In an effort to address the current social climate and explore ways we can uphold the third Goal of the Sacred Heart Network of Schools - a social awareness which impels to action - the Alumnae Media Network
at Sacred Heart Greenwich is hosting a virtual panel
focusing on Media for Social Change on Tuesday, June 16, at 7:00 pm
This event is a moderated discussion amongst an array of alumnae thinkers from diverse perspectives in the entertainment, corporate and non-profit media world. The objective of this forum is to serve as a safe space for Sacred Heart students, alumnae, faculty and parents to learn how they can effectively use various media platforms to engage with social justice issues.
Alumnae will share their experiences and the current work they are doing in their fields. At the end, Sacred Heart community members are invited to participate in a Q & A live chat with panelists. Many thanks to Sadé Clacken Joseph '07 for proposing the idea for this panel and her extraordinary work in organizing the event.
Please submit your questions by 5pm EST on Saturday, June 13, 2020.
Meet the Panelists
Olivia Andrews '20 is a recent Sacred Heart graduate. While in the Upper School, Olivia was heavily involved in the filmmaking program and social justice initiatives on campus. In 2018 Olivia pioneered the social justice group “Intersections” at Sacred Heart -- the group uses the spiritual values of Sacred Heart to deepen the dialogue around challenging topics such as the intersections between race, spirituality, and gender equality. Olivia has also been involved with diversity and inclusion with both private and public schools in Greenwich. In 2019 Olivia was chosen to represent Sacred Heart Greenwich at the Sacred Heart Schools Network Dialogue Conference in Chicago. In the fall Olivia will be attending Wesleyan University as a prospective film and art history double major where through film she hopes to continue the often challenging discourse around race in America.
Cailey Cron '09 (they/them) works at the intersection of storytelling, education, and media. They started their career as an oral history facilitator at StoryCorps, before moving to Jordan to teach high-school English and multimedia journalism. Cailey now manages social impact marketing at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street. They have spent the past two years working on the launch of a new Arabic-language Sesame Street for refugee children, and are now working on Sesame’s COVID-19 response and expanded efforts to address racial trauma in the U.S. They are passionate about helping young people (and people of all ages!) envision and create a more equitable world.
Stephanie Giambruno (DeAngelis) '87 is a writer and producer with over 20 years of experience in production at NBC. She currently covers the Southern Region of the US for the TODAY Show. Stephanie began her career as a production coordinator at ABC Network News in special events where she traveled the world covering major news stories with Peter Jennings, David Brinkley and Ted Koppel. Stephanie then spent three years at Good Morning America as an assistant producer before getting her dream job at the TODAY Show at NBC News. At TODAY, Stephanie has worked closely with Katie Couric, chronicling the Olympics in Athens and Beijing, and has worked on features such as "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" Her work with Katie Couric landed her several awards including a Griot Award from the Association of Black Journalists, a National Headliner Award and two Emmy nominations.
Sadé Clacken Joseph '07 is a filmmaker and photographer. She is an awardee of the Ryan Murphy HALF Foundation, DGA John Frankenheimer Fellowship and Inaugural 30 Under 30 Caribbean-American Emerging Leader and Change Maker Award for which she was honored at Obama's White House. Her film Knight was the first narrative film produced by Spotify via their Black Girl Magic platform. Her documentary work on Common’s Hope and Redemption Prison Tour has been featured on VICE, Variety, and Rolling Stone. Her latest film Ponyboi, produced through her production company GapToof Entertainment, premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival where it was named one of the “not to be missed short films” by Forbes and won Best Social Change film at the USC School of Cinematic Art's First Look Festival.
Oanh-Nhi Nguyen '09 has worked as a strategist, digital organizer, and program manager in social justice, women and girls' rights spaces for the past seven years. At the NoVo Foundation, she managed the grantmaking for the Advancing Adolescent Girls' Rights Initiative and managed the launch of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, a $10 million donor collaborative to increase resources for girls of color. She also consulted with POC wellness practitioners to build a retreat center for Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities in Seattle. Currently, Oanh-Nhi is getting certified as a transformational coach and is managing two rapid response COVID-19 funds for non-profits through Grantmakers for Girls of Color and Just Beginnings Collaborative, a collaborative focused on ending child sexual abuse. Outside of work, Oanh-Nhi writes screenplays and loves to run and hike in Washington.
Danielle Prescod '06 is a 15-year veteran of the beauty and fashion industry. She currently serves as the Style Director at BET.com and she has previously worked at InStyle, Elle, Moda Operandi and Teen Vogue. She is a lifelong fashion obsessive who spent her formative years in uniforms at Sacred Heart and relished in the opportunity for self-expression (and attention) that fashion provided. Danielle has always been an avid reader and writer. She primarily dedicates her time to researching how subjects like feminism and social justice intersect with pop culture. She considers a decent amount of bad taste to be healthy. She loves Tik Tok, the arts and staying active. You will probably find her exercising at any hour of the day and on the weekends, she horseback rides. Danielle graduated from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Alessandra Knight '09 (moderator) is a current member of the Sacred Heart Alumnae Board. Prior to the Alumnae Board, Alessandra was a member of the Young Alumnae Council for two years. Sacred Heart shaped her passion for learning and interest in community service. Her career focuses on people and operations primarily within startup industries. In her free time, Alessandra likes reading, running and enjoying Santa Barbara.