The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

10:45 AM - Noon

Track II: Haas Conference Center - Room 171

Living the Life: Entrepreneurs, Lifestyle Innovators and Disrupters

Wendy Doulton, Managing Partner, Katalyst Group

Cam Kashani, Godmother of Silicon Beach

Amanda Bradford, Founder and CEO, The League

Tania Yuki, CEO, Shareablee

Valerie Alexander, author, How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having “Female Brains")

Casey Cowan, Communications Director, Sudara, Inc.

Claudia Rosa, Managing Director, Idea Farmer

Tess Cacciatore, CEO, Global Women’s Empowerment Network (GWEN), Moderator


Wendy Doulton is the Managing Partner of Katalyst Group, an executive search firm based in Los Angeles.  She has an extensive background in executive search focusing on digital media, entertainment, eCommerce, retail, mobile and related technologies and platforms.  With a focus on industry specialization over functional expertise, Wendy has conducted numerous searches for senior leaders and functional heads ranging from Technology, eCommerce, Marketing,  Analytics, Product and Digital. Past and present client companies include Google, Nike, Gap, Sony, Fox, Samsung, Westfield, Activision, Amazon, Riot

Games, Patagonia, Twitter and LivingSocial. Prior to founding The Katalyst Group, Wendy was Head of Talent Acquisition at Yahoo Media Group, and at DreamWorks SKG. As VP, Media and Entertainment, Wendy led the Los Angeles office at Cook Associates Executive Search.  Previously she lived in London where she was the European Director of the Media & Entertainment Practice at A.T. Kearney Executive Search, responsible for working with clients on a pan European basis. Born in the United States, but educated in England and France where she earned her BA in International Relations and Economics and having conducted searches on all continents, Wendy brings a truly global perspective and understanding to her work. She is fluent in French and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her composer husband, 3 sons, 2 dogs and horse. Passionate about giving back, Wendy and family support the Nature Conservancy and CoachArt.  She also aims to conduct at least one pro-bono search for charitable organizations each year.


Tania Yuki is the founder and CEO of Shareablee, a leading provider of social content analytics for business. She has spent most of her career in digital marketing, measurement and analytics, and was recently honored with several awards including, the SmartCEO Brava Award, Cynopsis Media Top Women in Digital Award, Direct Marketing News and Multichannel News 40 Under 40, L’Oréal Women in Digital Next Generation Award, and by Advertising Age as a 2015 Media Maven and 2016 40 Under 40. Tania began her career as a media and internet attorney, specializing in digital rights management, IP and film financing. After moving to the US from Australia she was seduced by digital and went on to run an online video content network as head of acquisitions and branding and has also led product management for comScore's Video Metrix, the world's leading online video ratings service. Tania is also the founder of wimlink, an organization that holds regular events and seminars promoting entrepreneurship, leadership and the professional development of women.'


Amanda Bradford is the Founder & CEO of The League, a dating app that combines data and social graphs from both Facebook and LinkedIn to offer privacy from coworkers, more context about a potential match, and a curated community of ambitious singles who desire an equally driven partner. Amanda previously worked in technical roles at Salesforce and Google and holds an MBA from Stanford and a BS Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon.


Claudia Rosa, Managing Director, Idea Farmer: Claudia has worked in marketing and advertising for a decade, cutting her teeth on some of the most influential brands on both the brand and agency side. As one of the first ten employees at Beats By Dre, she worked closely with the world’s most accomplished athletes and musicians regularly for both traditional and non-traditional marketing campaigns. She then transitioned to Beats’ creative agency, Zambezi, founded by Kobe Bryant. There, Claudia worked on a variety of leading sports industry brands including Nike, TaylorMade Golf, and Champs Sports, along with a robust roster of badge brand clients including Vitamin Water, Caesars Entertainment, and a handful of Coca-Cola products. Claudia joined the Idea Farmer team in 2015 and since has circumnavigated the globe telling food influencers stories and launched some of the highest profile product launches in the culinary space. As Managing Director, she oversees all client relationships and agency business objectives.


