In a time where diversity efforts in the entertainment, creative, and sports industries are lacking behind, organizations like the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals (LAULYP) are making intentional efforts to change the narrative.
As technology and the world around us changes, it’s not solely important for people of color to have a seat at the table. It’s critical that while we are at the table, we are not just taking up space, but that we are using our seat to shake things up and shift the culture.
Two of the major ways you can get on the path to bringing about real change and impact is by growing your network and staying abreast of the current trends and technologies.
On October 5 & 6, 2019, LAULYP will host “The Future of the Industry”, which is a two-day summit providing tools and resources to college students and young professionals of color on emerging technologies that impact future Film/TV, Music, and Sports and Gaming.
On Saturday, there will be a full day of panels, masterclasses, a town hall, film screening, and a networking reception for Black millennials to attend. From learning top industry tips on how to use transferable skills to gain employment and develop projects, to learning how to leverage the resources of your full- time job to fulfill the needs of a startup, this summit is what we’ve all been waiting for. In addition to this, Summit attendees will learn from award-winning actors and producers on how to protect their mental health and improve their physical health in the age of social media, while coping with the realities of the world.
The summit will conclude Sunday afternoon with an intimate brunch and silent auction to award current and future changemakers in Hollywood.
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The silent auction will benefit member-only activities of the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals and the United Negro College Fund’s Emerging Leaders program.
During the summit, one of the moguls that you’ll be able to network with and learn from is Trell Thomas who is a media expert and activist.
Trell’s career journey spans from NBC, working on the Obama Presidential Campaign in 2008, to overseeing talent relations and communication at Viacom.
Last but not least, you’ll learn from the media mogul in the making Justin Key.
Justin is an actor, entrepreneur, published author, and the creator of the comedy audiobook Mama Knows Best TV.