artist Deitrick Haddon, Harry J. Lennix and Lesley-Ann Brandt which was released theatrically through AMC Independent and TV One for broadcast.
Kimberly opened her doors to Karat Films, a motion picture and television production company designed to collaborate with visionary filmmakers while creating market--‐driven urban and multicultural content for the global marketplace. Kimberly made her directorial debut with the documentary, The Icons of Hip Hop: The Golden Era which explores the evolution of the Hip Hop from 1983 to 1993.
Kimberly stepped back into the world of television to executive produce the reality series, Keith Sweat’s Platinum House featuring Dru Hill, which aired on Centric. She also landed a pilot for Fuse TV, an original dramatic series The Hustle, directed by Tim Story.
Karat Films has plans to produce six feature film adaptations of the Kimani Tru/Harlequin romance novels and the apocalyptic thriller Fyre Lake. Karat Films is positioning itself as a quality content provider of films and television programs with a distinctive Karat signature. Staying ahead of the curve is Karat Films unique operating philosophy.
Gina M. McAllister – MBA in Finance, Howard University, Gina is a managing partner at Fortitude Financial Management, a full service, boutique business management firm based in Los Angeles, CA. She oversees business management services to clientele in the entertainment industry as well as high net-worth individuals; which includes the accounting, tax and cash flow management needs of individuals and their various business entities. A native of Chicago, IL, GIna began her career in business management in 1996, providing consulting services (tax preparation and accounting) to businesses and entertainment industry professionals in Atlanta, GA. After graduate school, in 2003, she relocated to Los Angeles and worked with several prominent attorneys on divorce and other litigation cases as a Forensic Financial Analyst. Gina’s most recent experience has been as an Account Manager, helping to build the West Coast Family Office Group at Rothstein Kass and as an Accountant at Grant Tani Barash & Altman, managing entertainment clients such as Joni Mitchell, Guy Pearce & Eric Bana. Previous positions held: Tax Cost Analyst, Forensic Financial Analyst, and Real Estate Loan Servicing. Additional skill sets include: Financial Modeling, Tax Planning & Budgeting. Gina is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for The Blackhouse Foundation, Inc. (LA, CA) and The Imagine Initiative, Inc. (Syracuse, NY).
Elizabeth Powell is Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs at IM Global. IM Global is one of the leading film financing, sales and distribution companies in the world, championing a wide variety of cinema, including mainstream commercial, art house, foreign language and genre fare. Elizabeth was previously with Essential Entertainment Media, L.L.C. in Los Angeles. Elizabeth served as Essential’s primary counsel with respect to worldwide distribution, development, production and general corporate matters. She also provided on-site legal support at the Cannes Film Festival and the American Film Market. READ MORE
Khansa Jones-Muhammad – Bachelor in Business Administration, Howard University, Life and Health Insurance Licensed. Founding Member of Fortitude Financial Management, Khansa has 20 years experience in business management with emphasis on managing high net-worth individuals and entertainment clientele. With Gina McAllister, Khansa helped to create Fortitude Financial Management’s premier film investor relations service, Infusion, creating “transparency for Independent Film Investors.” She has helped Independent Film Makers create substantive business plans for their film projects. Khansa’s introduction into business management was with Siegel, Feldstein, & Duffin aka Provident Financial Management preparing tax returns for Grammy Award Winning Artists after completing her undergraduate studies at Howard University in 1993. She has spent 13 years with The Brentwood Management Group, managing some of the firm’s wealthiest clients including Chairman of Paramount Pictures, Multi-Million Dollar Real Estate Investor, and a Goldman Sachs Managing Director. Khansa’s management style places emphasis on helping clients reach long term wealth building goals while managing daily affairs to protect assets, including credit score. Khansa is the Treasurer of the Howard University Alumni Club of Los Angeles and is a Blackhouse Foundation Affiliate. In her spare time Khansa mentor’s high-school youth in developing start up businesses. She also coaches youth cheerleading with the Snoop Youth Football League – Crenshaw Colts Chapter.