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Owning It

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About Owning It

Owning It, a program of The Gotham Film & Media Institute (formerly IFP), is dedicated to supporting, connecting, and empowering women and non-binary creators and entrepreneurs who break down boundaries in the media and entertainment industry.

The program consists of monthly fireside chats, an annual summit, a mentorship initiative with WE NYC, workshops and more. Past guests include Riva Marker (Nine Stories Productions) Lydia Dean Pilcher (Cutie and the Boxer), Veena Sud (The Stranger), and Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne (WOC Star Fund).

Owning It provides an inclusive environment that expands and expresses a liberated movement for women and non-binary individuals as well as those that are our champions, advocates and allies.

Upcoming Programs

Owning It hosts accountability challenges to support women and nonbinary creators and entrepreneurs as they complete their websites, pitch decks and more. By providing opportunities to connect with others, hear feedback from industry leaders, and mentorship participants walk away with the next steps needed to continue to grow their projects and careers. The next Owning It Accountability Challenge will launch in Summer of 2021.

Learn more about our partnership with eMinutes Arts and their involvement in the Accountability Challenge here.

Continue to check the Gotham Website for upcoming events.

Recent Virtual Fireside Chats

Owning It Virtual Fireside Chat with Julie Delpy – All Roles Lead to You: How to Navigate Acting, Writing and Directing Your Own Work

Owning It Virtual Fireside Chat with Kisha Imani-Cameron – Breaking Down Imposter Syndrome to Set and Accomplish Your Goals

Owning It Virtual Fireside Chat with Alice Wu – Overcoming Writers Black to Create Authentic Stories on Screen

Owning It Supporters


For more information on the Owning It program, upcoming events, or to be added to the Owning It newsletter please contact Kia Brooks at [email protected], Deputy Director of The Gotham.