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  • Harvardwood Presents: Investing Basics for Creatives with David Maurice Sharp

    Monday, October 11, 2021 at 04:00 PM - PDT · $10.00 USD

    4:00pm PST / 7:00pm EST

    Join David Maurice Sharp, author of The Thriving Artist, for this informative and engaging webinar specifically designed for creative professionals.

    Getting started with investing does not have to be intimidating–and it’s definitely not just for the wealthy! 

    You will learn the elements of a sound financial plan, including assessing your comfort level with risk, the basics of different types of investments, and ideas for creating a portfolio with limited and varying income. 

    Demystify the jargon and understand how to begin (or continue!) to integrate wealth-building into your financial life. We will also cover what you need to know about investing amid the Covid-19 crisis.

    About the Speaker

    DaviMaurice Sharp’s unique background allows him to relate to his audience both as an artist and as a financial professional.  He danced with the Mimi Garrard Dance Theatre from 1993 to 2001, as well as with other companies including Lucinda Childs, Blondell Cummings, Sean Curran, Rachel Lampert, Heidi Latsky, Lonne Moretton, and Anna Sokolow. His choreography has been performed at such venues as Lincoln Center, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, NYC Fringe Festival, La Mama, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and his video work, Shadow Dance, received a Silver Award from the Dance on Camera Festival.

    David was a founding member and initiated the formation of the Thriving Artists Investment Club, a limited partnership established by a small group of artist/friends to educate one another about investing and personal portfolio management.  Through that, he also gained greater insight into how the artist can best be educated about their finances and investing.  For more than a decade, David has been teaching investment workshops at HB Studio, an acting conservatory in New York City. This has provided him with the invaluable opportunity to hone his ideas for educating artists in regard to their finances, and to enjoy the success experienced by those who have implemented the ideas and techniques that he promotes.

    In October 2014, David was named a “money hero” for his work in educating artists about their finances by Money magazine. He is the author of The Thriving Artist: Saving and Investing for Performers, Artists, and the Stage & Film Industries and a contributing author to A Life in Dance: A Practical Guide.



    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

  • 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

    Do you need help figuring out how to look for work during the current crisis? Are you wondering how to stay focused on your long term career goals when there is a hiring freeze? If so, please join The Actors Fund for the How to Job Search During a Pandemic workshop.

    In Part Two of Job Search During a Pandemic you will:

    • Discuss how to manage job market uncertainty
    • Explore how to search for remote or currently hiring positions
    • Discover how to keep your long term job search active during the slow down 

    Please Note: This workshop series is not sequential. Participants can take Parts 1 and 2 in any order. For more information on Part 1, click here. 

    More info HERE.

  • Harvardwood Presents: A Conversation with Novelist Vinod Busjeet, HBS DBA ‘80

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 04:00 PM - PDT · $10.00 USD

    4:00pm PST / 7:00pm EST

    “The beauty of Vinod Busjeet’s splendid, often breathtaking book is, like the best stories of journeys to young adulthood, the precious and well-observed and heartbreaking details of day-to-day life.”

      ---Edward P. Jones, author of The Known World, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

    Join Harvardwood for a craft chat between Washington, DC authors Vinod Busjeet and John Adam Wasowicz!

    Vinod was born in Mauritius, a multiracial island east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. A first-time novelist, he holds a DBA degree from Harvard Business School. In his 29 year career in economic development, finance and diplomacy, he has held positions at the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation and the Embassy of Mauritius in Washington, DC.

    Vinod will speak with John Adam Wasowicz. John holds an MPA degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is an attorney and the author of four legal mysteries featuring Mo Katz as the fictional U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. His latest mystery, Roaches Run, is available here.

       


    Harvardwood is pleased to welcome Washington D.C. Harvard Club members to this event at the Harvardwood price!

    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

    D.C. Harvard Club Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.00 D.C. Harvard Club Members 

  • 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

    Virtually join other performing arts and entertainment industry professionals from across the country to discuss the ups and downs of navigating and working in the industry. This 6-week group is a way to connect with others in the community and reflect on participating in this unique, dynamic and challenging industry. This supportive space will allow you to share and listen with others going through similar experiences and give you a chance to build community and discuss coping strategies. 

    Please note that this is not a psychotherapy group and does not provide mental health treatment. If you are in need of mental health support, please reach out to The Actors Fund: actorsfund.org/MentalHealth

    This group is open to performing arts and entertainment professionals currently residing in the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. 

    Recurrence: The Entertainment Support Group meets Thursdays from 11 am-12:30pmPST /2 pm–3:30 pm ET starting September 23.

    More info HERE

  • Harvardwood Presents: A Conversation with Below the Line Agent Alex Franklin

    Monday, October 18, 2021 at 07:30 PM - PDT · $10.00 USD

    7:30 pm PST / 10:30 pm EST

    Join Harvardwood for a conversation with Alex Franklin, head of the Below the Line department of Zero Gravity Management!

