Tuesday, October 21st

Breakfast Event Open to All Attendeees

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM – Ballroom Terrace - Webcast Live from This Room

Enhancing the Role of Women in Technology, Entertainment and Entrepreneurship: The Challenge of the Industry and Government:

Laura Z. Rosenthal. Councilmember, City of Malibu

Meghan Sahli-Wells, Mayor of Culver City

Carolyn Ramsay, Chief of Staff LA Councilmember Tom LaBong and Candidate for LA Council

Madeline Di Nonno, CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and See Jane

Amanda Morgan McAllister, ‎Head of MSN Global Marketing, Microsoft

Josie Roman, Founder and Managing Director, Sealight Enterprises, Moderator

Introduction by: Laura (Behrman) Stotland, Executive Director, Alliance for Women in Media, Southern California

and Cultures and French. She has traveled extensively studying visual anthropology, conducting sociological research, and working as an English/French translator and volunteer teacher. Meghan’s collective photography project with children in a Madagascar orphanage and community center revealed the importance of community interdependence and our relationship to natural resources. While living in Paris for nine years, she learned about urban density, efficient and alternative modes of transit, and how city planning can improve quality of life.

 

Laura Zahn Rosenthal was elected to the City Council in April 2010 and re-elected to a second term in April 2014. Her term will expire in April 2018. She served as Mayor Pro Tem from January 2011 to November 2011, and as Mayor from November 2011 to August 2012.   Laura is a member of the League of California Cities Environmental Quality Policy Committee. She is the City’s alternate representative to the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and our local Council of Governments, as well as a Los Angeles County Library Commissioner. She sits on the JPA with Santa Monica College and is a liaison to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.   As a volunteer, Laura has served the City as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner and Public Works Commissioner. She has been a member of the Malibu Business Roundtable since 2004 and was also on the Malibu Economic Advisory Committee.   Beginning when her two sons were young, Laura spent many years working as an education activist and school district volunteer, focusing on environmental and marine education. She is a past PTA president at Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School, Shark Fund Director at Malibu High School, PTA Council board member for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and co-chair for a number of education measure campaigns in Malibu. Working with the Malibu Foundation for Youth and Families, Laura was the event coordinator for the 2009 Malibu Youth Leadership Summit. She is the founder and current City Council liaison for Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS).  Laura's civic interests (and passions) include coastal protection, environmental innovation, water conservation and recycling, clean water, education and youth, the arts, and public safety. Her goals while on the Council have included passing a graywater ordinance (completed April 2012), helping make Malibu and PCH safer and more accessible for bicyclists, motorists, pedestrians, and coastal access, improving the City's relationship with outside agencies, adopting a View Protection Ordinance (completed January 2014), establishing a Cultural Arts Commission (completed June 2012), and improving communication between the City, its residents, and the greater Los Angeles area.   Laura hails from Great Neck, New York and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Psychology with Departmental Honors. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California and has been a practicing Clinical Psychologist for 30 years. She is also a consultant for strategic and community outreach efforts.  Known as a consensus builder and a judicious and hardworking public servant, Laura’s psychology background has been invaluable in working with the myriad of people that have dealings with the City. She knows how to listen yet also articulate complex and competing issues before her.   Laura's Malibu family includes her husband Walter, a businessman, her son Will (Malibu High School Class of 2013), son Joe (Malibu High School Class of 2009, University of Oregon Class of 2013), sister Claudia Zahn, and father Leonard Zahn, a former Mayor of Thomaston (Great Neck, New York). She and her family have lived in Malibu since 1989.

 

Carolyn Ramsay is an American politician, environmental advocate, and former journalist. She currently serves as the Chief of Staff to Tom LaBonge, a three-term member of the Los Angeles City Council who represents Los Angeles’s fourth district.  Ramsay recently announced her candidacy to replace LaBonge.  Before going into local government, Ramsay worked as a freelance journalist for local and national news outlets. Her career in public service began in 2006, when she was hired as a field deputy by LaBonge’s office and then as the communications deputy for the councilman. In 2010 she left the council office to serve as the program director for the Los Angeles office of the Trust for Public Land, a non-profit environmental organization. In this capacity, Ramsay played a key role in managing the organizations campaign against the privatization of undeveloped, natural spaces across the city. Under her direction, the organization fought to protect public spaces such as Griffith Park and the landmark Hollywood sign[4] as well as to increase park space across the greater Los Angeles area.  In 2012 she accepted the job of Chief of Staff to Councilman Tom LaBonge.

