Check out TV Guide coverage of LCA2.0 NY, hosted by BBDO.
Tari Hartman Squire’s EIN SOF Communications (specializing in disability-inclusive diversity strategic marketing and employment) and Loreen Arbus created and produce the LCA2.0 Collaborative with three objectives:
- Increase employment of people with disabilities in front of, and behind the camera;
- Improve disability portrayals and reduce stigma;
- Advocate for access to media with captions and audio descriptions
The LCA2.0 Collaborative is a collection of multi-dimensional initiatives that weaves and braids established traditional and digital media entities (networks, studios, industry associations, unions, production, internet and cable content creator and providers) with authentic disability and diversity leaders, organizations, film festivals, veterans, accelerated high school and college students, recent graduates and transitioning youth. This combination results in a dynamic disability-inclusive diversity commUNITY.
LCA2.0 creates interconnected strategies and tactics to accomplish our three objectives, including:
Regional LCA2.0 Career Exploration Summits are designed for two target audiences: media employers seeking qualified and creative prospective employees and collaborators; mentors in search of mentees with disabilities; and participants who are aspiring media professionals with disabilities or who are Deaf.
Summits are produced in major media markets like New York, Hollywood, Washington, DC, Chicago and Boston. In 2019, plans include exploratory expansion to the San Francisco Bay Area, Orlando, Minneapolis and Atlanta, and in the future will include a new component of informational webinars online to reach a larger audience. If you are interested in co-hosting or collaborating on a Career Exploration Summit, click here.
Promotion of the Regional Summits is through email, social media and word-of-mouth to disability, arts and media organizations. Prospective participants are asked to complete a brief online application that includes a personal statement, requests for accessibility accommodations and to upload a resume. The LCA2.0 core leadership team then reviews all of the applications to determine who is accepted into the Summit.
The LCA2.0 Career Exploration Summits are specifically designed with interconnected and interactive career entry and trajectory “employment mapping” activities to empower current and aspiring media professionals with disabilities so that civilians and veterans can explore and develop careers in the media.
The hallmark components of each LCA2.0 Career Exploration Summit includes:
- How to Make it in the Media panel discussion with established media professionals with (and without) disabilities;
- One-on-one Resume review, speed interviewing and flash mentoring with media companies, and mentors with disabilities;
- No One Taught Me How to Mentor workshop, created by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition;
- Self-Disclosure: How to Leverage Your Disability to Sharpen Your Competitive Edge workshop, created by PolicyWorks;
- Viewing of LCA2.0 partner film clips, and/or live performances by artists with disabilities, including music and dance.
Building on the success of LCA2.0 regional Career Exploration Summits over several years, media employers, mentors and participants have the opportunity to “opt-in” to become part of the first-ever Disability in Media Mentor-Mentee Talent Opportunity Pipeline with our partner, the National Disability Mentoring Coalition.
To keep improving employment outcomes, and generate new mentor-mentee opportunities, participants, mentors and employer submit a pre-summit and post-summit online survey to get a baseline on awareness, and effectiveness of the Summits.
In addition to the regional Summits, workshops and panels, starting in 2019 we are exploring creation of LCA2.0 Informational webinars on a variety of topics for aspiring media professionals to understand the basics of the media industry.
Here is a sneak preview of some of what we have planned for the balance of 2018 and 2019:
LCA2.0 Regional Career Exploration Summits (check back for announcement of online applications):
October 2018 – Hollywood, in collaboration with ReelAbilities Film Festival Hollywood
April 2019 – New York, in collaboration with ReelAbilities Film Festival NY
Spring 2019 – Hollywood, in collaboration with industry associations.
August 2019 – Chicago, in collaboration with ReelAbilities Film Festival Chicago