Valerie Alexander is a speaker, author, entrepreneur and filmmaker. She works with women who need to crack the glass ceiling and companies that want to demolish it. She tours the country speaking on the topics of "Happiness in the Workplace" and "Advancement for Women." As a screenwriter, Valerie has worked with Joel Schumacher, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ice Cube, and Barry Sonnenfeld, and as a filmmaker, she's made more than 50 films, commercials and PSAs, most notably, the anti-bullying short film, Ballpark Bullies, and the groundbreaking ad, Say I Do, in support of marriage equality. Her books include: Happiness as a Second Language, Success as a Second Language, and How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having "Female Brains"). She owns the trademark, " a Second Language" for self-help and personal growth titles, is the publisher of Parenting as a Second Language by Elisabeth Stitt, with five more Second Language titles in the pipeline.  Prior to screenwriting, Valerie was a corporate securities lawyer, an investment banker, and the Vice President of Business Development for two new media start-ups. Valerie has degrees from Trinity University, U.C., Berkeley, and a Certification in the Science of Happiness from Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. Valerie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, writer/producer Rick Alexander, and their ill-mannered German Shepherd, Pepper.


Casey Cowan, Communications Director, Sudara, Inc.:Casey Cowan is an advocate for social justice and breaking cycles of poverty. As the Communications Director for Sudara, Inc. she wakes up every day and works to promote, sustain, and build on Sudara's freedom-filled mission of providing jobs and job skills training for women who are at the highest risk or survivors of sex trafficking. Prior to her work at Sudara, she was an Assistant Principal for Success Academy Charter Schools in the South Bronx. Success Academy Charter Schools are top performing elementary, middle, and high schools in New York City, consistently ranking in the top 1%. Additionally, she served as a member of highly selective national service corps who commit two years to teach in under-resourced public schools and become lifelong leaders in a wide range of careers through Teach for America.


Cameron Kashani (call her Cam) builds startup communities and ecosystems around the world in order to promote world peace and innovation. She spreads the message of Peace in the form of Power. She works with technology innovators, founders, and startups to accelerate their success. She believes in the Human Element in life and in business, and her vision is a global economy that thrives on a “WE” dynamic. She's worked with 4000+ Entrepreneurs and 650+ supports. A Pioneer of Silicon Beach and referred to as the Godmother, she previously cofounded the first coworking space in Los Angeles for technology startups and entrepreneurs in 2010, Coloft. Over the course of her four years involved, Coloft spawned over 1400 alumni, home to the early days of Uber LA, Instacart, Fullscreen and so many more. Today, she's a single mom to twin boys, an Expert Speaker with the US State Department in a program that's proven to ward off extremism, and 3x founder that just launched her third venture to help fulfill on her vision called CoAccel, the Human Accelerator, bringing the concept of Startup Accelerators to a new level,​ directing energy and focus around the most important piece of the puzzle: The Human, Yourself. You are the ultimate product.


Tess Cacciatore is an award-winning producer, videographer, journalist and social entrepreneur who has dedicated her life advocating for peace, justice and equality around the globe.Prior to joining GWEN, Cacciatore was the founder and executive director of the World Trust Foundation, an organization that mentors youth to become future leaders working for a sustainable world. Throughout the past decade Cacciatore has traveled the globe connecting youth-focused non-profit organizations, inspiring youth to learn, think and take action for positive change in their lives, in their local communities and in the global community. Cacciatore has spoken regularly at the United Nations (Geneva and New York) and other international platforms on behalf of children and the important use of media and technology to bridge the cultures of the world. She has addressed thousands of people through numerous conferences, workshops and festivals, and millions through radio and TV appearances. Media appearances include: “The Today Show,” “Prime Time with John Stossel,” “Waking Up in America,” “The Lisa Garr Show” and several cable talk shows. She has also appeared in such publications as: Family Circle, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Des Moines Register, and Parenting Magazine. Cacciatore hosted a weekly radio show called “Live Feed” to raise awareness of the FEED 333 program under the World Trust umbrella that spanned each holiday season from 2005-2008. She recently appeared in three feature films about her work (“The Millionaire Mind,” “The Peace Project,” and “Voices of Women”). Cacciatore’ s career as a producer in the entertainment and technology industries has spanned more than 20 years, and drives the global productions through GWEN. Productions and events include: Earth Day LA, Human Rights Symposiums for Youth, live-streamed broadcasts connecting world leaders at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and fundraising programs that have served the homeless and needy globally. Cacciatore was an instrumental part of raising funds to feed 1.3 million children in 33 days through social networking and build 38 homes in Sri Lanka in answer to the 2005 tsunami. She has traveled the United States and abroad to conduct empowerment camps, workshops and mentorship curriculum, to name a few. Cacciatore has participated on many boards over the years including Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) where she held the position of vice president and interim president of the Los Angeles Chapter. She also served on the board of Offbeat Prodigies (an organization that mentors gifted children with special needs).  She is also a founding member of the Women’s Speakers Association. In 2003 Cacciatore was awarded the Fete d’ Excellence within the Sub-Commission for Human Rights at the United Nations (Geneva, Switzerland) for her work in educational entertainment.