Fareeha Molvi

Fareeha Molvi is a freelance writer and author based in Los Angeles where she has written for Racked, Glamour, The Cut and Huffington Post. She has also worked in branding and marketing for various fashion labels including BCBGMAXAZRIA, Tadashi Shoji and Christian Dior. Her writings navigate the intersections of being American and Muslim, faith and fashion. Fareeha has been quoted as a source on Muslims and fashion by the New York Times, CBC Radio and Inc.


Lindsay Nahmiache

Recognized as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women (2013) in the Financial Post, a 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year and PROFIT and Canadian Business W100: Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs (2016), Lindsay helps companies increase customer engagement through market positioning and measurable communications strategies. As co-founder of Jive PR + Digital, an award-winning public relations agency in Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto, Lindsay and her team are known for their ability to break through the communications clutter and craft a brand story that resonates with their clients’ target audience. An ambitious entrepreneur, Lindsay returned to Canada to start Jive after six years working abroad for E! Entertainment in London, UK and Contiloe Films in Mumbai, India (a.k.a. Bollywood).

With over 13 years of integrated communications experience, Lindsay works with a variety of iconic and aspiring iconic brands including Virgin Radio, Granville Island Brewing, Juan Valdez Coffee, eOne Films and the National Film Board of Canada among others.

She is an adviser for UBC (University of British Columbia) on course curriculum for Digital Communications, a mentor for FWE (Forum for Women Entrepreneurs), and co-founder of the not-for-profit Projecting Change Film Festival.


Amy Nicholson

Amy Nicholson is the chief film critic for MTV News. She is the co-host of the Earwolf podcast “The Canon” and host of the MTV podcast “Skillset.” Her interests include hot dogs, standard poodles and comedies about the utter futility of existence, and her first book, Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor was recently published by Cahiers du Cinema.


Zahra Noorbakhsh

Zahra Noorbakhsh is a Feminist Muslim, Iranian-American comedian and cohost of the award winning podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. The podcast was deemed a “must listen” by Oprah Magazine and recorded an episode at the White House. Noorbakhsh is also a solo performance artist and storyteller. The New Yorker Magazine dubbed her one-woman show “All Atheists Are Muslim,” a highlight of the International New York City Fringe Theater Festival. Noorbakhsh is also a contributor to the NY Times Featured anthology, “Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women,” and keeps a monthly column, entitled, “My Infidel Husband.”


Katrina O’Gilvie

Katrina O’Gilvie, formerly known as Katrina Andrews, is the writer of BEHIND THE MOVEMENT – The Rosa Parks Story for TV One and a coverage writer for individual clients as well as for HBO. She worked in feature development at IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT and then as Aaron Sorkin’s assistant on SPORTS NIGHT. She has also published a novel, written a pregnancy book, and was a feature writer for LA Parent Magazine.


Molly Peterson

Molly Peterson is a freelance reporter in Los Angeles who covers climate change and disaster risk. For eight years she was the environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio. Before that, she lived and worked in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. She has worked for NPR in Culver City and in Washington, DC. Most recently, she worked with ISeeChange, a NASA-funded crowdsourced climate journal.


Claudia Puig

Claudia Puig is president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and a movie critic for NPR’s Film Week and The Wrap. She is also program director for the Mendocino Film Festival.  She was USA Today’s film critic for 18 years and host of USA Today’s video series The Screening Room. Prior to that she was a staff writer for 11 years at the Los Angeles Times. Claudia has also been a speechwriter and diversity consultant for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and consulting program director at the Napa Valley Film Festival.


Jen Richards

Jen Richards is a writer & actress, as well as a consultant & advocate who works with national organizations and media projects. She is the co-writer/star/producer of the Emmy nominated and Gotham award winning series Her Story; co-producer of the upcoming docu-series More Than T and writer of its accompanying Trans 102 series; a 2016 Outfest Screenwriting Fellow for her feature script Any Given Week; and will be appearing in several upcoming projects, including CMT’s Nashville and CBS’s Doubt. Jen was a series regular on E!’s I Am Cait, featured in Logo’s Beautiful As I Want To Be and AOL’s True Trans with Laura Jane Grace, and has appeared in several videos for BuzzFeed, OWN, and After Ellen. She has published essays on multiple platforms, and wrote the 2015 Sep/Oct cover story “What Trans Movement?” for The Advocate. Prior to her transition, Jen Richards had a successful career in nonprofit and arts management, received her BA in Philosophy from Shimer College, studied at Oxford University and in Kyoto, Japan, participated in Outward Bound, was active in theater, and published articles, lectured, and led workshops on a variety of topics across the country.


Lilliam Rivera

Lilliam Rivera is the author of the young adult novel, The Education of Margot Sanchez (Simon & Schuster, February 2017) and was named a “2017 Face to Watch” by the Los Angeles Times. Her work has appeared in Los Angeles TimesUSA Today, and Latina, among others. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles with her family.


Ellie Robins

Ellie Robins grew up in southeast London and worked as an editor for ten years at Hesperus Press in London, Time Out Buenos Aires (in, uh, Buenos Aires), and Melville House Publishing in Brooklyn. She’s been lucky enough to work on great books, from New York Times bestsellers to cult classics.

Now living in Los Angeles, she writes about the environment and literature, and has a series at the Los Angeles Review of Books called “Construction Sites of Los Angeles.” She also translates from Spanish — recently, A History of Money, a novel by the Argentine writer Alan Pauls (Melville House, 2015).