Women Owning It: Team Work! How to Successfully Navigate Team Dynamics

Theater 9–11:30am
  • Regular FREE

Women Owning It is a celebration of female-identifying creators and entrepreneurs owning their space in their industries. For our first panel of 2020, we are exploring how to successfully navigate team dynamics. As a leader, a good team is the most valuable asset you have. Working within teams is increasingly becoming more complex and people often must work together from various departments to communicate and align work despite frequently changing environments. Unlocking and solving what it takes to create great teamwork is key to a successful work environment in 2020. Join us for a panel exploring team dynamics and how to set, manage, and execute team expectations and goals.

Event Schedule:

9 AM – Coffee and Check-in

9:30 AM – Panel begins

10:30 AM – 11:30AM – Networking 


Panelists Include:

Alex Cirillo is a Producer, Director, and the Co-Founder of Big Vision Empty Wallet, an inclusion-focused production company with an incubator model.  She serves on the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film & TV, the Advisory Board for the WGA’s Made in NY Writers Room Fellowship, and the Advisory Board for Catalyst Content Festival.  In her 10 years in the industry, she has produced 10 feature films that have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Palm Springs and Bentonville film festivals. This Spring she will produce Big Vision Empty Wallet's Level Up event for creators looking to elevate their careers to the next level. Find out more and submit at BigVisionEmptyWallet.com.

Shaunice Hawkins is a faculty member of business at New York University and The New School. She is a specialist in leadership, organizational behavior, corporate/organizational communication, branding and reputation management, diversity and inclusion, human capital management, and strategic planning. A semi-retired corporate executive, and current principal of strategic communication boutique, Evolutions Consulting & Advising, her expertise is regularly solicited by Fortune 500 companies, law firms, academia, not-for-profits, government agencies, religious institutions, and media such as JPMorgan Chase, Procter & Gamble, Outerwall, ESPN, GlaxoSmithKline, Financial Times/FundFire, Jackson Lewis LLP, Chubb Insurance, Complex Media, PR Newswire, Working Mother Media, Girl Scouts of America, She’s the First, and the US Department of Agriculture. For greater than 25 years, she has served as an educator, advisor, strategist, and consultant. Shaunice holds undergraduate and graduate degrees, post-graduate certifications, and professional designations from St. John's University, New York University, Cornell University, Tulane University, Villanova University, Rutgers University and Northeastern University. Shaunice is the author of several articles and publications including Passion…Who Needs It? An Action Oriented Exploration of Passion and Purpose, and Practical Steps to Take When Your Inner Fire Has Burned Out.

Before becoming Executive Director of the Nantucket Film Festival in 2012, Mystelle Brabbée curated the festival program for sixteen years, ten of those as Artistic Director. Almost since its inception, she has stewarded the film program, including the line-up of as many as 75 feature, documentary and short films; As Artistic Director, she has been responsible for the overall creative direction of live programs, including the Screenwriters Tribute hosted by Brian Williams, the All-Star Comedy Roundtable Presented by Ben Stiller, the Staged Readings series, Late Night Storytelling, and the Teen View Filmmaking program. Brabbée has been the Senior Programmer for DOC NYC, a documentary festival at the Independent Film Center New York, and Director of Acquisitions for article27, a London-based film rights syndicator. In 2005, Highway Courtesans, a documentary shot in India that played over thirty-film festivals and garnered several awards along the way was released theatrically in the US. She has taught in the Graduate Film Department of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Flo Mitchell-Brown is the Chair of NYPA (New York Production Alliance) Board and Board Member of NYWIFT and former Co-Chair of the NYC Board of Education Media & Technology Commission. Previous notable involvements include former service as President of the Renaissance Housing Fund Development Corporation, Board Member of Brotherhood/Sister Sol, Volunteer Coordinator at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Harlem, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) Educator, and Lector at various churches throughout her life. 


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