Madeline Di Nonno is the Chief Executive Officer of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the only research based non-profit working with the entertainment and media community to improve gender diversity in children's entertainment through research based programs. Di Nonno leads the Institute's strategic direction and brings over thirty years experience in media, marketing and business development in the entertainment, non-profit, digital media and consumer packaged goods industries.  Previously, Di Nonno served as President and CEO of On The Scene Productions, a leader in digital media content creation and distribution. Di Nonno lead the company’s new business development and content distribution platforms for the entertainment, healthcare, and consumer products clients such as Nike, Gatorade, Iconix, and PepsiCo. Prior to On The Scene, Di Nonno served in executive marketing positions for Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Media and Echo Bridge Home Entertainment where she led global brand marketing, branded franchise development, acquisitions, digital media initiatives for home entertainment and limited theatrical releases in North America, United Kingdom and Australia.  As Executive Vice President and GM for Nielsen EDI, a leading research provider of Theatrical distribution measurement and information, Di Nonno drove innovations in product development, new business development and client management.  Previously, Di Nonno served as Senior Vice President, Marketing Alliances and Digital media at the Hallmark Channel, and helped launch the cable channel and established marketing, digital media, e-commerce, and corporate alliance functions. Di Nonno developed revenue-generating, integrated marketing programs with brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Fuji, Mail Boxes Etc., Universal Pictures, Target, Sony Pictures, Chrysler, and Baskin Robbins.  Di Nonno pioneered the Channel’s digital media initiatives.  Di Nonno served eight years at Universal Studios Home Video as Vice President, Strategic Marketing where she established the company’s first Websites and digital marketing campaigns. Di Nonno supervised marketing campaigns for all theatrical, direct-to-video and library releases and spearheaded Universal’s launch into DVD.  Di Nonno began her career at ABC Television Network in corporate publicity working on the marketing communications campaigns for mini-series, sports and daytime, including “The Winds of War,” “The Thorn Birds” and the 1984 Olympics.

 

Madeline Di Nonno is the Chief Executive Officer of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the only research based non-profit working with the entertainment and media community to improve gender diversity in children's entertainment through research based programs. Di Nonno leads the Institute's strategic direction and brings over thirty years experience in media, marketing and business development in the entertainment, non-profit, digital media and consumer packaged goods industries.   Previously, Di Nonno served as President and CEO of On The Scene Productions, a leader in digital media content creation and distribution. Di Nonno lead the company’s new business development and content distribution platforms for the entertainment, healthcare, and consumer products clients such as Nike, Gatorade, Iconix, and PepsiCo.  Prior to On The Scene, Di Nonno served in executive marketing positions for Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Media and Echo Bridge Home Entertainment where she led global brand marketing, branded franchise development, acquisitions, digital media initiatives for home entertainment and limited theatrical releases in North America, United Kingdom and Australia.  As Executive Vice President and GM for Nielsen EDI, a leading research provider of Theatrical distribution measurement and information, Di Nonno drove innovations in product development, new business development and client management.  Previously, Di Nonno served as Senior Vice President, Marketing Alliances and Digital media at the Hallmark Channel, and helped launch the cable channel and established marketing, digital media, e-commerce, and corporate alliance functions. Di Nonno developed revenue-generating, integrated marketing programs with brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Fuji, Mail Boxes Etc., Universal Pictures, Target, Sony Pictures, Chrysler, and Baskin Robbins.  Di Nonno pioneered the Channel’s digital media initiatives.  Di Nonno served eight years at Universal Studios Home Video as Vice President, Strategic Marketing where she established the company’s first Websites and digital marketing campaigns. Di Nonno supervised marketing campaigns for all theatrical, direct-to-video and library releases and spearheaded Universal’s launch into DVD.  Di Nonno began her career at ABC Television Network in corporate publicity working on the marketing communications campaigns for mini-series, sports and daytime, including “The Winds of War,” “The Thorn Birds” and the 1984 Olympics.

 

Amanda Morgan McAllister, ‎Head of MSN Global Marketing, Microsoft:  Amanda Morgan McAllister has dedicated her career to the technology industry, spending the past 20 years in various roles at Microsoft Corporation. Her experience spans Engineering, Research, Sales, and Marketing, giving her a 360o view of the tech sector. Various leadership roles led her to one developing the first competitive campaign for Microsoft, an initiative that today, is heralded as a notable competitive case study in many top business schools. She joined Microsoft’s online advertising business in 2006 as the Director of Business Strategy and Operations. From there she became head of US Marketing, a job she’s held for the past 5 years and she’s recently been named the Head of MSN Global Marketing. She’s combined her Microsoft, online and advertising industry experience to give her an edge in navigating an evolving competitive online landscape.  Amanda is a full-time working mom with two girls under the age of 6. Her husband, Cal McAllister, is also in the industry: Founder and CEO of Wexley School for Girls. Her first love is her homeland of Texas and she is involved with her alma mater, Emory University in Atlanta, GA, as well as many community and advertising industry volunteer opportunities and boards.