    Alex Franklin was a Studio Executive for several years, starting at New Line Cinema with executive stints at Artisan Entertainment, Lionsgate Films and Dimension Films. In his studio development years he focused primarily on genre films and comic book adaptations, working on the Saw and Halloween franchises as well as working with Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios on an adaptation of The Punisher starring Tom Jane and John Travolta. His last film as a Studio Executive was Youth In Revolt starring Michael Cera. He then shifted into representation, first overseeing the below the line department at Partos Company for several years before moving over to Zero Gravity.

    Mr. Franklin is also lecturer at the UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media where he teaches graduate-level courses about the development and production of feature films and television projects. He also teaches several courses for the UCLA Summer Institute, for the Undergraduate Honors Collegium and the Department of Global Studies at the UCLA International Institute. His courses include “Hollywood and Cultural Diversity in America,” “Hollywood and Global Responsibility” and “Hollywood and America’s Global Image.” In these classes, students explore Hollywood’s portrayals and representations of different countries, races and groups, and their impact on our culture. In 2018, Franklin was awarded the Eugen Weber Honors Program Distinguished Teaching Award for his work with the Honors Program at UCLA.


    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Managing Cash Flow Graduate Group

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 09:00 AM - PDT

    9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST

    A monthly group providing ongoing support for graduates of Managing Cash Flow at The Actors Fund. Participants receive guidance and troubleshoot individual challenges, while building community and continuing their financial growth and education through discussions, guest speakers, and a financial book club.

    This group meets the third Tuesday of each month except July and December; in January, June and November we will meet on Wednesday evenings.

    PREREQUISITE: Participants must have completed both Budgeting Nuts & Bolts and Managing Cash Flow.

    More info HERE

  • 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

    Virtually join other performing arts and entertainment industry professionals from across the country to discuss the ups and downs of navigating and working in the industry. This 6-week group is a way to connect with others in the community and reflect on participating in this unique, dynamic and challenging industry. This supportive space will allow you to share and listen with others going through similar experiences and give you a chance to build community and discuss coping strategies. 

    Please note that this is not a psychotherapy group and does not provide mental health treatment. If you are in need of mental health support, please reach out to The Actors Fund: actorsfund.org/MentalHealth

    This group is open to performing arts and entertainment professionals currently residing in the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. 

    Recurrence: The Entertainment Support Group meets Thursdays from 11 am-12:30pmPST /2 pm–3:30 pm ET starting September 23.

    More info HERE

  • 5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST

    Harvardwood, Color of Change, ACLU of Southern California and the LA DA Accountability Coalition, invite you to join us for a virtual discussion on how crime and legal TV series impact the public perception of crime, racial injustice and the criminal legal system. We ask the question: How can we, as writers and showrunners, do better?

    We hope this event will inspire writers who want to be part of telling stories that share a more authentic understanding of the characters, forces and factors that shape the criminal legal system, and in a way that helps viewers reckon responsibly with all the complicated issues bound up in it. As a growing number of police-related shows are cancelled due to public pressure. And writers have been increasingly called to discuss the changing landscape of the crime TV genre, one of the most popular TV show genres. Our goal is to provide people both inside and outside the industry with a framework for assessing where the genre stands today and how it can evolve more quickly and more responsibly.

    Keynote Speaker

    Patrisse Cullors

    PatrissCullors is a New York Times bestselling author, educator,  artist, and abolitionist from Los Angeles, CA. Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Patrisse has been on the frontlines of abolitionist organizing for 20 years. Since she began the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, it has expanded into a global foundation supporting Black-led movements in the US, UK,and Canada, and has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. The significance of the Black Lives Matter movement has been recognized by The New York Times as the “largest movement in US history.” TIME 100 also named Patrisse as one of the 100 most influential people in 2020. Patrisse has led multiple Los Angeles-based organizations, including Dignity and Power Now, Justice LA, and Reform LA Jails. These organizations have won progressive ballot measures, fought against a $3.5 billion jail plan, and implemented the first-ever Civilian Oversight Commission of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. 

    Patrisse is also the faculty director of Arizona’s Prescott College, a new Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA program, which she developed nesting a curriculum focused on the intersection of art, social justice, and community organizing that is the first of its kind in the nation. As an outspoken abolitionist and artist, Patrisse combined these two passions in early February 2020 when she teamed up with Noé Olivas and Alexandre Dorriz to serve as co-founder of the Crenshaw Dairy Mart, a reimagined art gallery and studio dedicated to shifting the trauma-induced conditions of poverty and economic injustice, bridging cultural work and advocacy, and investigating ancestries through the lens of Inglewood and its community. Not stopping there, Patrisse is also a former staff writer on Freeform’s Good Trouble series as well as an actress on the show. She also co-produced the 12-part YouTube Originals series titled RESIST, which premiered November 18, 2020. In 2020, Patrisse signed an overall production deal with Warner Brothers, where she intends to continue to uplift Black stories, talent, and creators that are transforming the world of art and culture. Photo credit: Ryan Pfluger


    Panelists

    Jane Dorotik is an R.N. and healthcare professional who worked for many years in Community Mental Health Administration. She had been incarcerated for 20 years on a wrongful conviction and, thanks to the amazing work by Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent, her conviction was overturned in July 2020.

