San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Women Moving Higher in Hollywood provides a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build a successful career in the entertainment business. Moderated by an award-winning media entrepreneur, the panelists will share their trials and triumphs in the industry along with their secrets for getting ahead.
Lisa Nicole Bell- Panel Moderator and CEO, Inspired Life Media Group
A creative force and savvy business woman, Lisa Nicole Bell and her work have been seen in more than 50 press outlets including Forbes, Reuters, Mashable, and Essence. As a successful serial entrepreneur and startup advisor, Lisa is a noted advocate and expert on women’s issues and business. As an on camera talent and brand ambassador, Lisa has starred in campaigns for PBS, Women In Film, and K-Swiss. Her other film and television credits as an actress, writer, and producer include Lifetime’s What Should You Do?, the award-winning film Walking On Sunshine, the book turned film The Legacy Letters, and the critically acclaimed docuseries The American Dream Revised. Behind the camera, Lisa has created, developed, and produced multiplatform content ecosystems and engineered engaging digital campaigns.
Lisa holds a degree in Business Law from California State University. She also attended UCLA where she completed coursework in productionmanagement and entertainment business affairs.
Traci Blackwell-Vice President of Current Programs at The CW Network
Traci oversees the day-to-day production of some of the most buzzed-about shows on television, including breakout hit dramas Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Hart of Dixie, and prequel to Sex and The City, The Carrie Diaries. Blackwell cultivated her expertise in network TV programming working for UPN. She began her career at UPN as an assistant, and soon began working for then-President of Entertainment Tom Nunan, who served as a mentor and encouraged her aspiration to become a current programming executive. Other shows that Blackwell has guided include Life Unexpected, Beauty and The Beast, One Tree Hill, and 90210, The Game and many more.
K. Nicole Mills-Programming and Development at NBC
Mills attended the University of Maryland College Park and received a BA in Statistical Economics and Finance and received her MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. She began her career in the Investment Banking industry holding analyst positions at top tier Wall Street firms such as Lehman Brothers and Deustche Bank. After a few years of working in the Investment Banking industry, she decided to pursue a career in the film/television industry. She worked at CBS for the Early Morning Show, and was then admitted into the prestigious NBC Page Program in Los Angeles. Upon her completion of the Page Program, she was admitted into the Universal Pictures Apprentice Program. Nicole currently works at NBCUniversal in Alternative Programming and Development.
Adrienne Alexander-Entertainment Attorney/Cofounder, ICON MANNAdrienne is the CEO of Light Dreams Ventures,a strategic consulting firm and Co-Founder of ICON MANN, a lifestyle platform whose mission is to positively change the global dialog as it relates to black men. For more than a decade she has served as legal counsel and strategist to Grammy award winning artists, Fortune 100 beauty and lifestyle corporations, professional racing organizations and new media companies. During her tenure in sports, Ms. Alexander oversaw branded development and corporate sponsorship for professional athletes and sports organizations, including the Indy Racing League, brokering the multi-million dollar sponsorship for luxury watch company, Ritmo Mondo. In 2008, Ms. Alexander returned to law, building a robust entertainment practice specializing in film production, talent negotiation and music publishing. Most recently, Ms. Alexander served as strategic counsel and creative liaison to Proctor & Gamble’s My Black Is Beautiful (MBIB), helming its branded entertainment platform. The resulting documentary, co-produced by Academy Award nominated producer Lisa Cortes, titled ‘Imagine A Future,’ debuted at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, and was featured on BET/ Centric in July 2013.
Ashley Holland-Agent, CAA
Ashley is a TV and Digital Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Holland works in the Los Angeles office and represents writers, directors, and production companies, some of which include UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, Martin Chase Productions, State Street Pictures, Overbrook, and Nuyorican Productions, as well as writers and directors that work on TV shows such as HOUSE OF LIES (Showtime), ARROW (CW), THE AMERICANS (FX), REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD (BET) and FASHION QUEENS (Bravo). Holland began her career at CAA in 2009. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies and a Master’s Degree in Communication.
NIKKOLE DENSON-RANDOLPH- VP of Special and Alternative Content, AMC TheatersNikkole joined AMC Theatres in August 2009 after accumulating more than a decade of business development experience in the entertainment arena. In her current position, Denson-Randolph oversees the strategic development and implementation of AMC’s specialty programming efforts and initiatives, as well as alternative content programming, which includes overseeing AMC’s relationship with Fathom Events. She also settles film rent with independent distributors. In 2010, Denson-Randolph orchestrated the launch of AMC independent, a highly popular film program designed to provide AMC Theatres’ guests with diverse, creative, on-screen storytelling from around the world as well as socially and culturally relevant stories that represent their very own interests. Most recently, she led the exhibitor negotiations and AMC-exclusive release of the Kevin Hart stand-up comedy film KEVIN HART: LAUGH AT MY PAIN