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Program Overview

ALL strengthens the media & entertainment community by supporting and highlighting career pathways and creating opportunities for contributions by and visibility for underrepresented groups. ALL will drive HPA-led initiatives for outreach, education, and networking, and partner with advocacy and identity based entities and leading industry organizations toward the benefit of our industry as a whole.

Ongoing Programming:

  • Symposiums throughout the year to share best practices and research
  • Hosted events to cultivate a diverse industry pipeline
  • Promoted content on HPA channels

HPA celebrated the launch of HPA ALL in 2021 with a week of programming and connection focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion. View recorded content from speakers from WETA Digital, Dell Technologies, WarnerMedia, Exceptional Minds, League Award winners Annie Chang, Tammy Garnes, Patricia Keighley, Charles D. King, and Iris Wu, as well as panels on neurodivergence, bias in AI and ML, and more.

Watch the 2021 HPA ALL IN program below

Inclusive Leadership & Community

Servant leaders, inclusion, allies, collaboration, and a more inclusive workplace and industry. Our impacts as individuals and organizations. HPA is proud to present an invaluable series with a compelling thought leader, Rajkumari Neogy.

Rajkumari Neogy: Understanding Humans@Work
Come explore the brain’s circuity of emotion and motivation and, how it directly shapes our leadership styles and our levels of engagement from meeting to meeting in this 45-minute introductory session, with 15 Q&A at the end.

Commitment to Action: Profiles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs
An important conversation with HPA partners about current and future DEI initiatives.

Core Conversation with the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity
Exploring Netflix’s commitment to equitable representation behind and in-front of the camera with Tiffany Burrell-Lewis, Creative Talent Development and Christopher Mack, Director | Grow Creative.

Bridging the Gender Gap

How can we be more inclusive to all genders? Discussions facilitated by several female leaders examine where we need to focus on corporate and technical levels.

HPA Women in Post Hosted Discussion
Join WiP founders Kari Grubin and Loren Nielsen and fellow female leaders as we discuss bridging the gender gap.

Core Conversation with Samata Narra (Senior Vice President of Enterprise Inclusion, WarnerMedia)
Join us as we discuss her journey and the inflection points of content creation, technology, gender and ethnicity inclusion with industry leader Samata Narra.

SMPTE Panel: Bias & Ethics in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
An exploration of the influence of human bias on machine learning and modeling. What are the effects? How can data be used to remove bias? Is it possible to have a completely unbiased model that would lead to a truly unbiased and ethical artificial intelligence environment? What are the ethical dangers and how can we mitigate within the media and entertainment space? Panelists include Poppy Crum (Chief Scientist, Dolby), Nicole Thrakulchavee (Digital Delivery Coordinator, Company 3), and Dr. Haile Owusu (SVP of Analytics, Decisions and Data Sciences, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.); moderated by Renard Jenkins (Vice President of Content Transmission & Production Technology, WarnerMedia).

The Next Generation

How do we create a more equitable future for the next generation, including neurodiverse people?

HPA YEP Hosted Discussion
Join members and graduates of the HPA Young Entertainment Professionals program as they discuss diversity and the future state of the industry.

Core Conversation with David Siegel (Executive Director, Exceptional Minds) and Camille Proctor (Founder, Color of Autism)
A discussion of the organizations’ work around neurodiversity and ways to provide a pathway to careers in the Media and Entertainment field.

HPA Young Entertainment Professionals: A YEP Perspective on DEI
Vignettes from our current Young Entertainment Professionals class and what diversity, equity, and inclusion means to them

Celebrating Role Models

We celebrate some amazing people in media and entertainment who bring diversity of thought and inclusion to a broader audience.

Core Conversation with Chris White (Visual Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital)
VFX Supervisor Chris White, shares his career journey and the importance of having diverse voices and talent to create worlds that “represent all of us.”

The HPA League Honors
Recognizing diverse members of the HPA community who shine as examples of innovation and leadership

DEI Resources

Exceptional Minds

Exceptional Minds, founded in 2011, is a nonprofit digital arts academy and post production studio preparing artists on the autism spectrum for careers in the entertainment industry. Exceptional Minds empowers young people with autism to achieve their full artistic and professional potential, leading to a more inclusive pipeline of artists into industry employment. Graduates work full-time for studios including Disney, ViacomCBS, and WarnerMedia. Exceptional Minds’ professional studio employs graduates who work on projects for Disney, Marvel, ILM, Netflix, Amazon, Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount, Sesame Workshop, and many others.

Sizzle What is Your Superpower? Interview with Jimmy Kimmel Fact Sheet

Xperi Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Diversity & Inclusion Council
Xperi is steadfast in its support and commitment to non-discrimination; embracing diversity and inclusion through its four Employee Resource Groups (ERGs): PRIDE, Women in Tech (WiT), Mahogany (MaX), and Veteran’s at Xperi (VaX).   In June 2020, this consortium of Xperi ERGs was formed with the intent to promote engagement with the broader Xperi population. Xperi ERG leads and allies comprised the membership of this task force and in the last few months they executed on several initiatives, including:

  • Chartered our fourth ERG, Mahogany at Xperi (MaX) to support Xperi Black employees
  • Signed the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Coalition in support of the Equality Act
  • Sponsored Frameline44, an international LGBTQ+ film festival
  • Funded a POINT Foundation National LGBTQ Scholarship
  • Provided brown bag discussions and trainings on topics such as overcoming biases, managing change, inclusion, etc.
  • Collectively identified D&I objectives and deliverables for the newly formed Diversity & Inclusion Council at Xperi
  • Xperi’s Diversity & Inclusion Council serves as a conduit to executive leadership to ensure corporate-wide visibility, alignment and support

Women in Tech @ Xperi
Supports women in their professional development through networking, education, and leadership opportunities with the goal to elevate women within the company and throughout the industry. WiT events and activities include workshops, executive spotlights, fundraising, mentorship, and more.

Pride @ Xperi
Supports the LGBTQIA+ person and community worldwide and seeks to remedy inequities in sexual orientation and gender through ongoing evaluation of policy, benefits, and other initiatives domestically and abroad. PRIDE also partners with various LGBTQIA+ organizations for international film festivals, galas, and grassroots queer non-profit engagements to amplify queer voices and demonstrate Xperi leadership in non-discrimination.

Mahogany @ Xperi
Supports and serves Black employees in the Xperi community by identifying and addressing unique needs in the workplace, supporting improvement in employee development/promotion opportunities, and benefits and policy creation. Helps to create and promote initiatives to ensure equality and belonging.

Veterans @ Xperi
Celebrates and recognizes the contributions, sacrifices, and service of Xperi Veterans who have served in the Armed services, regardless of country. VaX also promotes continuation of the legacy of service by contributing to our communities and veterans’ families. We support the transition of veterans as they enter careers with Xperi through mentorship and camaraderie.

Xperi ERGs are open to all domestic and international employees. As such, employees are encouraged to join in our efforts to educate and celebrate our shared responsibility to promote inclusion, belonging and accountability. If employees do not identify as part of the community of any specific ERG, we encourage them to consider joining as an ally of that community, as allies help drive the success of ERG efforts.

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