As with any artistic endeavor, Women Interactive is a collaborative Creative Technology Festival. Below are the event curators.
Sabrina Harvey is the Chief Creative Officer at Friday Girl TV, Art of Genius Creative Technology Series and Girl Genius Productions, which produces media content for web, TV and film including, webstation for women, Friday Girl TV. Sabrina has worked in the field of communications, marketing and project management for over 10 years and has worked on campaigns for Loreal cosmetics, Citizens Trust Bank, Grady Hospital and Stedman Graham.
Ashia R. Sims, MBA is the Chief Transmedia Offier at Art of Genius Creative Technology Series and Girl Genius Productions, which produces media content for the web, tv and film including the web station for women, Friday Girl TV. Ashia has worked in the field of television and film production for over 8 years. She has worked on television projects for BET, Fox, Peachtree TV, Starz in Black and NBC as well as several feature film projects.
Chief Content Curator
Rita Leslie, Chief Content Curator at Women Interactive is a seasoned copywriter and advertising consultant that has worked on global and national brands like, Nike, Coca-Cola, Target and EA Sports to create strategically driven campaigns. Having also worked in the fashion and entertainment industries provides a unique perspective. Rita understands how creativity, technology and communication can be utilized from any side.
2013 Women Interactive Curators
Denise Reese is Director, Business Development with Macquarium Intelligent Communications, a premiere Strategy and Experience Design Firm in Atlanta, GA. In her role, Denise manages relationships with some of Macquarium’s top Enterprise Customers across multiple industry verticals. Denise is also responsible for New Business, Strategic Alliance and Channel Partner Development.
Denise is passionate about serving in the community. She served as Board Chair of the University Community Academy Board of Directors from 2009–‐2012. She is serving her second term as Vice President for The Women in Technology (WIT) Foundation Board, the philanthropic arm of Women In Technology, Inc. Additionally, she serves as Executive Advisor to WIT’s “WIT on Campus“ Program and is also responsible for developing strategic relationships for The WIT Foundation. She had the honor of being a contributing author to WIT’s leadership book CLIMB: Leading Women in Technology Share Their Journey’s to Success. Denise also serves on the Board of Directors for Cool Girls, Inc. and holds the honor of Event Chair for Cool Girls signature fundraiser, Hot Pink Party 2013. She was also a Founding Board Member and Director of Development for the Greater Atlanta Professional Chapter of Women MBA’s International, formerly known as NAWMBA –‐ National Association of Women MBA’s.
She hopes to bring inspiration to anyone who works with her, whether on events for SOA Event Concepts or during sessions as a headlining speaker of the InspireTour, a motivational and information workshop created to provide people with the tools they need to create their own success.
As Creative Director, or as she likes to be called “Senior Event Storyteller, Shawntel hopes to make SOA Event Concepts, and its parent SOA Concepts Global, an international brand. She has plans to take the event out of the industry and bringing it to the home.
Greg Greenlee is the Owner and Founder of the Blacks In Technology LLC organization. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Greg has over 12+ years of technology experience as a Systems and Network Engineer. Greg has obtained several industry standard technology certifications as well as his degree in Computer Network Engineering. His organization, Blacks In Technology has a membership base approaching 1000 black technology and engineering professionals nationwide. His ultimate vision is to create a technology platform that will allow those underrepresented in the field to become more visible, create more positive perceptions and spur even greater participation.
Fredara M. Hadley, Ph.D. is the chief music evangelist at Jooksi where she plans concert meetups and hosts a community of shared playlists and music stories. An ethnomusicologist by training, Fredara loves talking, and researching all things music. She fervently believes that we can learn more about ourselves and each other by taking a closer look at the way we create and experience music. Fredara also is the managaing editor at Musiqology.com and her work has appeared on Okayplayer, PopMatters, and Urb Magazine.
Ebony Hillsman is a Servant Leader. After years working in television broadcast with CNN she found a newly defined purpose in non-profit work by developing the communications strategies for non-profit and advocacy causes. As a communications specialist she helps people tell their story, creatively, functionally and in deliverable formats to the masses. Voice is a cornerstone in fundraising and growth. Ms. Hillsman is a native of Sanford, Florida and a proud graduate of Florida A&M University. She lives in Atlanta.
Jacqui Chew is an avid supporter of innovation and innovators. As founder of iFusion Marketing, she helps companies bringing disruptive technologies and products to market build their business. As co-organizer of TEDxPeachtree, the largest annual TEDx event in the state of Georgia, she leads an all-volunteer team to create an immersive experience that also serves as a launch pad for innovative thinking and thinkers.
She is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, business strategy and digital media and has spoken at a number of industry conferences such as Digital Summit 2012, Digital Atlanta 2010 and 2011, Integrating Social Media Conference 2011, SoCon09 – 12, CapVenture, StartupChicks and eHub Gwinnett. Fox 5 News Atlanta, USA Today, Fortune and the Atlanta Journal Constitution are among the media outlets that have quoted or featured her in articles on startups and/or social media.
