A KILLER initiative for women in creative industries LOOKING to take their careers to the next level.
Tracy Candido, Chief Lady Boss
Tracy Candido founded Lady Boss due to many coffee- and cocktail-fueled conversations with her lady friends about work. A common theme was emerging – we all wanted to get ahead but felt we may die trying. One warm autumn afternoon Lady Boss was conceived, and the rest, as they say, is herstory. She's thrilled to be sharing Lady Boss with you, and can't wait to get down to business.
In addition to laying the Lady Boss groundwork, Tracy is a New York-based creative producer and artist developing experiential and participatory events. Her work includes independent and commercial projects, and clients have included big brands, creative agencies, start-ups, museums and non-profits. Tracy also runs Supper Studio, a food + music event series. She has a few food tattoos, her favorite band is Built to Spill, and her favorite Lady Boss is a tie between Kathleen Hannah and Martha Stewart.
Advisors – Eleanor Whitney
Eleanor Whitney is a Brooklyn-based writer, musician and entrepreneur. She is the Community Outreach Coordinator at Shapeways, a 3D printing service and marketplace. She is dedicated to helping creative people empower themselves to meet their entrepreneurial goals and supporting women to become leaders at all levels. She is the author of Grow: How to take your do it yourself project and passion to the next level and quit your job, a field guide to help creatives achieve success and sustainability on their own terms. Previously she has worked at the Brooklyn Museum, the Rubin Museum and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College.
Advisors – Alicia Jean-Noel
Alicia Jean-Noel is currently the Interim Manager of Adult Programs at the Brooklyn Museum, serving as a 2013-2014 Emerging Leaders of New York Arts fellow as part of the Arts and Business Council of New York, and sits on the Young Professionals Board for Urban Bush Women. As a graduate of Pratt Institute and Edinboro University, Jean-Noel has combined her experience in Arts and Cultural Management and Business Marketing, to nurture independent artists and support the global creative economy.
Alicia has successfully carved out a diverse and well-defined path of her own in arts marketing, cultural management, and creative economy. With an unbridled level of passion, creativity and insight, she finds innovative ways to connect everyday people to arts and culture and serves as the bridge between art, artists and audiences. Alicia’s expertise in community engagement, public programs and arts administration, has afforded her success in multiple arenas of the New York arts community, including museums, universities, performance organizations and professional associations. As a personable and civic minded creative connector, she is able to activate spaces, interpret context, make memorable experiences and leverage local artist talent to enrich communities and enhance institutions.
Alicia is committed in word, thought and deed to inspiring citizens towards cultural awareness and arts integration to strengthen society. Her strengths lie in coalition building, marketing, community curation and business-operational performance improvement. She is a cultural maven, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York.
Advisors – Karina Mangu-Ward
Karina Mangu-Ward is Brooklyn-based artist and arts professional.
Karina is currently the Director of Activating Innovation at EmcArts, where her work fosters a field-wide movement around the importance of innovation and adaptive change in the arts. Prior to joining EmcArts, Karina served as the Associate Producer at HERE, where she managed cutting edge multi-disciplinary projects and produced the documentary series MADE HERE.
As a process facilitator, Karina specializes in helping arts and culture organizations tackle their most pressing complex challenges by developing and testing innovation strategies. Clients include: Girl Scouts of Northern California, Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, Dance/NYC, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and Staten Island Arts.
As an independent filmmaker, Karina's documentary projects use non-fiction media, interactive content, and social networks to spread big ideas. Since 2008, she has produced or directed over 45 shorts films and is now in post-production on her first feature film, Flush, about shit in America.
Karina has an MFA in Theater Management and Producing from Columbia University and an AB from Harvard University.
Advisors - Margaret Raimondi
Margaret Raimondi directs events and programming for Kickstarter in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Prior to coming to Kickstarter, Margaret worked in the art world for nearly fifteen years at institutions including the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Serpentine Gallery, MoMA PS1 and Lehmann Maupin Gallery. Margaret spent the bulk of her career working in Curatorial Affairs for the Museum of Modern Art, where she also co-directed the PopRally event series for four years.
Margaret earned a BA in English and History from the University of California, Berkeley, and a MA in Art History from Hunter College. She has an earnest love of arts, design and creating incredible experiences for all sorts of wonderful people.
Advisors - Chelsea Campbell
Chelsea Campbell is a multi-disciplinary creative director specializing in creating brand experiences at Momentum Worldwide. Her experience, from London to NYC, has touched upon everything from fashion to deodorant to vodka. Sounds like the perfect party mix, eh? Find her work at ChelseaJadeCampbell.com.
Advisors - Sabrina Dridje
Sabrina is the Director of Community Engagement at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. In this capacity she is at the epicenter of membership engagement and the center’s key liaison to the wider network of organizations and businesses at the center of tech and story. Previously, she worked in film sales and distribution for Hanway Films in London before going on to produce and production manage an eclectic mix of creative work. Prior projects include the Open City Documentary Film Festival, an immersive theatrical production, and Alpha-ville, a London based organization dedicated to connecting the fields of art, technology, design and digital culture. She was also one of the producers for the Stellar Network, a group dedicated to connecting creatives throughout London and across disciplines.
Advisors - Elizabeth Koke
Elizabeth Koke is a writer, activist, and cultural organizer based in NYC. She is currently the external relations manager at the Feminist Press at CUNY, a non-profit, independent literary publisher. Previously she has worked with the education and public programs department at the Brooklyn Museum. She is personally and professionally dedicated to work that seeks to shifts the cultural landscape and inspire social change. Elizabeth received her M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University and her B.A. from Smith College.