Featured Speakers

Filiz Bahmanpour

VP of TV TV Production Technology, NBCUniversal

Filiz Bahmanpour is Vice President of TV Production Technology at NBCUniversal.  She oversees technology strategy and solution delivery for the country's largest and most successful production companies including UTV, UCP, UTA and Wilshire Studios.

Some of the industry-leading solutions implemented under Filiz's leadership include production system for late night shows which brought her an EMMY recognition with SNL, digital crew onboarding, competitive metadata intelligence for studio development and production, financial data warehouse, production asset management, and idea to air digitization of studio business workflows.

Prior to her current role, Filiz held progressive technology leadership roles within Filmed Entertainment Technology at NBCUniversal.  As the director of Title Management and Rights, she developed and rolled out an enterprise-wide intellectual property and rights system.  Before that, she was a program manager responsible from large initiatives for Universal Pictures involving global box office projections, global film release date planning, and international theatrical distribution.

Before NBCUniversal, Filiz worked in tech start-ups in LA and as a tech consultant in financials industry in New York. 

Filiz serves in the leadership committees of notable diversity and inclusion initiatives including Comcast & NBCUniversal TECHWomen and APA - Asian Pacific American employee resource group.  Strong advocate for STEAM education, she is involved in FIRST Robotics mentorship program.

Filiz, born and studied in Istanbul, holds BA in Mass Communication & Media. After university education, she began her career at Star TV and worked in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather in Istanbul. She is married and has one daughter.  She resides in Los Angeles.

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Lea Endres

Co-Founder & CEO, NationBuilder

Lea Endres is an entrepreneur, educator and human rights advocate. A renowned facilitator, she has spent most of her life working to make the tools of leadership available to everyone.

Lea's commitment to leadership began as a fifteen-year-old working with the Oakland-based California Association of Student Councils. Hooked on the idea that a well organized community could accomplish anything, she spent the next few decades training people all over the world - from mayors in Japan to teachers in Compton. She ran education programs at WorldLink Foundation and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights before helping to found Green for All, an organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy. Inspired by the internet's revolutionary potential to make leadership and community building easier and more accessible, Lea ultimately joined Jim Gilliam and Jesse Haff in creating NationBuilder. She served as the company's Chief of Staff and then President, before becoming CEO in 2017.Lea currently serves on the board of the Dream Corps, a social justice accelerator that houses projects including #LoveArmy, #yeswecode, #cut50 and Green for All. She also advises Isidore Electronics Recycling  (now Homeboy Recycling), a Los Angeles-based social enterprise that is creating green jobs for people exiting California's correctional system. She is an accomplished screenwriter and the co-author of Jim Gilliam's memoir, The Internet is My Religion.

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Caitlin Gremminger

Special Agent / Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Coordinator, FBI

Caitlin Gremminger has been a Special Agent with the FBI since 2006.  While the majority of her career was engaged in working Counterintelligence matters in Los Angeles, SA Gremminger also enjoyed two years investigating bank robberies. She has been a Crisis Negotiator since 2008 through which she has been deployed to numerous crisis situations and kidnappings, including Manila to assist with a kidnapping and South Korea to teach Crisis Negotiation to U.S. Military personnel.  In May 2017, SA Gremminger became the Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Coordinator, where she spends her time collaborating with companies in the greater Los Angeles area on cyber threats, insider threats and national security concerns. Prior to being hired by the FBI, SA Gremminger worked as an Electrical Engineer for a cleared defense contractor.

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Mary L. LeBlanc

President & Principal Consultant, Bridger Val Associations LLC

Mary is currently President and Principal Consultant for Bridger Val Associates LLC, specializing in CIO leadership development and strategic consulting services.  She serves on the Advisory board for the Easton Technology Management Center at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and on the Board of Trustees for Homeless Solutions, Inc.

As a former Chief Information Officer in multiple global environments and industries, including Pharmaceuticals, Hospitality, Agribusiness, Oil & Gas and Chemicals, Mary is well positioned to support companies who are interested in understanding the impact of technology on their business, operating in global environments, facing diversity challenges and/or who are undergoing significant changes, mergers, acquisitions or other disruptions to their business model. 

Mary has a Bachelor's degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.  

Mary was the Global Pharma CIO for Novartis Pharmaceuticals based in Basel, Switzerland, where she drove several significant digital health initiatives.  

Before joining Novartis, Mary was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Avis Budget Group. 

During her tenure, her accomplishments included the successful implementation of IT outsourcing initiatives for infrastructure and application support as well as the introduction of major new eCommerce, HR and financial systems platforms.  

Mary's experience in information technology also includes senior level IT positions at Pfizer/Pharmacia, BASF and American Cyanamid where she had a strong record of developing business focused global IT teams as well as leading change and integration initiatives through multiple acquisitions.  

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Paul Martin

Senior VP & Chief Diversity Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment

As Chief Diversity Officer at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), Paul Martin is responsible for global staffing functions at all levels within the organization. Martin, as part of the studio's People & Organization department, is particularly tasked with bringing together people of different experiences and backgrounds to create a workplace that is innovative and engaging, attracting top talent from around the world. 