 

Josie Roman, Founder and Managing Director, Sealight Enterprises: Founder & Principal Josie Roman is a mentor, advisor, investor and serial entrepreneur in technology, real estate and entertainment, having been responsible for realizing over half billion dollars in transactions. Former radio & TV host and producer, Ms. Roman worked for European entertainment giant Canal +, she has a degree in Film and Communications from prestigious Universidad Complutense in Madrid. Ms. Roman has a Graduate Certificate in Computing Engineering from London Metropolitan University, where she learned C++, SQL, HTML, Java, System Analysis and Hardware Architecture. At Metropolitan University she was involved in Human Resources and research on Learning and Teaching Technologies, pioneering development of User Experience (UX) research and Online Education in the UK. Former professional singer & songwriter, she won a National Radio singing & songwriting competition at age 12, competing against several nationally established and recognized artists. For over a decade, she has been involved in Finance, Real Estate, Construction, Marketing, Entertainment, Technology and Sustainability as an independent consultant. She holds a California Real Estate license, has Media & Publicist credentials and has Securities studies. Her expertise covers areas such as: Business & Marketing Strategies, Investor Relations, Product Development, User Experience (UX), Strategic Partnerships & Joint Ventures, Public Relations, Branding, Social Media, Communications, Project Management, Film & TV production, Film Financing & Marketing. Ms. Roman has thousands of connections within the entertainment, technology, and corporate environments, including celebrities, investment funds and executives at the highest level. Regular collaborator with many socially related organizations on topics such as violence against women, income inequality, animal rights and sustainability, Ms. Roman is an Environmentalist, Transhumanist, Futurist and Social Entrepreneur. She has been involved in hundreds of social, environmental, entertainment and technology events and projects in different capacities. From Event production to Promotion, Sponsorship, PR and Press coverage, these events include OSCAR, GRAMMY, EMMY, SAG, and Golden Globes related affairs and Gifting Suites, as well as multiple A-List Celebrity fundraising galas, technology panels, hackathons, industry Summits and Conferences with international leaders and Fortune 500 CEOs and executives. She is in the Organizing Committee for the BIL Conference, also know as the "TED Unconference", and a member of the Host Committee for the Green Festivals, which annually brings more than 25,000 Angelinos to learn and discuss sustainability. For over three years, she has organized and hosted the Future Salon LA, which is building partnerships with the World Future Society and the Space Tourism Society. Additionally, Sealight Enterprises and Josie Roman were producing partners for the National Day of Civic Hackathon, which brought some of the largest tech companies in the world together with government and 11,000 hackers in 96 different cities nationwide, 450 of them were Los Angeles. One of the many pieces on this highly publicized event, which was kicked off by just elected LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and co-produced by the i.am.angel Foundation in their Los Angeles location in Boyle Heights, was published by Built in LA. Ms. Josie Roman has written over 200 articles on Entertainment and Technology for multiple media partners, like Examiner and BuzzFeed. Ms. Roman and the Future Salon have been in the center of press coverage, in various Futuristic and Tech blogs like The School of Athens. She has also been quoted numerous times on Technology and Entertainment topics, by prestigious media outlets like Credibility Insights, and LA Games Conference. Ms. Roman's Sealight Enterprises YouTube channel, SealightTV, has reached 342,000 views and is currently being re-branded. Ms. Roman will be a mentor the upcoming AngelHack Hackathan in Los Angeles and she has several speaking engagement at various Tech and Entertainment panels and conferences. Business associates, clients and even friends of Ms. Roman say things like: "Not a day goes by without my learning something from Josie Roman" - author Stephen Creagh Uys.

 

 

Meghan Sahli-Wells, Mayor of Culver City:  Elected to the City Council in 2012, Meghan Sahli-Wells is Mayor of Culver City. As a mother of two boys in Culver City public schools, and having cared for an elderly relative, Meghan learned first-hand the importance of city services and engaged personally with many of the challenges our community faces. She has a passion for analyzing complex issues and encouraging community engagement, with the ultimate goal of finding ideas that promote a resilient and sustainable city.  Meghan holds two Bachelor’s degrees from UCLA, in World Arts