Time to break, reinvent, impact and change the foundation of how we engage story leaders in the creative space.
Our goal is to create new access points for women and people from underrepresented groups so they can excel at creative leadership and to enable culture change through engaging and empowering talent.
Meet the Team
Co-Founder Alison Mann- VP Talent, Illumination
As an artist, Alison Mann always knew she wanted to work in Animation. She began her career at Nickelodeon Animation Studio as a finance department intern while attending Columbia College Chicago. After graduating, she was offered the amazing opportunity to continue working with Nickelodeon/ MTV as their Recruiter/ Coordinator of Talent Relations. Through her 15 years in the industry, she gained experience in TV, Film and Gaming while working at Walt Disney Animation Studio, Zynga, Disney Interactive, and Paramount Pictures Animation. Currently, Alison is the VP Talent at Illumination Entertainment where she is responsible for industry outreach, artistic talent acquisition, and development.
Alison is a creative, tech-loving talent scout who believes that students should pursue internships to learn about the animation industry and get their foot in the door. Although her main focus is artistic talent acquisitions as a recruiter, she is passionate about guiding students and professionals to become more presentable and better-equipped for the creative job market.
Co-Founder Jill Gilbert- Head of Creative Affairs, Luma Pictures
Jill Gilbert is the Head of Creative Affairs at Luma, where she plays an instrumental role in transitioning the company from its core business as a VFX/animation vendor to a content creation studio. Since joining Luma in 2016, she has built a slate of projects consisting of original animated and live- action feature-films and animated short form content.
Prior to joining Luma, Gilbert was Executive Producer and Managing Director for Psyop, an innovative animation studio in the advertising and branding industry for the last 16 years, working with such clients as Coke, Nike, Samsung, AMC and Super Cell. She launched an IP initiative for the company and oversaw the development and production for original content. From late 2011 until early 2014, Gilbert was Vice President of Production for the newly launched feature animation division at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. In this role, she successfully launched Paramount Animation’s first film, SpongeBob SquarePants in 3D into production and oversaw all creative and production‐related aspects of the movie, which was released in February 2015.
Before joining Paramount, Gilbert served in various leadership positions at Technicolor and DisneyToons Studios and began her career in live-action with posts at Fox 2000, Baltimore Pictures and Donner/Shuler-Donner Productions.
Co-Founder Nicole Hendrix- Marketing Producer, Page82
Nicole Hendrix is a four-time Emmy winning Producer and has won five PromaxBDA GOLD awards as a Producer and Creative Director. With a multi-disciplinary background Nicole has used storytelling as the main ingredient in her successful campaigns that span across television, games and film. She is currently working as a Marketing + PR Consultant for Page82 where her clients include Ryan Meinerding, CG Futures, Gnomon, and more, while also taking freelance Producing gigs. In addition to working a graphic novel with her husband, Josh Herman, Nicole has created documentaries that cover everything from natural disasters to activism, and is currently producing a mini-doc series on disaster preparedness for Red Cross LA.
In her spare time, Nicole devotes her energy to gender issues, and helping women at risk. She serves as a volunteer crisis counselor advocate for Peace Over Violence and helps women in the industry as a mentor and lecturer. She has most recently guest lectured at the University of Connecticut on Creativity and Gender, and is currently working on a study tracking Gender and Award Acceptance Speeches with Creativity Researcher, Dr. James Kaufman.
BRIC’s Create-a-thons partner students with industry experts and allow them to get hands-on experience and guidance in a fun, creative, work-focused environment. We are always looking for more mentors, so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining us.