Since Martin joined SPE in 2008, the studio has implemented a multi-prong diversity and cross-cultural strategy that takes diversity beyond its traditional boundaries to create an environment of inclusion.  He has introduced programs geared at targeting emerging and diverse creative talent who can help tell stories that will entertain a global, multicultural audience.  He also leads the company's 12 Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs), where more than 1400 global employees participate to share common interests, foster professional development and link to overall business strategies.  

Martin has been recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the top diversity executives in the country. He sits on the board of several non-profits geared toward reaching out to young people in underserved communities and providing guidance around education, critical thinking and conflict resolution skills.  

Prior to joining SPE, Martin was Vice President, Worldwide Recruitment for Warner Bros. Entertainment. In this role, his responsibilities included for strategically restructuring all aspects of the recruiting process at Warner Bros. and launching an employee affinity groups program. Previous to that, Martin was the Human Resources Manager at LRN, The Legal Knowledge Company, a startup organization specializing in legal research and ethics training. He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School.    

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Mana Nakagawa

Diversity & Inclusion Project Manager, Facebook

Mana Nakagawa runs strategic operations on the Diversity & Inclusion team at Facebook, where she leads and scales cross-functional D&I initiatives across the company's global offices. Mana has also led key strategic initiatives for women's diversity, developing women's programs to support, grow, and retain women, as well as scaling Facebook's women's community and business resource groups globally. Prior to joining Facebook, Mana led international research efforts for the global bestseller book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, which contains different country-level data in each of the internationally published editions in over 50 countries. She has also served as an organizational behavior consultant to technology companies globally, and as a researcher for the United Nations Institute for Advanced Studies, UNESCO, and UNICEF, and served as a Fulbright Fellow to Japan. Mana holds a Ph.D. in International Education Policy from Stanford University, an M.A. in Sociology from Stanford, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Michelle Roth

Head of Talent Management, JPL

Michelle Roth is currently the Head of Talent Management at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where she leads the Talent Acquisition, HRBP and Diversity and Inclusion teams, a position she has held since 2016. In this role she has focused on understanding, developing and leading diversity and inclusion initiatives tailored to the STEM community and ensuring integration into succession planning, management development and recruitment of the next generation of STEM talent. Prior to joining JPL, Michelle held roles at Amgen, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bank of America and Deloitte Consulting navigating a career and roles that ranged from coding to project management to Human Resources. Michelle's passion and focus over the last decade has been working with STEM talent and understanding how innovation occurs within an organization and the role of diversity as the catalyst.

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Cynthia A. Torsney

Director, Core Vehicle Management Systems and Trusted Processing, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Cynthia A. Torsney is the Director  for Core VMS and Trusted Processing within the Engineering and Global Products Organization at Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation's security. 

Torsney is responsible for the management, development and delivery of common VMS and trusted processing products into multiple programs.  She also works with Business Development to identify, capture and integrate into programs similar critical enhancements and capabilities.

Previously, Torsney served as a Project Manager within a large Space program where she was responsible for the management, development and delivery of  significant additional capabilities on compressed schedules for a major national system.  Previous assignments included Assistant Project Manager for Ground Hardware  and  Acquisition Manager of multiple large  subcontracts. Previous positions include Program Manager of a number of advanced development and deliverable flight and ground hardware programs and a variety of functional management positions throughout her tenure at Northrop Grumman.  Torsney has more than 35 years of hardware engineering and program management experience, spanning space, ground, mission and supply chain levels throughout all phases of the system development cycle. Torsney comes from a proud Bruin tradition and earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Engineering from UCLA. Her husband earned his PhD at UCLA. Her daughter is currently a medical student at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine.

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Miguel Unzueta

Associate Professor of Management and Organization, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Miguel Unzueta is an associate professor of Management and Organizations at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He joined the faculty at UCLA in 2006 after earning his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Unzueta studies diversity, bias and discrimination. More specifically, his research explores how people understand their position within social and interpersonal hierarchies and the impact this understanding has on their perceptions of self, others and group-based inequality. His latest research explores the manner in which people define diversity and the impact that particular diversity definitions have on the representation of racial minorities in organizations. His research has been published in top management and psychology journals, including Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyPsychological Science and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. In recognition of his research record, he was awarded the Eric and "E" Juline award for excellence in faculty research at UCLA in 2012.

Unzueta teaches courses on managerial psychology (MGMT 409) and negotiations (MGMT 286) in both the FEMBA and full-time MBA programs. In 2010, Unzueta was awarded the George Robbins Teaching Award at UCLA Anderson. More recently, he was selected by Poets and Quants as one of the best 40 business school professors under age 40.

Outside of UCLA, Unzueta has conducted trainings on decision-making, negotiations and implicit bias for a variety of organizations, including Kaiser Permanente, the Scripps Research Institute and the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team.

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