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Writer + Director (Hala, BoJack Horseman (S6), Ramy (S1)
With experience working on a range of TV productions, as well as her own Apple-acquired feature, Minhal can mentor on TV writing and feature screenplays.
Exec Producer (HBO Random Acts of Flyness, American Fable)
Kishori is a seasoned producer and development executive, with most recent credit on the Peabody-winning Random Acts of Flyness. She can mentor on builder a career as a creative producer, for both film and TV content. She is a 2017 Cannes Producers Fellow, a 2017 Tribeca All Access grantee and contributor to Filmmaker Magazine.
Shayok Misha Chowdhury
Director and Playwright
Misha is a queer Bengali director, writer, vocalist, and theater-maker. He is a Resident Artist at HERE Arts Center, member of BRIClab, and The Public Theater’s Devised Theater Working Group. With fellowships from Fulbright and Kundiman and global work experience, he can mentor on directing and writing plays, and creating experimental media works.
Documentary Producer and Director
Ayesha is a Sri Lankan American documentary producer with experience in virtual reality, fiction and branded content. Most recently, Ayesha co-directed and produced Emmy Nominated virtual reality documentary“Traveling While Black”, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Ayesha can advise on creative producing, project development, budgeting and freelancing.
Artistic Director, Hypokrit Theatre Company
Arpita is the Artistic Director of Congressional Award winning Hypokrit Theatre Company. She’s developed work at WP Theater, the Public Theater, and Ma-Yi Theatre amongst others. To name a few, she is a 2019SDC Denham Fellow and 2019 – 2020 Sokoloff Creative Arts Fellow. She is an alumni of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and Arpita is currently the book writer for Monsoon Wedding musical. She is presently also developing a play with the Geffen theatre in LA.
Executive Producer of Video at TechCruch
Yashad is a director & executive producer of video at TechCrunch in San Francisco. He can mentor on virtual event production, editorial video journalism, asynchronous & remote creative work & building online communities. And he’s always happy to chat about increasing opportunity & diversity in tech, film/digital/mobile photography & filmmaking, consumer electronics & DTC brands and online gaming/VR experiences.
Creative Director & Copywriter
Saurabh can mentor on brand writing, narrative writing, finding your voice, and brand strategy. He specializes in Sustainability and the Impact sector — communication rooted in authenticity and purpose for new-age brands with a fresh voice, rather than advertising for big conglomerates.
Fashion Producer, Stylist, Photographer
Having published for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Elle, among others, Ankur can mentor on art direction, production, sales, budgeting, all with a focus on sustainable fashion.
Creative Director and Stylist
With clients like Raveena, Rajakumari, and Anik Khan and features on Vogue & i-D, Reva can mentor on creative direction + styling at different scales, as well as the pre-production (budgeting, fashion pulls, moodboarding) and post-production (pitching, marketing) work that happens behind the scenes. Her work is focused on disrupting monolithic narratives and decolonizing the gaze through multi-disciplinary storytelling.
VP of Creative at Prose
Having served as the Director of Design for ClassPass and Gin Lane, and now at Prose, she brings more than a decade worth of experience for mentoring on designing at all-size agencies, as well as strategies for working as a freelancer.
Director & Senior Producer at Vevo
Priya is a Director and Creative producer with global experience in creative strategy and content production. She has directed and produced narrative, social and live performance content for established and emerging artists at Vevo including Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Ella Mai and Yungblud. She most recently directed a music video for Anik Khan and was a contributing writer to The Good Immigrant USA. She can mentor on directing, content production and artist development.
Video Producer at Vox Media
Working with Vox.com’s video team, Ranjani focuses on the intersection of racial justice and historical analysis. With producing experience for Netflix, National Geographic, AlJazeera, Pro Publica, she can mentor on producing, writing, interviewing, and finding animated approaches to visuals.
Innovation Strategy Designer at Doblin
Anjali can mentor on working with design at the intersection of tech and social innovation: Behavioral Design, Systems Thinking, Artivism through Civic Media: eg. Visual Storytelling, Ethno Research and Data Visualization.
Senior Designer at Re Brand Consultancy
Sumita is a multidisciplinary designer, with 10 years of experience in the fields of motion graphics and design. Sumita can mentor on creative concepting, art direction, motion/design fundamentals, and portfolio development.
Cinematographer + Photographer
Vatsala can advise on cinematography, producing indie films, and freelancing. Her films have premiered at Sundance, Tribeca, and she’s shot for Netflix Originals, CBS, Tribeca Studios among platforms. Vatsala is also a member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers (ICFC).
Documentary Photographer and Filmmaker
Shravya’s work has been featured across NYTimes, Vogue, India, Fast Company to name a few, with work that explores themes of home, identity and personal space. She largely focuses on the intimate and interpersonal stories on POC and queer people. Shravya can mentor on finding, developing and photographing a story; pitching work and creating opportunities.
Neena practices, teaches and writes about architecture. She can provide mentorship on architecture practice, design teaching, and writing in creative disciplines, as well as career shifts (she used to be a lawyer). Neena’s work has appeared Architectural Research Quarterly and International Journal of Education in Architecture and Design. She is currently writing a book about immigrants finding place. She is the Architecture Writing Fellow at The Cooper Union, and Part-time Faculty at Parsons and the New Jersey School of Architecture (NJIT)
Bedatri Dutta Choudhury
Film and Culture Journalist
Having written for Mubi, Hyperallergic, Forbes, among others, Bedatri is a film and culture journalist. She can mentor on film criticism, as well as production, commissioning, and outreach for documentaries. She is an 2018 alum of the New York Film Festival Critics Academy, Sundance and a SXSW2020 Press Inclusion Initiative Fellow
Creative Director at Magic Spoon
Dhiya can mentor on creative concepting, art direction, portfolio development, self-promotion, personal projects and navigating agency life vs brand-side (pulling from her experiences at both).
