*Disrupting Balance Statement: *
I am Disrupting Balance by helping create more equitable representation in film and media. And by encouraging and supporting people of color to tell our own stories.
Julie Young is an attorney turned non-profit executive, producer, writer, speaker and facilitator. Adopted at the age of three from Korea by an Italian and Irish-American family, she grew up in upstate New York. She moved to New York City to attend Fordham University where she earned a degree in Psychology.
Julie is a frequent speaker and facilitator on topics related to representation in the media, race, identity, diversity, inclusion and adoption. Past speaking engagements have included Harvard Law School, The Made In Brooklyn Summit, Asian American International Film Festival 40th Anniversary and Mazars, amongst many others.
Julie is the Founder of DreamMaker DreamDoer DreamSupporter, inc. (DreamMaker3D) a non-profit company that provides resources, connections and inspiration for creatives. Signature programs of DreamMaker3D include the TIDE Film Festival, a festival that highlights movies written, produced or directed by people of color and The Phenomenal Girls Club, which fosters learning, leadership and friendship for girls of color. She is the creator, producer and host of the web series Not Your Average for KoreanAmericanstory.org. Julie is the founder, co-creator, former co-producer and current advisor to $6.99 Per Pound Podcast.
Julie served for almost ten years as the founding and immediate past Board Chair for KoreanAmericanStory.org and as an advisory Board member of Nazdeek, a human rights and legal training organization. She holds a degree in Psychology from Fordham University and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
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Hanifa Barnes, JD MBA is a recovering work/life balancer finding harmony in the imbalance of work, well-being & the in between. Once a former professional actor, the education executive, budding entrepreneur, wife and mother of four is often holding space for the parts that make her whole.
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