DME Workforce Industry Council (1)

A Townhall Podcast on Culture, & Careers in Art, Digital Media, & Creative-Tech


Welcome: Jermaine Hampton LAEDC Sr. Director of Workforce Development and Special Projects –

Welcome: Linda Ngyuen Collective social impact | CSR, Microsoft

Opening Remarks: Stephen Cheung CEO LAEDC 

Panel I 

50th Anniversary Conversation: Hip Hop Culture as social justice/community engagement:

Moderator: Jay Tucker UCLA Anderson Center for Media Entertainment & Sports

Scetch (Music to Ears)

Madisun Leigh (Pergola Pictures)

Whitney Taber (Fab Factory Studios)

Candace Newman (CEO & Founder Live Out Live)

Panel 2

Innovation in Tech and Entertainment:

Moderator: Meia Johnson LA County Department of Arts & Culture

Keith White (Afro Animation)

John Agyapong (GRX Immersive)

Arabian Prince (Inov8 Next)

Shoni Doe, (Digital Pathway Initiative)

Panel 3

Getting the YES, workforce opportunities and pipeline initiatives:

Moderator: Shari Holly Director of DEI Strategy & Operations at Pipelines

DeJon Ellis (IATSE Local 80)

Jamaal Speakes (High School CTE teacher)

RiKarlo Handy (Handy Foundation)

Sasheen Artis (Plenty of Pie)

Panel 4

Gig Economy and Entrepreneurship:

Moderator: Charles Johnson LAEDC CERF Director

James Fauntleroy (1500 or Nothin)

Syd Stewart (Better Youth)

J Rich (Producer/Audio Engineer for Offset and multiple Artist)

Melanie Halfkenny (Actress & Music Artist – _Best known for the blockbuster Lena Waithe Film Queen and Slim)