Director of Strategy at Hyperakt
Having worked with ACLU, Vera Institute of Justice, Amnesty International USA, and the City of New York, Sruthi can mentor on user experience, content strategy, and creative facilitation, and research in the lens of social impact.
Actress and Producer
With credits on HBO, CBS and other platforms, Melanie can advise on producing, pitching and distributing self-created projects. As an actress, she can advise on navigating the business side of on-camera acting.
Media Activist at WITNESS
Palika can mentor on navigating the human and immigrant rights space, and how to use film + photography for justice. She has worked with activists and organizers in New York, Ferguson, Cape Town and The West Bank to train people in advocacy and using media tools fight for systemic change.
Design and Research at International Rescue Committee
Anjali brings 8 years of experience as a strategist, design educator, and design researcher. She can mentor on design portfolios, interior design, and on professional networking.
Dancer and Performing Artist
Reshma can mentor on the craft of dance, acting and the performing arts. With experience opening for La La Land, touring with Madonna and Ricky Martin, among others, she can advise on working in commercials, tv and film, as well as live shows.
Senior Product Designer at Molekule
Ramya can mentor on designing a UX portfolio, creating a research plan, conceptualizing ideas though wireframes, and testing with prototypes.
Nidhi Singh Rathore
Design Researcher at Mayor Garcetti's Innovation Team
Nidhi works at the intersection of policy, research, and information design and can mentor on socio-political innovation, alternative research methods, and design thinking.
Freelance Designer and Art Director
Badal can mentor on fundamental design elements, brand philosophy (beyond the logo), and working on self-initiated projects.
Senior Strategist at R/GA
Amber can mentor on strategy and storytelling techniques for digital products, pulling from her experience in fashion tech and marketing.
Designer and Strategist
As a hybrid strategist, designer, and researcher, Neha uses these tools for a deep understanding of culture to create systemic change and develop more equitable futures for everyone. Her specialties include qualitative research, workshop design and facilitation, service design, organizational design, innovation brand and design strategy. She has worked at co:collective, 72andSunny, and has lectured at Parsons. She currently mentors at Built by Girls, and runs programming for Women in Innovation.
Photo/Videojournalist and Producer at Gizmodo
Myra can mentor on producing content for digital channels pulling from her extensive experience working as a photo and video journalist.
Dancer, Choreographer, Founder + Artistic Director of Wise Fruit
Brinda can mentor on dance technique, choreography, and designing for the intersection of social impact and the performing arts.
Founder + CEO, Brightland
Aishwarya Iyer is the founder and CEO of Brightland, a modern pantry essentials company, as seen in Fast Company, The New York Times, Domino, Tasting Table, and goop. Aishwarya would be happy to mentor on brand, social, PR and marketing.
Marketing Coach + Founder at Citrus and Gold
Akansha can mentor on building a brand with a unique voice, and using tactical business strategies for organic growth.
Comedian and Media Professional
Having performed at The Caveat NYC, Union Hall, The Tank, among others, Pooja can mentor on stand-up comedy, writing and similar creative pursuits.
Founder, The Violet Society
As founder of The Violet Society, a career development program for female & non-binary people in tech or startups, Shriya can mentor on launching side projects, finding advisors, making revenue, and building high-impact companies.
Model and Entrepreneur
Shivani can mentor on navigating the modeling industry, and via her company, Live Shiv Media, advise on creative direction, diversity consultations, and brand development.
Product Marketing at Flatiron Health
Shivani can mentor on product marketing, especially in B2B settings. For small businesses owners and entrepreneurs, Shivani can advice on operations and scaling techniques.
Brand Strategist at TheSkimm
Arpita can mentor on brand strategy and business scaling, specifically within social media marketing, partnerships, ad sales, and branding, for in house ad agencies and female-lifestyle publishers.
Associate Creative Director at Entrée Health
Natasha can mentor on handling creative roles in a corporate setting, learning to self-advocate, navigating managerial positions, and presentation skills.
Interaction Designer at IBM
Maryam can mentor on print design and illustration, designing for children’s books, and using UX for engaging digital experiences.
Principal at Gartner
Nandini can mentor on brand and digital marketing and advertising across tech, CPG, fashion and beauty industries.
Founder at Mela Arts Connect and Bollywood Boulevard
Heena can mentor performing artists on building their careers: advising on developing a showcase, booking performances or building a presence in the industry.
Brand Manager at PepsiCo
Dipika can mentor on career path strategy, networking, and CPG advertising and branding.
Freelance Creative Director and Innovation Designer
Payal can mentor on a range of creative approaches (art direction, strategic thinking, experience design) and why process is important.
Entrepreneur at Spinster
Shanthi can mentor on entrepreneurship in the startup space, focusing on marketing, communications, and brand strategy.
Photographer + Cinematographer
Anumeha can discuss about photography, film, or design. She can also discuss the experience of growing and running Third Eye Collective and answer any questions on the Mentorship Platform.
Innovation Designer & Strategist
Reema can chat about the intersection of visual/brand and experience design and innovation strategy. She can also discuss the experience of growing and running Third Eye Collective and answer any questions on the Mentorship Platform.