Grace is co-founder and board chair of Gladeo. She is currently Executive Director of Deal Analysis and Brand Finance at 20th Century Fox Film. She is an experienced business development, strategy, and finance executive who has worked in film, TV, and digital. She has held various executive positions at 21st Century Fox including the licensing and merchandising division of Twentieth Century Fox, Shine America, and the motion picture deal analysis team at 20th Century Fox Film.
She has guest lectured on film finance at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She earned a B.A. at Harvard College, where she was a recipient of the Harvard College scholarship, a member of the Women's JV Volleyball team, Director of the Harvard University Bone Marrow Registry drives, and a minority recruiter for the Harvard University Admissions Office. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, cooking, and playing the guitar and piano.
Michelle is the Co-Founder of Gladeo. Since 2005, Michelle has been a mentor and volunteered her time conducting college planning seminars for schools and community-based non-profits. While she was volunteering, she saw a huge gap between school and career especially for students who lived in low income neighborhoods or who were the first in their family to go to college. She started Gladeo in 2016 to bridge that gap and since then, Gladeo's online resources and workshops have helped thousands of students, teachers and counselors learn about the diverse array of careers and industries through their videos, interactive website, infographics and social media.
Michelle Cho is an award-winning film producer who co-produced the film "Au Revoir Taipei" which won the NetPac Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Since then she has also worked in film development and financing for LUKA Productions. She was also Director of Operations for a LA-based commercial real estate company. Michelle graduated from Stanford University in 2001 with a degree in Economics.
Lisa Andrews MSW M.A. M.Ed is a professional School Counselor at Pomona Unified School District whose practice is predicated on counseling leadership and student advocacy. The goals of equity, access and opportunity are inherent to her practice and legacy of working with underrepresented youth within the community of Pomona, CA since March of 2000.
Collectively her educational experience has contributed to a dynamic professional history that includes the development and implementation of educational programs that target the social emotional development and educational advancement of disenfranchised students within the non-public and public school setting.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders from University of Redlands, a Masters of Social Work from University of Southern California, Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, and Master of Arts from University of La Verne in School Counseling. She is a music enthusiast, avid football and tennis fan, and has a love for all things USC and Trojan related!
Kayla is an organizational consultant with experience in tech start-ups since 2007; currently she’s serving as the Director, Transformational Change Management at Ticketmaster. Previously Kayla was Director, Strategic & Organizational Development at Two Toasters, a premiere mobile agency with clients such as AirBnB, Google, Regal Cinemas, and Birchbox; that was acquired by Ticketmaster in 2015. Kayla is getting her Masters in Organizational Leadership, holds a Bachelor’s in Communication and a certification in organizational change management.
Working as one of the few women in male dominant industries include technology, sports, and gaming - Kayla’s passion and determination for more minority inclusion pushed her to re-evaluate her company’s recruitment & inclusion programs, mentor underprivileged students in coding and join the Wine, Women & Shoes committee to fundraise for Communities in Schools of NC. At Ticketmaster Kayla is a leader of the WeNation (women in entertainment) employee resource group and is an ally ambassador of BE@LiveNation focused on black employees.
Marnie is the Head of Finance for Fox Searchlight Pictures. Marnie is a finance, operations, and strategy professional with deep knowledge of financial planning and analysis, budget management, and financial modeling. Before joining Searchlight, Marnie held finance positions in International Theatrical Distribution, and in Studio Deal Analysis, at Twentieth Century Fox's main unit film division. Prior to working in the film industry, she was a Branch Manager for a boutique investment real estate brokerage.
Marnie earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing, from the University of California, Riverside. She earned her MBA, with concentrations in Finance and Entertainment, from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.
Marnie spends her free time traveling, playing tennis, hiking, and going to the movies.
Attila J. Gazdag
Attila is a senior media executive with demonstrated track record in managing a diverse range of branded content businesses on a global scale. He has deep expertise in multi-platform video content distribution across genres, including kids content, classic movies, and live sports. He was responsible for multi-hundred million USD P&Ls and organizations up to 200 staff. Currently he is serving as Managing Director, Age of Learning Studios, the studios division of Age of Learning, Inc.
