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TXXP Gives Back: Power of Philanthropy

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Creative Visions Foundation

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Join us at the Creative Visions Foundation in Malibu for First Mondays with The XX Project Gives Back featuring Creative Visions founder and philanthropist Kathy Eldon, Roc Nation's Philanthropy Executive Towalame Austin, The XX Fund's Susan Genco, Jana Babatunde-Bey, president of the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation,and Brit Gilmore, president of The Giving Keys!


KATHY ELDON of Creative Visions

Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a graduate of Wellesley College, Kathy has worked as a teacher, journalist, author and film and television producer in England, Africa and the United States. In 1997, Kathy launched Creative Visions Foundation, a global organization that supports "creative activists" who use their creative talents to change the world around them. CV was inspired by the life of Kathy's son, Dan Eldon - artist, adventurer and activist - killed in 1993 while on assignment for Reuters News Agency in Somalia.

Since 2004, CV has acted as an incubator, academy and agency for more than 200 projects and productions by artists, filmmakers, playwrights, leaders of social movements on five continents who use media and the arts as vehicles of social change, impacting over 100 million people.

Kathy is also the founder of Creative Visions Productions, which has produced award-winning films including Dying to Tell the Story, a TBS special about the front line correspondents hosted by Kathy's daughter Amy Eldon Turteltaub; Soldiers of Peace, a Children's Crusade, a CNN film profiling the Children's Peace Movement in Colombia, and Global Tribe, a cutting edge PBS series hosted by Amy featuring grass-roots creative activists. One "Global Tribe," an interactive website, inspired the development of Rock Your World, a common core curriculum that engages middle and high school students in local and global issues. Together with Julia Roberts, she exec-produced Extraordinary Moms, a special for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) about the power of mothers to transform the world that featured then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rosie O'Donnell and Christiane Amanpour. After many years of development, The Journey is the Destination, a feature film about Dan, directed by Bronwen Hughes (Harriet the Spy, Forces of Nature, Stander) had a gala premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016 and is available on all streaming video on demand platforms (Amazon, iTunes).

https://www.creativevisions.org/

TOWALAME AUSTIN of Roc Nation

Towalame Austin is a talented executive with over 17 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Ms. Austin has carved a niche in the charitable sector bridging the worlds of traditional philanthropy and entertainment philanthropy. In her current role as Executive of Philanthropy for Roc Nation, she is responsible for the development, implantation, and management of the philanthropic efforts of artists on Roc Nation’s roster. Ms. Austin set up and launched Rihanna’s charity venture, The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF). During her three-year tenure with CLF, she was responsible for overseeing fundraising, organization management, program development, research, and brand synergy analysis. Ms. Austin has since assisted with transitioning a new Executive Director for the organization. Additionally, she supports the philanthropic efforts of several Roc Nation artists working in close collaboration with the executive directors of their organizations.

Ms. Austin began her career in the non-profit sector with the Magic Johnson Foundation Inc., where she served as Director of Corporate Relations and Special Events nationwide, Executive Vice President, and President of the Foundation, respectively. In her first position, she successfully managed the Foundation’s partnerships with donors and corporations and expanded fundraising capacity nationwide. She also produced the organization’s highly visible fundraising events, including “A Midsummer Night’s Magic,” “A Salute to African American Designers,” and the “Zo and Magic 8 Ball Challenge” during the NBA All Star Weekend across the country.

As president, Ms. Austin played a pivotal role in the strategic leadership of one of the nation’s leading charitable organizations. While in this position she managed the daily operations, continued growth and sustainability for the organization by expanding the research base, solidified new partnerships while maintaining long standing supporters, secured millions of dollars in corporate sponsorship, cultivated individual and major donor groups, and coordinated innovative fundraising initiatives. She also played a critical role in establishing and maintaining partnerships with Abbott Laboratories, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Best Buy, American Airlines, Microsoft, California Community Foundation, American Express and Verizon to name a few.

BRIT GILMORE of The Giving Keys

Hailing from Detroit, Brit Gilmore is President of Los Angeles-based The Giving Keys, a Pay It Forward company changing lives with inspirational jewelry through their social impact model. Brit has taken the company from merely three employees to a team exceeding 70 employees since her tenure started in 2012.

Before joining The Giving Keys, Brit had developed a passion for using business to break cycles of poverty and creating jobs for the world’s most vulnerable populations. Alongside this passion, Brit developed a love and appreciation for fashion. She holds degrees in fashion design from an IADT Detroit and apparel industry management from FIDM, and has worked in the fashion industry since she was 18 years old in roles ranging from celebrity wardrobe stylist to apparel designer to E-Commerce Director.

SUSAN GENCO of The XX Fund

After graduating from Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, Susan embarked on an adventurous career in the music and media business culminating in her current position as Executive Vice President of Global Music Rights, the performing rights organization founded by Irving Azoff. Susan is also an adjunct professor at UCLA Law School. In addition to being Co-Chair of the XX Fund, Susan serves on the MusiCares Board; is a member of the Wellesley Business Leadership Council; an Executive Committee member for the USO Entertainment Advisory Council; and Executive Committee and Advisory Board of Entertainment Law Initiative. She is married to Mitch Kamin and they share three amazing children.

JANA BABATUNDE-BEY of the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation

Jana Babatunde-Bey is a veteran media industry executive, brand manager, and legacy builder. Mrs. Babatunde-Bey serves as President of the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation (WJSFF), a private non-profit that supports charities in the areas of education, health, empowerment, and sustainability. Most recently, Mrs. Babatunde-Bey created and launched the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation Careers In Entertainment Initiative offering access and opportunity to aspirational youth interested in a career in the entertainment industry through networking, mentorship and internship opportunities. The scope of Mrs. Babatunde-Bey’s executive leadership and influence spans all aspects of the Smith global brand verticals. For over two decades, Mrs. Babatunde-Bey has played an integral part in building Overbrook Entertainment – serving as the Chief Operating Officer. She also serves as Chief Strategic Advisor for the Smith Family Office. Mrs. Babatunde-Bey grew up in Inglewood, California and is a graduate of UCLA and earned her MBA from Pepperdine University. She is the proud mother of five children and devoted wife of twenty-five years.

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