OUR MISSION
META (Media Entertainment Technology Alliance) endeavors to gather a select group of leaders comprised of creators, executives, activists, academics, and journalists who will collaborate to achieve concrete solutions impacting the Black community.
We will leverage the power and influence of the Media, Entertainment, and Technology sectors to evolve perceptions, expose injustice, and expand horizons, while encouraging a sense of agency and mobilizing civic participation.
META is designed to explore how we can better harness these platforms to influence critical education and social justice outcomes in our community.

“I’m about agency. I’m about being in control of your narrative.”- Janelle Monae

THU + FRI

JUNE 20 21

2019

MILK STUDIOS

Los Angeles, CA

ABOUT

“We are the change we seek.”- Obama

META is a thought leadership collective advocating for essential change across key issues affecting the African American community. From Politics to Education to Criminal Justice to Content Creation to Economic Leadership, META builds alliances that will propel forward movement across these fundamental focus areas. #META4Change

FEATURED GUESTS

IN FORMATION
ESI EGGLESTON BRACEY
DONNA BRAZILE
BEVERLY BOND
MARY SCHMIDT CAMPBELL
DEBRA MARTIN CHASE
LEE DANIELS
MORGAN DEBAUN
JUDITH BROWNE DIANIS
HILL HARPER
SHAUN HARPER
DJ KHALED
CHARLES D. KING
QUEEN LATIFAH
BRITTANY PACKNETT
STEVE PAMON
TYLER PERRY
CHARLES PHILLIPS
RASHAD ROBINSON
ANGELA RYE
DR. YUSEF SALAAM
AL SHARPTON
JIM SHELTON
MARVA SMALLS
MICHAEL SMITH
MICHAEL STRAUTMANIS
NISCHELLE TURNER
RON WILLIAMS

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THURSDAY JUNE 20, 2019 | 9am – 8pm
Milk Studios Los Angeles
855 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
FRIDAY JUNE 21, 2019 | 11:30am – 2:30pm
The London Hotel Penthouse
1020 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
ATTENDEE
This invitation is for and is non-transferable. RSVP by June 18, 2019

AGENDA

THURSDAY JUNE 20, 2019
9:00am – 9:30am
ATTENDEE ARRIVALS + CHECK-IN
Breakfast Served (Studio 5)
9:30am – 10:00am
META Welcome
Opening Remarks: Scott Mills, President, BET Networks
10:00am – 11:00am
Our Opportunities to Impact Change

Media, entertainment, and technology can radically influence every aspect of society. From propaganda to social impact messaging to breaking news to viral stories, a story well-told can change the world.  We open META with a dialogue about how the most influential people and platforms across these sectors can work together to positively impact outcomes for the African-American community.

Featured Guests:

Tyler Perry, Entrepreneur + Content Creator + Actor

Nischelle Turner, Correspondent, Entertainment Tonight

11:00am – 12:00pm
IMPACT: Our Narratives (The Hangar)

Narratives shape our beliefs and values, and influence our decision-making and behavior.  Media, Entertainment and Technology represent some of the most powerful instruments in the narrative management process.  The panelists will discuss our greatest opportunities to create, disseminate, and reinforce narratives that will positively impact our community.

Introduction:

Shaun Harper, Executive Director, USC Race and Equity Center

Featured Guests:

Debra Martin Chase, Film + Television Producer

Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, Color of Change

Steve Pamon, COO, Parkwood Entertainment

Moderator:

Jemele Hill, Staff Writer, The Atlantic + Host, “Jemele Hill Is Unbothered” Podcast

12:00pm – 12:30pm
IMPACT: Technology – Part 1

As CEO of the third largest enterprise software company in the world, Charles Phillips is one of the most accomplished African-Americans in the technology industry. We begin our discussion on the power of technology to impact the Black community with a fireside chat between Charles Phillips and Viacom’s Marva Smalls.  Charles will share his perspectives on opportunities to utilize the technology sector to impact empowerment, entrepreneurship, and social justice outcomes.

Featured Guest:

Charles Phillips, Founder + CEO, Infor

Moderator:

Marva Smalls, EVP, Global Head of Inclusion Strategy, Viacom

12:45pm – 1:30pm
IMPACT: Technology – Part 2 (The Hangar)

African-Americans lead in the consumption of personal technology, yet we are underrepresented in virtually every other aspect of the global technology ecosystem.  Our panelists will share key opportunities for using technology to impact education in our community, and offer pivotal ways to increase our community’s participation in the innovation economy.

