Tilda Del Toro

Tilda Del Toro is an actress, producer and writer of Peruvian & Puerto Rican descent, was born and raised in Chicago. She was cast in the original Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of “House On Mango Street” and has trained with Second City and The University of Chicago Moscow Art Theatre program. She studied Modern Dance at Columbia and English at Northwestern University. Del Toro has appeared on LIFE (NBC) with Damian Lewis, THE TONIGHT SHOW, TAKE IT FROM US by executive producer Greg Malins, and several shows for the Telemundo network. Tilda can also be seen in the Warner Bros. dramedy, OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, starring Sandra Bullock and produced by George Clooney. Tilda is in pre-production for the feature film JULIA, which she wrote and will produce under her TILDA DEL TORO ENTERTAINMENT banner. She is currently a member of Studio 4 created by James Franco.


Adaora Udoji

In all guises, Adaora Udoji is a storyteller living at the intersection of technology and the stories.  She’s had many seat at the table from broadcast producer, correspondent/anchor, media strategist and investors, working in venture capital.

She’s currently producing VR/AR experiences and teaching storytelling at New York University. In a former life, she was an an award winning broadcast journalist working across across platforms: television, cable, radio and the internet at television networks, public radio and digital native outlets including: ABC News, CNN, and public radio among others.  She has been recognized for her contributions to CNN’s 2005 Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University and Peabody Awards; and by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for reporting at ABC News.  Essence Magazine named her among the 25 most influential African-Americans.

Udoji is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the UCLA School of Law, and a global nomad having lived or worked in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Adaora holds dual citizenship in the United States and Ireland.


Minoti Vaishnav

Minoti Vaishnav is the founder of Prophecy Girl Films and the President of the Alliance for Women in Media Southern California. She is currently working with author Vanta M. Black to adapt the horror novel Oubliette: A Forgotten Little Place into a TV Show. Minoti has worked in script development on several produced independent films and television pilots, and has won several awards for her screenplays and teleplays. She has screenwriting degrees and certificates from California State University Northridge and the University of Southern California. She was also a finalist in the 2016 CBS Writers Mentoring Program.


Jackie Varriano

Jackie Varriano is a Seattle-based food writer and editor for Zagat.com and Seattle Met Bride & Groom. Varriano’s work has appeared in Eating Well, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, Lucky Peach, Serious Eats and a YMCA summer camp newspaper circa 1990 among many others.


Pat Verducci

Pat Verducci has written screenplays for Touchstone Pictures, Witt-Thomas Productions, and Disney’s animation division. She has also worked as a story consultant for Disney/Pixar.

She wrote and directed the feature film True Crime, and her writing credits also include documentary shorts for HBO and Showtime. She co-produced Somewhere Between, a feature documentary about four teenaged girls transracially adopted from China, which won the Hot Docs Audience Award, and was chosen to be part of Sundance’s Film Forward Program to advance cultural dialogue.

As a writing coach, story consultant, and script editor, Pat works with New York Times bestselling authors, professional screenwriters, and beginners of all stripes on their books and screenplays. She is currently the script editor (development executive) on several feature film projects for Australia’s Film Victoria.

Pat serves as a mentor for CINESTORY, and the Meryl Streep funded IRIS/New York Women in Film and Television’s Writer’s Lab For Women. She’s also worked as a volunteer teacher for InsideOUT Writers– a non-profit that runs creative writing workshops for incarcerated youth inside Los Angeles County’s juvenile halls.
Pat is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, and teaches screenwriting in UCLA Extension’s Creative Writing Program. She writes a weekly blog on writing craft and inspiration at patverducci.com.


Andrea Volpe

Andrea Volpe is a writer, editor, and historian in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her work has been published the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, The Awl, The Rumpus, Mosaic Science, and the Atlantic, among others.


Amina Waheed

Amina Waheed is a filmmaker and journalist based out of Los Angeles. She is currently a Senior Producer with the Fusion Media Group, where she creates digital news videos. Previously, she worked on productions for Al-Jazeera International’s investigative unit, the PBS series FRONTLINE, and a range of independent films in the U.S. and the Middle East. Amina is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.


Sarai Walker

Sarai Walker, Ph.D., is author of the novel DIETLAND, which is being adapted for TV. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian. She previously worked as an editor and writer for OUR BODIES, OURSELVES.
Photo credit: Marion Ettlinger

Brooke Warner

Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Green-light Your Book, and four other books on writing. Brooke’s expertise is in traditional and new publishing. She is the former Executive Editor of Seal Press and currently sits on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Bay Area Book Festival, and the National Association of Memoir Writers.  She writes a monthly column for Publishers Weekly and blogs actively on Huffington Post Books and SheWrites.com. She lives and works in Berkeley, California.



Julie Westfall

Julie Westfall is the deputy politics editor at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she led real-time news at The Times. She has also worked in breaking-news editing roles at Digital First Media in New York City, NPR-affiliate KPCC in Los Angeles, and the regional news startup TBD.com in Washington, D.C. She grew up in Florida and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali.