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AICP Midwest Chapter Hosting Women’s Forum May 21

The Midwest Chapter of AICP is getting set to unveil its first Women’s Forum, which will be taking place on May 21 at Optimus. A networking event for AICP members to connect junior creatives and producers in the industry with their more senior or executive level counterparts, the Women’s Forum was initially launched by AICP’s East Chapter, and has also been held in L.A., hosted by AICP West. Both events were led by East Chapter President Gloria Pitagorsky of Heard City and West Chapter President Yvette Cobarrubias of Cosmo Street.

Headlining the Midwest Women’s Forum will be Chapter President Lisa Masseur, Founder and EP of Tessa Films, and Sheila R. Brown, AICP’s VP, Equity & Inclusion. In bringing it to the Midwest Chapter, their goal is to continue to serve AICP members while providing an opportunity for women at varying stages of their careers to develop contacts and uncover mentorship opportunities.

RSVP’s are required; to RSVP and for more information on the Women’s Forum, click here.

“This is what AICP does for its members, beyond the business practices, contracts and guidelines,” says Masseur. “It’s providing a platform for professional growth, and finding ways for our members in our production and post community to grow their careers and to flourish in what’s become a challenging and fast-changing environment.”

The event kicks off with comments from Masseur and Brown, then breaks into small group discussions led by a variety of local production and post leaders. The groups will swap tables every ten to twelve minutes, creating a ‘speed networking’ style that promises to guarantee lively conversations and rapid exchange of ideas, suggestions and contact info. “The idea is that the juniors leave with between 50 to 75 new industry contacts by the end of the evening,” says Masseur.

The list of discussion leaders who’ll be taking part includes:

  • Tracey Khan, Managing Director, Indigo Goodbit
  • Heather  Richardson, Executive Producer,  Cutters Studios
  • Jenny Schaye, Editor, Optimus
  • Laurie Adrianopoli, Freelance EP
  • Jenny Lumpkin, Global Director of Production, Laird and Good Company
  • Ariana Ziae-Mohensi, CG Lead, Framestore
  • Kat Pryor, Senior Editor, Utopic. 

Space is limited, and the event is only open to people working at AICP Midwest Chapter members or their sponsored production or post freelancers. The evening wraps up with a raffle and closing remarks.

RSVP’s are required; to RSVP and for more information on the Women’s Forum, click here.

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