Women Owning It: Mentorship

Special Event
Theater 9–11:30am
  • Regular FREE

Free and open to public! 

This event is first-come, first served. Please arrive early to guarantee a seat in our theater. 

Our first annual Women Owning It Summit in March reminded us the value of resource sharing and the power of mentorship. As we move forward with the Women Owning It series, we’re reflecting on the importance this community has played in our lives the last year. 

For our fifth event in the series taking place on Wednesday, June 12th, we’re inviting the organizers behind mentorship networks in the city to reflect on community. We’re curious how resources and knowledge get shared in safe spaces, how people find mentors in informal, organic ways when building their network, and how new voices in media and tech are working to build capacity for the next generation as they come up. 

This panel of five community builders will take on how they created the networks missing in their professional lives and how their commitment to building their support circles has translated into creating a space for others to do the same. Our hope is that attendees leave this morning session reinvigorated and feel empowered to build their businesses, brands and billable hours. 

Panelists include: Cody Jacobs (WE NYC), Huriyyah Muhammad (The Black TV and Film Collective), Iyabo Boyd (Brown Girls Doc Mafia), Jessica Millstone (NYEdTech Meetup), and Netta Dobbins (Mimconnect).

Event Schedule

9:00 to 9:30 AM –– Registration and Coffee

9:30 to 10:45 AM –– Panel and Q&A 

10:45 to 11:30 AM –– Networking Reception 

Panelists Are: 

Cody Jacobs (WE NYC) is a storyteller, photographer, and cooperator. She currently works with Women Entrepreneurs of NYC, WE NYC, the official initiative of the City of new York to support and empower women entrepreneurs. Her portfolio includes WE Connect Mentors and WE Connect Events, programs that help develop and maintain networks for women entrepreneurs. She previously worked with MCW Global, as an international youth mentor with a focus on gender and environmental issues and was also the co-founder of La Coopérative des Brasseurs Illuminés, a brewers cooperative in Montréal . As a photographer she has most recently spent time documenting cooperatives in Cuba and taking portraits of the WE Connect Mentors. You can learn more about her work here


Huriyyah Muhammad (The Black TV and Film Collective) is a writer, director and producer whose projects have been invited to the Sundance Film Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Austin Film Festival, New Voices in Black Cinema, IFP Film Week, African Film Festival and American Black Film Festival. Huriyyah is also a 2018 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow with her narrative feature film, Farewell Amor, currently in pre-production. As busy as Huriyyah is as an artist, she is also a proud activist. As co-founder of the Black TV & Film Collective, she spends a great deal of her time growing the 1300-member 501c3, dedicated to developing and supporting emerging artists of color. Through the organization she is able to fulfill both her love of creating art and helping others to do the same. Huriyyah holds a BS in Computer Science from Spelman College and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.


Iyabo Boyd (Brown Girls Doc Mafia) is a screenwriter, director, and producer with a long history supporting women and POC filmmakers. She founded Brown Girls Doc Mafia in 2016- a collective for women filmmakers of color working in documentary, with nearly 2,500 members globally. She's held positions at industry institutions First Look Media, Kickstarter, Good Pitch, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Tribeca Film Institute, and IFP. Iyabo produced the feature documentary For Ahkeem for which she was a Sundance Creative Producers Fellow in 2016. From 2015 to 2017 Iyabo founded and ran Feedback Loop, a documentary film consulting company. Working in fiction, Iyabo is finishing her second short film Me Time, and is in development on her first feature film, Kayla & Eddie En Français, for which she's also a Sundance Screenwriting and Talent Forum Fellow. Originally from Denver, Iyabo graduated from NYU’s Tisch School with a BA in Film & Television, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jessica Millstone (NYEdTech Meetup) is the Director of Engagement at BrainPOP and also the co-director of the NYEdTech Meetup, a community-based professional networking organization serving over 8300 members.  Previously Jessica was the inaugural Education Fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, a research + innovation lab at Sesame Workshop dedicated to bringing educators, parents, and kids closer together through their shared interactions with digital learning games, tools and toys.

With nearly 25 years of professional experience in the world of educational technology, Jessica has unique insight into how people use (and want to use) technology to play and learn. Her combined role as both an observer and creator in the development of interactive media has resulted in a body of research and product development that is accessible to all, all with a positive, inclusive message about how to use technology with children.

Netta Dobbins (Mimconnect) was born and raised in Nashville. She moved to New York City to pursue a career in entertainment public relations. Working with clients like Clive Davis, Sony Legacy Artists, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Highline Ballroom, PBS and more, she secured placements in national and local media outlets inclusive of New York Times, USA Today, Metro New York,  Essence, Ebony, and Timeout. Aiming to expand her skill set, she transitioned to advertising and became a Strategist. In this role, she crafted fully immersive campaigns that extended from the digital space to physical activations, created brand guidelines that aided in audience identification and brand positioning, and identified various audience insights to influence creative communications.

While working in media, she found that she was often the only person of color in the room. Realizing that this wasn’t a problem she faced alone, she launched Minorities in Media Connect (Mimconnect) with my co-founder Bianca Jeanty. Mimconnect is a career resource that creates economic opportunity for marginalized groups through the media industry and beyond.


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