Meet the Women Speaking at The Diverse Women in Media Forum
NALIP is excited to announce the Diverse Women in Media Forum speakers for December 7th, to be held at the Pacific Design Center: Spectra. Attendees will learn from dynamic industry women leaders, hear thought-provoking sessions and come away with new tools, ideas and connections to influence the future of women in media.
Publisher, Media Moves; Contributor, Forbes
Veronica Villafañe is an Emmy award-winning journalist and the founder and publisher of the popular media industry news site Media Moves. She also writes about Hispanic media and entertainment as a regular contributor for Forbes and other publications. She has worked as a reporter, anchor, producer, columnist and writer for Spanish and English-language broadcast, print and online media, including Univisión, Telemundo, CNN en Español, Fox’s KTTV in L.A., and the San Jose Mercury News, before moving into the digital news world. An expert on Hispanic media, she is a former national President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).
President & Founding Partner mitú
Beatriz is the president and founding partner of mitú, the leading digital media company bringing a Latino POV to mainstream media. As the voice of Latino youth, mitú’s unapologetic storytelling drives more than half a billion monthly views, with over 100 million people a month engaging with its cross-cultural content.
Acevedo is a digital pioneer and network approved show-runner with more than 20 years of entertainment experience, having created, developed and produced hundreds of original, primetime television shows and award-winning digital series. Her agnostic approach to both traditional and digital content creation has earned Beatriz three Emmy Awards, an MTV Award, and two Streamy Awards. She has also developed and produced television and digital branded content for over a dozen Blue Chip brands.
Beatriz is passionate about mentoring and empowering the next generation of Latino leaders and diversity as good ROI. She lives in Santa Monica and is a proud and passionate Latina who juggles work along with her 12 year old twins Isabela and Diego.
Producer, Room 104
Emmy nominee Xan Aranda is an award-winning director, producer, and consultant with projects ranging from fiction and documentary film and TV to branded content, commercials, and music videos. Xan’s Emmy nomination was alongside Jill Soloway for Transparent’s This is Me, a collection of short films for which she served as Producer and Co-Executive Producer. With Mark and Jay Duplass, Xan developed and serves as an Executive Producer of HBO’s Room 104. She also produced Blue Jay with Mel Eslyn, starring Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. After its world premiere at the New York Film Festival and Lincoln Center, Xan’s directorial debut Andrew Bird: Fever Year screened in over 90 festivals and took home nine awards. Her clients have included Focus Features, Amazon, Epitaph Records, Starbucks, the U.S. Department of Education, and a wide variety of acclaimed independent content creators.
Manager, Head of Spanish Originals for You Tube Red
Margie Moreno oversees all Spanish Content worldwide as part of the You Tube Red Originals International team. Before joining You Tube, she served as the Vice President of Production and Development for NBC Universo, the NBC Universal cable network targeting US Hispanics. Moreno has over 15 years of television experience, having served as both a producer and network executive. Prior to NBC Universo, Moreno was Head of Development for Imagina US/ Promofilm US, an international production company with hubs in Europe, Latin America and the US. Moreno began her career as Director of Original Programming at Turner after stints at Lionsgate Television and Mandalay Entertainment. She also serves as Board Co-Chair for NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) and is a Los Angeles Board member of Step Up Women's Network which looks to empower girls from under-resourced communities.
Brittany A. Little
Director of Drama Programming and Development, FOX
Brittany A. Little currently serves as Director of Drama Programming and Development for FOX Broadcasting Company. In this role, she is responsible for the development of new drama pilots/series and oversees current programming - including EMPIRE and STAR – for the network. Prior to joining FOX’s drama department, Little was Director of Scripted Development and Programming at A&E. Earlier, Little was based in A&E’s NYC office, where she developed and oversaw non-fiction, documentary programming, reality, scripted hybrid series and TV movies for A&E, Lifetime Movie Network, and the BIO channel. A two-time Primetime Emmy nominee, Little began her career working in theater and in scripted production on series like LAW & ORDER: SVUand PRIME SUSPECT. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, she graduated with honors from The University of Chicago.
Founder + CEO, #WeAllGrow Latina Network
Ana Flores is founder and CEO of#WeAllGrow Latina Network, the first and largest community of Latina digital influencers, hyperlocal events and annual Summit that boldly propels growth through brand partnerships and community development. Ana has been recognized by the prestigious Holmes Report among their 2015 Innovator 25 and was named as one of People en Español’s “Las 25 Mujeres Más Poderosas” of 2017. In 2016 she was invited to speak on two occasions at the White House, including the United State of Women Summit on gender diversity and women empowerment issues. She's on NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Initiative Advisory Committee, Common Sense Media’s Latino Advisory Council and currently sits on the Barbie Global Advisory Council. Born in Houston, Texas, raised in El Salvador and a graduate of the University of Florida, Ana is now settled in Los Angeles, where she lives with her daughter.
