Broadway World: Inaugural 2019 BRIC Talent And Innovation Summit Supports Next Generation Of Creative Leaders And Industry Disrupters

According to a recent report issued last year by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, "women and minorities remained notably underrepresented in every arena." One new foundation is helping to change this across all fronts, however.

Founded by entertainment industry heavyweights Alison Mann, VP of Talent for Illumination; Jill Gilbert, Head of Creative Affairs for Luna Pictures; and Producer, Nicole Hendrix, BRIC was created with the mission of creating new access points for women and members of underrepresented groups to excel at creative leadership and to enable cultural change through engaging and empowering talent.

On February 9, BRIC will host its first-ever all-day interactive summit - the 2019 BRIC Talent and Innovation Summit, bringing together a community of thought provokers and industry disrupters from different facets of the entertainment and tech industries - an exciting day of crowdsourcing ideas and new workshopping solutions.

Set to be held at Downtown Los Angeles' Hungarian Cultural Alliance (1827 S. Hope St.) from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., the 2019 BRIC Talent and Innovation Summit will bring together more than a dozen venerated speakers from myriad arenas. The event's organizers seek to create actionable items that can be taken back to each speaker's respective organizations to either be implemented or shared as ideas to affect change.

The day's presenters will include keynote speaker Stephen Galloway, Executive Features Editor of The Hollywood Reporter, Directors Jorge Gutierrez and Trisha Gum, David Levine of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and producers including Monica Lago-Kaytis, Latifa Ouaou and Jasmine Jaisinghani, along with WGA award-winning writer Sameer A. Gardezi, and closing speaker Karen Horne, SVP of Programming Talent Development and Inclusion for NBCUniversal.

Other speakers include Cal State Long Beach Director of the School of Art Aubry Mintz, Free the Bid's Executive Director Emma Reeves, Executive Producer of Illumination Maggie Malone, SVP of Creative for Illumination Zaid Al-Asady, EVP of Development for Sony Animation Karen Toliver, Abrams Artists Agency literary agent Karen Kirkland, Head of Animation for Cal Arts Maija Burnett, journalist and host Michaela Pereira, and Matt Waynee of USC Media Arts & Engineering.

BRIC stands for 'Break, Reinvent, Impact and Change,' and seeks to support and nurture emerging talent as it pertains to women and underrepresented groups who have an interest in being creative leaders.

To purchase tickets for the 2019 BRIC Talent and Innovation Summit, visit EventBrite at

Tickets are currently available for $185 through January 18 as part of early bird pricing, and $225 for General Admission leading up to the day of the event.

For more information on BRIC, visit

BRIC Foundation