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Tue, Jan 10



WIP January 2023 Soiree

Topic - New Year, New Light!! Host - Adetoro Makinde Join this fantastic group of women to document our goals as we look ahead and use this soiree to celebrate our wins and lessons learned, and set the path for 2023.

WIP January 2023 Soiree
WIP January 2023 Soiree

Time & Location

Jan 10, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST


About The Event

Join this virtual discussion on New Year, New Light!! hosted by Adetoro Makinde

"Our visions, begin with our desires"  ~ Audre Lorde

To align with the start of a new year, it's time to be intentional about what we want, what we need, what's working for us and what's not. To empower that intention, let's make the time to document our goals as we look ahead, and use this soiree to hold each other accountable. We'll be celebrating our wins and lessons learned from our challenges and mistakes. Let's set out a path you want to walk on, and support each other with the boost to fully take charge and soar upward and onward.

To prepare for this inspiring soiree, we'll be guided by YearCompass, a free booklet that helps you reflect on the year and plan the next one. With a set of carefully selected questions and exercises, YearCompass helps you uncover your own patterns and design the ideal year for yourself. Please visit the website at to download your preferred free booklet type which can be a fillable PDF or a printed sheet for you to write on directly.

About the Host:

A first-generation Nigerian-American, Adetoro Makinde is an award-winning filmmaker, and proud graduate of Georgetown University and the famed Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She launched her production company Backdoor Films, and its social impact subsidiary Hyphenate Africa, having produced and/or directed multiple film premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. Her portfolio of diverse projects spans from Golden Globe nominated (THE TALE) to social impact-focused narratives (THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND) and documentaries (STRUGGLE: THE LIFE AND LOST ART OF SZUKALSKI) with HBO, Participant Media, Netflix and Leonardo DiCaprio respectively. Among her current diverse slate of projects includes a Hurricane Katrina biopic, THE AMERICAN CAN based on her original script, and an experimental documentary short on ableism and racial justice, IN THE WAKE OF MOURNING. She is the Program Director of the USC School of Cinematic Artis | Netflix Africa Partnership Program.

Among her numerous honors, Adetoro is a recipient of fellowships from Film Independent Project Involve, Facebook SEEN, Blackhouse Multicultural Producers, Made in NY, Kodak Sundance Filmmaker and grants from NY Foundation for the Arts, City of New York Mayor Office, Ford Foundation, IFP | NYSCA, and HBO Corporate and Social Responsibility. She is the former Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Film Fatales, and is the current President and Co-Founder of Women Independent Producers. For Women History Month 2022, IMDBPro selected Adetoro Makinde as “Female Producer To Watch" in the indie genre.

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