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Vice President of Creative Strategy, Blavity Inc.
Love Beach is a creative strategist and management consultant with over 20 years of experience advising go-to-market strategies and facilitating decisions to scale teams and business units. Currently, as Vice President of Creative Strategy at Blavity Inc., Love is responsible for brand strategy, experiential design, and creative production. On a mission to develop young Black professionals, she sits on several advisory boards forging pathways to build diverse creative teams and improve a consumer-focused design that drives business objectives.
Sitting at the nexus of art, fashion, and academia, Dario is an artist, urbanist, director, and brand consultant currently based in New York City. He received his master’s in photography from the School of Visual Arts and his bachelor's in psychology at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. Classically trained in the performing arts, he uses his knowledge of movement, gesture, and psychology to create complex characters and narratives that explore history, race, class, and what it means to be human.
In 2020 he made history as the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for Vanity Fair in its 106-year history with his portrait of Oscar-winning actress, Viola Davis. 2020 also saw the
launch of his widely-acclaimed podcast, The Institute of Black Imagination, featuring
conversations from the Pool of Black Genius through the lens of design. Most recently, he
collaborated with Adobe Lightroom to design presets specifically for people of color.
Dario serves on the global advisory board for Estee Lauder Companies and is a professor at
The New School’s Parson’s School of Design in New York City. He is currently a NYC Urban
Design Forum Fellow and his show direction for the fashion brand Pyer Moss has been
consistently hailed in Vogue and The New York Times as the “best show of Fashion Month.”
Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Studio Operations
Dan Dark serves as Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Studio Operations (WBSO). Dark oversees all studio operations both in Los Angeles and the UK. This oversight involves all production services, including stages, offices, workshops, set lighting, grip, costume, property, archives, transportation, and construction, as well as continuing to drive WBSO’s ongoing investment in creating additional facilities and services to meet the ever-growing production demands.
Dark is responsible for supervising all operations across WBSO’s multiple Los Angeles-based facilities, anchored by the historic Warner Bros. Studios Main Lot in Burbank, a significant fixture of the Burbank community dating back nearly a century, the 110-acre main lot is widely renowned as one of the world’s foremost production and post-production facilities, providing state-of-the-art production resources that include 31 soundstages and 11 exterior sets ranging from a rainforest jungle to a bustling metropolis.
Nonny de la Peña
CEO, Emblematic Group
Nonny de la Peña is an American journalist, documentary filmmaker, and entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Emblematic Group, a digital media company focused on immersive virtual, mixed and augmented reality. De la Peña is widely credited with helping create the genre of immersive journalism.
Producer, Founder and CEO, Prettybird
Kerstin Emhoff is an American film producer and founder and CEO of the production company Prettybird. Under her leadership the company's films have won Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Cannes Lions, while she personally won a News & Documentary Emmy Award in 2012.
Larrance “Rance” Dobson
Larrance Dopson is a Grammy Award Winning producer / instrumentalist known for singer Ella Mai’s song “Boo’d Up” that charted at number one, further winning ‘Best R&B’ song. Dopson also won Grammys for “These Walls” and “To Pimp A Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar. He was nominated for Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton’s, “Say Something” and Nipsey Hussle’s “Victory Lap”. He’s been musical director for Usher, Khalid, Jay-Z, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Migos, Rick Ross, and others. He has written and composed on several records including Mi Declaración which resulted in Maluma’s first Latin Grammy for ‘Best Pop Contemporary Pop Vocal Album’.
Singer, Songwriter, Producer
James Fauntleroy II is an American singer, songwriter and record producer from Inglewood, California. He is best known for featuring on tracks by high-profile artists such as Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J. Cole, Vince Staples and Big Sean as well as writing songs for artists including Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. In 2014 and 2018, Fauntleroy won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.
Founder & Director, UCLArts & Healing
Ping Ho, MA, MPH, is Founder and Director of UCLArts & Healing, an organizational member of the UCLA Integrative Health Collaborative, of which Ping is a steering committee member. She was founding administrator for the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, which led to the privilege of writing for Norman Cousins and co-writing the professional autobiography of George F. Solomon, M.D., founder of the field. She has a BA in psychology with honors from Stanford—where she was appointed to spearhead the still-thriving Health Improvement Program for faculty and staff, an MA in counseling psychology with specialization in exercise physiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MPH in community health sciences from UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Ping is associate editor for the Creative Arts Therapies section of the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She developed the Certificate Program in Social Emotional Arts (SEA) and the SEA on a Shoestring program of supportive art, movement, music, and writing for individuals or groups in any setting.