From March 2013 to March 2016, Gazdag was general manager of various direct-to-consumer operating businesses for Warner Bros. Digital, including the first subscription over-the-top service by a major Hollywood studio, Warner Archive Instant. Prior, as the New York-based Senior Vice President, Global Media Distribution at the NBA, he oversaw the television, online, and mobile distribution of programming and digital services from the NBA’s worldwide content portfolio.
Earlier in his career, he worked in corporate finance and M&A at a unit of KPMG. Mr. Gazdag earned an MBA from The Wharton School and a Master of International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the College of International Business in Budapest, Hungary.
Mark brings nearly 20 years of experience with nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprise to our practice. He is the Founder of Build Advisory, a non-profit and social enterprise consultancy. Prior to leading Build Advisory full-time, Mark served as the primary operations, finance, and legal adviser to an international foundation with operations in 40 countries. He represented the foundation before the highest levels of government in East and Central Africa, the Philippines, and China while delivering public health services as a member of program teams.
Mark started his career with Jones Day in Washington, D.C. advising Fortune 500 companies, banks, and nonprofit organizations on international mergers and acquisitions, structured finance, and tax controversies. He was subsequently recruited by EY and led the nonprofit tax practice from Northern California to Alaska.
Mark is a CTEC Registered Tax Preparer, authorized to practice before the Internal Revenue Service, and is a United States Tax Court Practitioner. Mark is also a member of the California Society of Tax Consultants and the District of Columbia Bar.*
Laurie is a branded entertainment and strategic partnerships consultant, working with connecting content creators with advertising and technology partners to help them to reach new audiences utilizing global multi-platform distribution channels. Concurrently, Laurie is a Director/Producer with Two Peas Productions, currently in pre- production on a feature documentary series in New Orleans. Laurie was Senior Vice President of Branded Entertainment for iTVX/Rentrak.
Prior to joining Rentrak, Laurie was SVP of Branded Entertainment & Partnerships at Talent Channels at Endemol, working on shows like "Ace of Cakes," "Fear Factor," "Flipping Out," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" “Love in the Wild” and "Wipeout." Laurie also spent eleven years as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Univision.
Laurie began her professional career as a broadcast journalist after earning a BA in Communications/Journalism from the University of California, San Diego. She has an MBA in Global Marketing from Loyola Marymount University and is currently working on a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University. A member of the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association and previously a long-time trustee of the L.A. County High School for the Arts and the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Los Angeles chapter, Laurie served as both Vice-Chair and Chairman of the Board of Make-A-Wish, Los Angeles. Laurie was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently resides in Pacific Palisades, CA. with her two-year old daughter, Kaitlin.
Nikki is a dynamic and accomplished publicity, marketing communications, and business development professional who co-founded Coterie Media, a boutique media, marketing and public relations firm based in Los Angeles. A successful entrepreneur, Nikki excels at creating and orchestrating highly strategic campaigns for a multitude of entertainment, lifestyle, nonprofit, and social impact clients. She has a wealth of experience developing strategic alliances, managing media and talent relations, producing special events, initiating sponsorship opportunities, and generating synergistic partnerships that raise awareness for each client’s specific mission, goals and objectives. Some of her clients have included NBCUniversal, Netflix, PBS, Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC, TV Guide, MGM, US Against Alzheimer's, Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Last Chance for Animals, and start up ventures, lifestyle / wellness experts, and notable media personalities.
Prior to launching Coterie Media, Nikki served as Vice President of Entertainment for the powerhouse publicity firm Rogers & Cowan. Prior to that, she spearheaded media and corporate communications for A&E Networks. Upon graduating from Pepperdine University with a degree in Marketing and Advertising, Nikki began her career in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather where she worked on the account teams for Microsoft and American Express.
Nikki also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Southern California chapter of Autism Speaks. There she has launched and co-chaired the organization’s annual Signature Gala where she has helped raised millions of dollars to benefit families affected by autism.