Actor, Queen of the South, Room 104
Mrs. Falcon currently stars as “Camila Vargas” in the hit USA Network television series “Queen of the South”. She was part of the first season cast of the Duplass Brothers critically acclaimed HBO series "Room 104”. Born in Mexico City, Mrs. Falcon is considered one of best & most versatile actors of her generation, she has an extensive & diverse body of work on stage and screen that expands for almost three decades. She has produced, written & directed several projects for the stage and she has worked as a creative consultant & producer for the Mexican Television Industry. But is as an actor and that Mrs. Falcon has been known to audiences in Mexico & abroad. As an actor she has worked with many of the most respected directors in her country. She has performed in over twenty films, fifty plays and countless television shows, many of those have been highly successful series exported to many countries all over the world. She has transformed into countless characters throughout her career. Her performance as “La Madrina” in Everardo Gout’s critically acclaimed film “Days of Grace” helped establish her as one of the strongest actors in the Mexican Film Industry. The film won seven Mexican Academy Awards and her performance is still mentioned as a standard on quality. In 2014, she was nominated for a Silver Goddess Award (Mexico’s equivalent to the Golden Globe) for Best Supporting Actress for the role of “La Diabla” in Carlos Cuaron’s film “Sugar Kisses”. This year, Veronica was nominated as Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama for the Imagen Award for her role as “Camila Vargas” in “Queen of the South”. Mrs. Falcon has been published as an author, she was published in ”Toma 5” Mexico’s foremost magazine of film & theater. Some of her short stories have been published as well in several newspapers as collaborations. Two of her plays have been produced, one as a staged read & another one in the fifteen minute Micro theatre format. That play; “Basking Aphrodite” was voted “Best Play of the year” by the audience & critics, so it became a “Classic” within the Global Theater Project “Micro-theater”, the play had three very successful runs in Mexico & abroad. Veronica is also known as an exceptional choreographer, she choreographed several productions for Mexico’s National Opera. Her choreography of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” is still considered one of the most innovative & daring choreographies ever created for the Company. She has a Teacher’s degree in English, speaks fluent German & French. She is also a proud mother of a sixteen year old son. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Jaina Lee Ortiz
Actor, Grey's Anatomy, Rosewood, The After
Jaina Lee Ortiz will next star in ABC’s upcoming spinoff of GREY’S ANATOMY from creator Shonda Rhimes. The 10-episode drama will follow a group of heroic firefighters, led by Jaina’s character. For the past 2 seasons, Jaina starred in the Fox series ROSEWOOD opposite Morris Chestnut. Other television credits include THE AFTER for Amazon and SHOOTER for USA. As a kid, Jaina learned how to dance Salsa, which turned into a professional dance career where she toured internationally as an instructor and performer. She was born in Monterey, California and grew up in the Bronx, New York. She is the only child of 1st generation Puerto Rican parents and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Actor, Dexter, Lucifer, El Chicano
After graduating from Northwestern University, actress Aimee Garcia broke into television with roles on shows such as “American Family” and “Greetings From Tucson.” She was nominated for an ALMA Award and an IMAGEN Award for her role on “Trauma” and “The George Lopez Show,” and won an ALMA and was nominated for a SAG Award for her work on “Dexter.” Currently a series regular on Fox’s “Lucifer,” Garcia will be seen next in the upcoming films What They Had opposite Hilary Swank and Saint Judy with Alfred Molina. She also starred in the Jose Padilha directed Robocop opposite Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton. Her latest project El Chicano just wrapped with Raul Castillo and George Lopez directed by Ben Bray.
Actor, Insecure / Director, Cowboy and Indian
With her infectious personality and unique sense of humor, Pittsburgh native Sujata Day has established herself in Hollywood as a multi-talented performer, creator and writer. Sujata is known for her starring role as CeCe in Issa Rae’s The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. She plays the recurring role of Sarah on HBO's Insecure. Recent onscreen credits include Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Life in Pieces and The Grinder. Sujata is a 2016 Sundance Labs fellow. Her directing debut Cowboy and Indian is now playing at an Asian film festival near you.
More speakers to come.
Make sure to RSVP to the Diverse Women in Media Forum happening on December 7th, 2017.