Arts & Entertainment Panel
Facilitator: Anne Sweeney
Member of the Board of Directors at Netflix and former President of Disney-ABC Television Group
Anne Sweeney is a member of the Board of Directors at Netflix, the Board of Trustees at the Mayo Clinic, and a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She has repeatedly been named the "Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment" by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune, and one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" by Forbes.
Prior to embarking on a new chapter in the entertainment industry in 2015, she was co-chair of Disney Media Network and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. In 2005, Ms. Sweeney led the industry into the digital era when the Disney/ABC Television Group became the first media company to put television content on new platforms.
From October 2000 to April 2004, Ms. Sweeney served as president of ABC Cable Networks Group and Disney Channels Worldwide. Ms. Sweeney joined The Walt Disney Company in February 1996 as president of Disney Channel and executive vice president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks. From 1993 to 1996, she was chairman and CEO of FX Networks, Inc. Before joining Fox, Ms. Sweeney spent 12 years at Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite in various executive positions.
Active in organizations both within and outside the television industry, Ms. Sweeney currently sits on the boards of AFI, The Fulfillment Fund, and the Board of Visitors for UCLA Anderson. She is a prior board member of the boards of the A&E Television Networks, Hulu, The Paley Center for Media and Special Olympics.
Ms. Sweeney earned a BA degree from The College of New Rochelle and an Ed. M. degree from Harvard University.
Panelist: Brenda Chapman
American Writer, Animation Story Artist and Director
Brenda Chapman started her career as a story artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1987, where she worked on films such as The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, the Oscar nominated Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Fantasia 2000. Chapman was the story supervisor on The Lion King, for which she won the Annie Award.
Chapman then helped launch DreamWorks Animation Studios, where she co-directed the 1998 release of the Oscar winning Prince of Egypt. Chapman was the first woman to direct an animated feature for a major Hollywood studio, for which she won the Movieguide Epiphany and Teddy Awards.
She joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2003 as a senior story artist on Cars. Chapman then created, wrote and directed Brave – inspired by her relationship with her own daughter - for which she won an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.
Other awards include the Novus Creative Catalyst Award, the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival’s Feature Animation Honoree Award and the San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival Achievement Award.
Chapman has helped to develop and consult on films for several studios over many years which include not only Disney, DreamWorks and Pixar, but also Universal, Sony, Lucasfilm and Fox.
Currently, Chapman is writing, directing and producing several projects in different stages of development. She has been engaged to write and direct a Chinese financed/American made feature-animated film – working title Truth for Truth Entertainment and is attached to direct Come Away, a live action film written by Marissa Goodhill. She is also collaborating on a hybrid script, working title The Touch, with her husband, director Kevin Lima (Enchanted, A Goofy Movie, Disney’s Tarzan).
Panelist: Carol Lazier
President, San Diego Opera Board of Directors
Carol’s philanthropic interests are eclectic and countywide although she is best known for spearheading the effort in 2014 that avoided the closure of San Diego Opera. She now serves as President of the Board of this cultural jewel. She is co-founder and President of Solutions: Exploring Success Post-High School, a 501c3 that provides college and career information to San Diego high school students. Carol has served on the boards of the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Museum of Art and Escondido’s Palomar YMCA.
Carol underwrote the Lazier Family Chair for Social Innovation and Impact at UCSD’s Rady School of Management so that the Rady School’s unique combination of rigorous business thinking and entrepreneurial spirit can be put to work addressing the social issues and challenges of today’s world.
In 2015, Carol was named Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and received the Exemplary Leadership Award by San Diego Magazine.
Panelist: Alexia Maria Esquer
Fashion Designer/CEO at Alexia Maria
Born and raised in Mexico, Alexia Maria Esquer is the designer and creative director of Alexia Maria, a high-end womenswear brand based in La Jolla, CA. Alexia Maria designs are made from hand-picked fabrics such as silk faille, duchesse satin and organza. The combination of these fabrics and beautiful silhouettes capture the femininity, true elegance and classic - yet modern - essence of the brand.
Fashion and designing have always been a passion for Alexia. Her sense of style draws inspiration from the 1950s, which is evident in her Alexia Maria designs. After living and studying in New York, she launched her eponymous collection in the spring of 2014 at the young age of 25.
Panelist: Priscilla Guido '00
Client Development at Christie’s Mexico City
Priscilla Guido ‘00 is an avid art lover and entered the world of art via Christie’s auction house in 2011. Her most recent venture with the company has been throuh their Mexico City office, where she is a client liaison between Mexico-based clients and Christie's sales offices around the world including New York, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan and Zurich. She has coordinated exclusive events for high-end clients including collectors, art academics, institutions and art enthusiasts.
Prior to Mexico City, Priscilla was in New York focusing on Latin American art and art transport. She worked on two annual Latin American Art sales which ranged from an average of $15 to $25 million dollars worth of art, including any exhibitions, events, marketing, and client activity around these sales. She also assisted in producing the Latin American Art sale catalogue that is sent to clients worldwide.
After graduating from OLP, Priscilla attended the University of San Diego where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology.
Panelist: Pamela Davis
Segment Producer at KUSI
Pamela Davis has had a long and varied career in the television news business. After completing a summer internship in her hometown of Sacramento, she was hired at the same station to work overnight, reporting news and traffic. She worked her way up to the anchor chair within a couple of years. From there, she moved Midwest to Kansas City to be an evening anchor at an NBC affiliate.
Several years later, an ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. came calling. As the weekend anchor and a general assignment reporter, there was no shortage of stories during Clinton’s presidency – arguably one of the most interesting White House administrations. Her stories appeared regularly on national news outlets, including CNN and the ABC Network.
Enchanted by the beauty and weather of San Diego, she moved west for a position with KFMB Channel 8. Many San Diegans remember her as the co-anchor for the #1 weekend newscast with Don Teague. While at Channel 8, she covered many national stories and was featured as a correspondent on CNN, HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and the CBS news magazine, 48 Hours. In addition to covering top stories, she was part of the team that created the weekly franchise "Adopt 8," featuring children in the foster care system. Over the years, the segment has drawn a huge amount of community support. As a result, hundreds of foster children have been placed into permanent homes.
Pam went from Channel 8 to Denver, Colorado, to anchor Fox 31's Good Day Colorado. In the first year of the newscast, she was recognized by her peers with a nomination for best local anchor. Now back in San Diego, Pam is working behind the camera. She is currently a segment producer at KUSI. She is a proud UCLA Bruin, earning a B.A. in English Literature in addition to a M.A. in Leadership from the University of San Diego.