SMPTE Hollywood Explores Diversity in STEM Employment

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Tue, 10/02/2018 - 13:35 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television will examine the entertainment industry’s need for greater diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talent at its monthly meeting October 11, in Hollywood.

“Studios, production companies, postproduction facilities, and other employers in the entertainment industry need talent trained in STEM disciplines,” said SMPTE Hollywood Section nanager Ramón Bretón, CTO at 3rd i Digital. “Skilled technologists are essential to fueling further advancements in motion picture and broadcast content creation, and research has demonstrated that, in trying to solve complex problems, it’s critical to draw on individuals with diverse perspectives. We’ll talk about steps companies can take to attract a more diverse talent pool, including more women and people of color, as they fill positions requiring STEM expertise.”

At SMPTE Hollywood Section’s October meeting, a group of highly successful STEM professionals will share their insights on how to encourage more inclusion in Hollywood technology projects. In a series of short presentations and panel discussions, they will offer tips to STEM job seekers on how to attract the attention of employers and suggest ways that employers can spot the hidden talent that is often right in front of them.

Participants will include:

Alexis Lewis, business development manager for economic policy at the office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Lewis will be discussing the Evolve Entertainment Fund, an initiative launched by the Mayor’s Office to increase diversity in the entertainment industry.

Nadya Ichinomiya, director of IT in Enterprise Agile Transformation at Sony Pictures Entertainment, and co-founder of Women in Technology: Hollywood (WiTH).

Meaghan Wilbur, editor/workflow engineer and director of mentorship at Blue Collar Post Collective (BCPC).

Tom Roach, senior vice president of technology at Warner Bros. Entertainment Group. Roach will discuss Neurodiversity in the Workplace.

John Tarnoff, reinvention career coach and author of Boomer Reinvention – How to Create Your Dream Career Over 50.

Producers of the event include Bretón; Jeanette DePatie, lead writer/producer at Propellerhead; Kylee Peña, coordinator, creative technologies and infrastructure at Netflix; and Brian Quandt, M&E software engineer.

A networking reception sponsored by Netflix will be held before the meeting.

There is no cost to attend. Click here to register for the meeting