    She is a member of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP), a current member of the Board of Directors of Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), and a former board member of Justice Now. She also founded Compassionate Companions, an organization within CIW that provides kindness and compassion to any incarcerated woman experiencing any catastrophic emotional event, and provides vigils and care for terminally ill incarcerated women. She founded and published for eight years the CIW newsletter, Strive High.

    She advocates for prison abolition as well as dignity and compassion for all incarcerated individuals.


    LaNaisha Edwards is the Lead Chapter Coordinator for Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice and co-chair for the Los Angeles District Attorney Office Crime Victims Advisory Board. Her work is formed through her lived experience. After the murders of her young brothers in 2010 and 2016, LaNaisha started her journey to healing by turning her pain into power. Working with organizations across California and supporting programs that focus on reducing community and gang violence. She has worked with Los Angeles Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD) program and Urban Peace Institute where she is a violence interruption training facilitators. LaNaisha is a consultant for the Office of Violence Prevention, and the Co-Founding Director of United Communities for Peace. Edwards received a BA in Human Service with a minor in Public Administration from California State University and is currently earning a Master Certificate in Restore Justice at Vermont Law school.


    Amity PayeAmity Paye is Interim Director of Storytelling & Marketing and the Senior Director of Communications at Color Of Change. She oversees the organization's media strategy and partnerships to make Color Of Change a household name and build their brand. She uses media coverage to drive some of the organization’s most important victories on tech, changing Hollywood, and criminal justice reform. She was pivotal in the #StopHateForProfit campaign, where Color Of Change convinced more than 100 corporations to pull $7B in advertising from Facebook for its failure to reign in racist propaganda. Her team runs The Black Response, a resource site with calls to action, resources, and interviews to help Black people stay safe through the pandemic.

    Since joining the organization in early 2020, Amity has tripled Color Of Change’s press reach. and has been instrumental in holding corporations to their pledges to support Black lives after the murders of George Floyd, Breyonna Taylor and so many others.

    Before joining Color Of Change, she led strategic communications for the Black Youth Project and the labor union 32BJ SEIU and spent a decade as a journalist reporting on Black youth and social justice for The Nation, NBC, The Root, Jet Magazine and the Amsterdam News. Amity serves on the board of Samara Collective, a women-led communications coop. She is a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She currently lives in upstate New York on land she and her husband are turning into a communal gardening and artist space.


    Alexis Wilkinson is a Wisconsin-born writer who specializes in humor, copy, video and film. She's written award-winning television, pieces for national magazines, and created content for multiple brands. Her TV credits include: Brooklyn Nine Nine and Veep, among others. She graduated from Harvard College in 2015 with a degree in economics and a secondary in psychology. During her time there, she was the first black female President of the Harvard Lampoon

     


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  • 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

    Virtually join other performing arts and entertainment industry professionals from across the country to discuss the ups and downs of navigating and working in the industry. This 6-week group is a way to connect with others in the community and reflect on participating in this unique, dynamic and challenging industry. This supportive space will allow you to share and listen with others going through similar experiences and give you a chance to build community and discuss coping strategies. 

    Please note that this is not a psychotherapy group and does not provide mental health treatment. If you are in need of mental health support, please reach out to The Actors Fund: actorsfund.org/MentalHealth

    This group is open to performing arts and entertainment professionals currently residing in the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. 

    Recurrence: The Entertainment Support Group meets Thursdays from 11 am-12:30pmPST /2 pm–3:30 pm ET starting September 23.

    More info HERE

  • Harvardwood Heads To... How to Job Search During a Pandemic, Part 1

    Tuesday, November 02, 2021 at 10:00 AM - PDT

    10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

    Are you interested in learning how to navigate your job search during a pandemic? Do you need to discuss challenges the pandemic has burdened you with as a job seeker? If so, you're in the right place! 

    In How to Job Search During a Pandemic, Part 1 you will: 

    • Review important points to consider before initiating a job search amid these unprecedented times 
    • Discuss areas where you should be focusing your energy and how to manage your time  
    • Take a deeper dive into prioritizing your wants and needs

    Please Note: This workshop series is not sequential. Participants can take Parts 1 and 2 in any order. For more information on Part 2, click here. 

    More info HERE.

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