Women Owning It: Building Spaces for Women of Color in Media and Tech

Special Event
Theater 6:30–9pm
  • Regular FREE

Free and open to public! 

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

For our fourth event in this series, space is the integral word for us. We’re inviting founders of spaces dedicated to providing community, opportunity or otherwise equaling the playing field for voices in the industry hoping to upset the dominant narrative, to talk about how and why they’ve built their businesses.

With the terrain of media and tech industries in constant flux and the corresponding ebbs and flows of feelings of self-worth, this panel of four business owners of color will remind us how to build community alongside business. We’ll interrogate how to find that holistic balance with an eye toward the tumultuous times and the terrain of business development.

Our hope is that attendees leave this evening session reinvigorated and feel empowered to build their businesses, brands and billable hours. 

Event Schedule

6:30 to 7:00 PM –– Registration and Networking Reception 

7:00 to 8:15 PM –– Panel and Q&A 

8:15 to 9:00 PM –– Happy Hour with the Panelists

Panelists are––

Krystal Scott (She/Her) is a creative, an introvert and an advocate. In her twenties, she became the director of policy and advocacy at a nonprofit in Manhattan, which made her the only Black woman in management (and the only Black woman in most rooms). Her experience as “the only one” at work, coupled with her desire to meet other creative + entrepreneurial women, inspired her to leave her career in public health to launch The Well

Minda Harts (She/Her) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color. In 2018, she was named one of 25 Emerging Innovators by American Express. Her book The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table comes out August 2019 with Hachette Book Group.

Sandy Hong (He/Him/They/Them) is a 1st Generation, Korean-American, Queer Transgender person based in New York City and the founder of New Women Space, a community-led event space located in East Williamsburg Brooklyn where 100% of the programming and operations are led by women, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. For the last three years, Sandy has devoted his time and labor to stewarding New Women Space to become a liberating and empowering resource for historically under-represented voices. To date, New Women Space has hosted over 600 unique in-person gatherings all centered on the principle that those most impacted by the issues are those most qualified to respond. Sandy is based out of Long Island City and spends most of his time outside of New Women Space searching for the next best seafood buffet and composing basic pop-songs.

Yuki Kotani (She/Her) is the co-founder of Balloon Stories ("Balloon"), a next-gen collaborative social media platform with a mission to give users control over who they create stories with and who sees their content.  Yuki and fellow co-founder JJ Sandgreen developed the idea and launched the app in 2016 in an effort to address the clutter and noise often associated with social media platforms.  In addition to Balloon, Yuki focuses her time on what inspired her to initially launch the app – a passion for business, innovation and technology.  She previously co-founded Harboring Hearts, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide critical financial and emotional support to heart patients and their families and continues to be an advocate for heart health policies in NYC. 

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