Founder, Meow Wolf
Vince Kadlubek is a Founder of Meow Wolf, an art collective that has transformed into an award winning Art and Entertainment Production Company that specializes in immersive, open-world walk through experiences. Vince acted as leader and CEO for Meow Wolf though its formidable years, having created the business plan for Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return and leading the team towards the project's completion in March of 2016. In January of 2017 Kadlubek formed Meow Wolf, Inc as a full-fledged arts
production company and creative studio positioned to create the largest, most innovative and audacious monumental art exhibits in the world. After raising series A funding he announced two new Meow Wolf
exhibits in Las Vegas and Denver, opening in 2021. Kadlubek has been a force of vision in the realm of experiential art, and in 2020 launched a creative consulting agency called Spatial Activations as a platform to usher in a new era of experiential art in modern developments and everyday life. Vince is most passionate about co-creating fully-realized alternative realities that bring paradigm-shifting transformation and inspiration to the world.
Smriti Mundhra is an Indian-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Her production company, Meralta Films, specializes in documentary films and non-fiction content.
Mundhra won the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival for her first feature documentary film A Suitable Girl, along with her co-director Sarita Khurana.
In 2020, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject for her film St. Louis Superman (2019).
Tech Entrepreneur, Founding Member of N.W.A.
Arabian Prince - A songwriter, rapper, producer, DJ, technologist Pro Gamer and futurist, Arabian isbest known for being a founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted rap group N.W.A., pioneering west coast electro music and producing the Grammy nominated #1 hit song Supersonic. He is the founder of iNov8 Next Open Labs and president of LAFTC - The Los Angeles First Tech Challenge robotics competition and Co-Founder Covitech. He is also very active in the ESports and Gaming space. His passion for technology led to him create a 3D animation and special effects studio in the 90’s
working with companies like Saban Entertainment and Fox, including 100+ video game, film and TV Titles for Fox interactive and Vivendi Universal. As a consultant, Arabian has advised many companies on bridging the gap between technology and the youth, while bringing new product innovations to
market. He is currently working with his tech partners to bring Open Labs to communities across the country in support of youth, women, diversity, veterans and anyone else who wants to explore the future of technology. He is currently launching a new gaming product that will hit the market soon called mClassic.
Executive VP Film Production, Pixar
Jonas Rivera joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1994 to work on “Toy Story” as the studio’s first and only production intern at the time. He advanced roles on almost every subsequent Pixar feature film until becoming producer of the studio's 2009 film "Up." In 2015, Rivera teamed up again with director Pete Docter for “Inside Out,” which won an Academy Award® for best animated feature and was nominated for best original screenplay. He most recently produced “Toy Story 4”, which also won an Academy Award® for best animated feature.
Rivera's various past roles at the studio include art department coordinator for “A Bug’s Life,” marketing and creative resources coordinator on “Toy Story 2,” art department manager on “Monsters, Inc.,” and production manager on “Cars.” In his executive role as senior vice president, production, Rivera oversees all of feature film production at the studio. Rivera has been awarded Producer of the Year in Animated Features by the Producers Guild of America for his work on "Up", "Inside Out" and “Toy Story 4.” "Up" earned a nomination for best picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—only the second animated film in history to do so.
Broadway Actor and Entertainer
Seth Stewart is one of today’s most exciting and energetic all-around entertainers! Seth is an original Broadway cast member of the award-winning hit show, Hamilton. With Hamilton, he has performed for the President of the United States, the Grammys, and the Tony Awards. Seth also played the role of Graffiti Pete in the Broadway show, In The Heights.
Seth has also performed all over the world alongside some of the world’s most well-known artists including Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Ne-Yo, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Hudson, and Jay-Z.
Lead for Global Education Thought Leadership & Advocacy, Adobe
Tacy Trowbridge leads Adobe’s Education Strategies Team. Her team inspires educators and students around the world to become creators, not just consumers, of digital media. Prior to Adobe, Tacy taught in classrooms, led and designed professional development, developed curriculum, and conducted research. She offers unique insights into the intersection of learning, design and technology and the ways students today create media.