Andrew Greenberg, best known for designing computer games and roleplaying games, is lead developer on the upcoming Fading Suns: Noble Armada mobile and tablet game. Andrew co-created the “Fading Suns” roleplaying and computer games and was the original developer of White Wolf’s “Vampire: The Masquerade.” He has credits on more than 50 White Wolf products and more than 20 HDI books. He has also worked on products with other roleplaying game companies, including “Star Trek Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine.” His computer game credits include Dracula Unleashed, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Emperor of the Fading Suns, Warhammer 40K: Final Liberation, Merchant Prince II, Mall Tycoon, Dungeon Crawlers, Dungeon Lords, The Virtual World of Kaneva, Railroad Tycoon Mobile and the Global Agenda MMO. A fellow with the Mythic Imagination Institute, Andrew is also president of the Georgia Game Developers Association and organizer of the Southeast Interactive Entertainment and Games Expo (SIEGE).
2012 Women Interactive Curators
Writer and Digital Doyenne Lauren Brown Jarvis is a 2012 graduate of Spelman College and produced the highly successful Digital Doyennes: Wisdom from Women who Lead in Social Media and Digital Innovation. Her ability to make any event “social” has allowed her to work with the National Visionary Leadership Project, Atlanta Public Schools,Black Women’s Film Network, All Women’s Media Alliance, Women in Film and Television, All Women’s Media Alliance and the Office of Communications at Spelman College where she served as the school’s first Social Media Coordinator.
Felicia Pride is a writer, content strategist, and educator with more than ten years experience working in media. She provides story and content strategy, develops creative content projects, and manages media and web production through her firm Pride Collaborative. She recently finished co-developing media-based educational materials for the PBS documentary Slavery by Another Name and is working on developing the curriculum for a NPR radio show. Additionally, she is the founder of The Create Daily, a daily resource for content creators.
Lauren Thomas is a digital marketing strategist with a passion for connecting with people through social media, storytelling, and travel.
She has developed social media strategies, launched influencer outreach campaigns and conducted social media training seminars for a variety of organizations, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. She also speaks about new media and social media marketing and has spoken at events including the Atlanta Food Blog Forum, Digital Atlanta and BarkWorld Expo.
Nicole Garner, a product of Georgia State University and the Fashion Institute of Technology, is the principle of the high profile events planning, fashion and lifestyle, public relations and marketing firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Beginning her career under the guidance of some of the industry’s most noted entertainment and celebrity publicists, Garner soon realized her passion for the glitzy and glamourous side of PR. With clients ranging from the Jaguar Luxury Brand, New Era Cap, Ciara, Estelle, Strength of Nature Global, MillerCoors, Amar’s Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns), Lebron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Porsche, Adidas, Xbox and more with efforts appearing on MTV, BET, E!, VH1, NBA TV and on the glossy pages of many of today’s most well noted magazines and blogs. this author, instructor and practitioner has asserted herself as an authority on this mysterious field of publicity. At only twenty eight years of age, Nicole Garner’s agency represents corporate brands and unique clients in raw, rich, and unconventional territories.
Candace Bazemore is reaching new heights as a highly creative and multitalented business and community leader. Candace is the President of J. Lane Media Company, an Atlanta-based graphic design firm. Candace is also the Publisher of Sister Girl News, a web magazine and radio show that focuses on giving all women a voice and sharing news and information by providing a closer look at real people, entertainment, politics, lifestyle, and social issues from a woman’s perspective. Candace is a sought after speaker and she conducts trainings, seminars and speaks to youth, business executives and women leaders about success, branding and social media. She has had the opportunity to bring her message to audiences including those at United Way, Metlife, Bronner Business Institute, ActionCoach, the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, the Association of Black MBAs, the Consulate of the Republic of Liberia, the Campaigns Academy and Usher’s New Look Foundation.
Margaret Kargbo is an advocate of social good + literacy through the Arts with over a decade of experience in relationship building and strategic thinking to a mix of corporate, nonprofit and freelance entities. Margaret has always focused her efforts to projects and people whose work make a difference in the lives of others, particularly through the scope of media education, experiential marketing and community building. Her strong desire to see good things happen through collaborative partnerships and shared experiences prompted her in Spring 2010 to jumpstart a creative boutique agency – iWonder MediaGroup. Focusing on the Arts & humanities, iWonder MediaGroup supports local artists, businesses and nonprofits to produce special programming and events while providing media education through panel discussions, cultural exchanges and documentary series. Currently, Margaret splits her time managing the strategic direction of iWonder MediaGroup while providing consulting services to San Francisco based -integrated marketing company, Ryan Partnership. She is actively involved in several arts, entertainment and community outreach organizations both local and otherwise that include WRFG 89.3 FM Board of Directors; City of Atlanta/OCA Contract for Arts Services Advisory Panel; Idea Capital steering committee; C4 Atlanta Board of Directors; The Ladies Board and Sustainable Rural Regenerative Enterprises for Families (SURREF).