Featured Guests:

Mary Schmidt Campbell, President, Spelman College

Lauryn Ogbechie, Director, Education Partnerships, Facebook

Brittany Packnett, Activist + Educator + Writer

Moderator:

Jim Shelton, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Blue Meridian Partners

1:30pm – 3:00pm
LUNCHEON PROGRAM Presented by P&G (Studio 5) IMPACT: Perception

Media, entertainment, and technology play pivotal roles in shaping perceptions of people, practices, and events. When representations are based on cultural stereotypes, the African-American community can be marginalized and distorted. Our luncheon program will explore the power narratives to shift perceptions and a powerful new P&G campaign that is addressing this issue head-on.

Opening Remarks:

Louis Carr, President of Media Sales, BET Networks

Partner Remarks:

Barron Witherspoon, Global VP, Industry Affairs & Corporate Race Initiative, Procter & Gamble

Featured Guests:

Lee Daniels, Film + Television Writer, Director, Producer

Hill Harper, Actor + Activist

3:15pm – 3:30pm
META MOMENT

Featured Guest:

Yusef Salaam, Member of The Exonerated Five

3:30pm – 4:30pm
IMPACT: Leadership (The Hangar)

Media, entertainment, and technology can play significant roles in advancing the African-American community.   Is significant African-American ownership and/or leadership of critical platforms required for the full empowerment of these platforms to be realized?  Our panelists will explore what we must do, individually and collectively, to ensure we have the ability to drive these platforms’ engagement and support today, and in the future.

Featured Guests:

Esi Eggleston Bracey, EVP and COO, NA Beauty and Personal Care, Unilever

Queen Latifah, Actor + Producer

Charles D. King, Founder + CEO, MACRO

Ron Williams, Former Chairman & CEO, AETNA + Author, Learning to Lead

Moderator:

Morgan DeBaun, Founder + CEO, Blavity Inc.

4:45pm – 5:45pm
IMPACT: Election 2020 (The Hangar)

We are all well-aware of the influence that media, entertainment, and technology wield in the political arena. With the 2020 presidential election on the horizon, these sectors can play a critical role in mobilizing civic participation and ensuring equitable treatment at the polls for our community. Our panelists will discuss how we better utilize these platforms to have the greatest positive impact.

Fireside Chat:

Donna Brazile, Political Strategist

Stefanie Brown James, Co-Founder + Senior Advisor, The Collective

Derrick Johnson, President + CEO, NAACP

Moderator:

Angela Rye, CEO, Impact Strategies, Political Analyst, CNN & NPR

5:45pm to 6:00pm
META MOMENT + CLOSING REMARKS

In order to achieve the ambitious goals set forth by META, we must work collaboratively towards a more equitable future for the African-American community.  Join the king of collaboration and one of the hottest hit-makers in the music industry, DJ Khaled, for a candid dialogue about influence, social impact and the power of collaboration to spark change.

Featured Guests:

DJ Khaled, DJ + Producer

Closing Remarks:

Scott Mills, President, BET Networks

6:00pm – 7:30pm
COCKTAIL RECEPTION — COCKTAILS + CONNECTION + COLLABORATE (The Pavilion)

We wrap up the first day of META with a closing reception hosted in partnership with The Barack Obama Foundation as guests connect, share, and lay the groundwork for meaningful collaboration in the pursuit of long-term change.

Remarks:

Michael A. Strautmanis, Chief Engagement Officer, The Barack Obama Foundation

FRIDAY – JUNE 21, 2019
The London Hotel Penthouse  | 11:30am – 2:30pm
IMPACT: Our Communities

Despite the global reach of media, entertainment and technology, the issues affecting our community each day are happening at the local level. Community activism has been the cornerstone of the civil rights movement and the fight for social and economic justice for decades. Elected officials, community organizers, educators, activists and non-profit leaders are at the epicenter of movement building aimed at changing social outcomes for our community. Our two-part brunch will explore the power of community engagement and its ability to align with media, entertainment, and technology partners to advance our collective goals.

Introduction:

Scott Mills, President, BET Networks

Part 1 Featured Guests:

Michael Smith, Executive Director, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance

Beverly Bond, Founder + CEO, Black Girls Rock!

Part 2 Featured Guests:

Al Sharpton, Founder, National Action Network

Closing Remarks:

Scott Mills, President, BET Networks

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