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This panel will delve into the diverse realms of entertainment, featuring alums who have excelled as writers, editors, podcasters and playwrights.

This engaging session will include: 

✨ Personal Stories: Hear inspiring personal stories from our panelists as they share their own journeys from campus to current careers, and the lessons learned along the way.

✨ Q and A Session: Get the chance to ask your questions directly to our panelists.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the dynamic world of communications and media, and storytelling and creativity with three esteemed alums.

This event will be recorded and made available following the event. 

About the Presenters:

Tracy Gilchrist ’04: Tracy E. Gilchrist (she/her) is VP, Executive Producer for the Advocate Channel. She was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate from March 2020 to August 2022. During her tenure as EIC, she led The Advocate print team to win the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage in 2022 and 2023. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Gilchrist cocreated “The Advocates” podcast in 2017 and the virtual talk show “Inside With the Advocate” in 2020. A go-to moderator, she’s helmed discussions with the casts and directors of “The Favourite,” “Booksmart,” “Euphoria,” “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” “Hightown” and more. In 2019, she hosted the official red-carpet livestream for Showtime’s “The L Word: Generation Q” premiere and SAG-AFTRA’s career retrospective with Jennifer Beals. Gilchrist has delivered her talk, “Pandora’s Box to Pose: Gamechanging LGBTQ+ Visibility in Film and TV,” at universities throughout the country. She was named one of Mount Holyoke College’s alums to watch in 2020 and honored as one of AdWeek’s Pride Stars for 2022. Gilchrist is passionate about giving back to LGBTQ+ people and has participated in AIDS Lifecycle seven times, raising more than $35,000 to help end HIV/AIDS.

Matha Little ’84: Martha Little (she/her)is the CEO and President of LittleMedia, LLC. She is an industry-tested, award-winning creative executive whose vast production and managerial experience, boundless creativity and emotional intelligence make her the perfect collaborator for any project. She has a global reputation as a thought-leader, story doctor, and host whisperer, directing such talent such as Queen Latifah and Martin Sheen. 

She has devoted her life to creating excellent content, whether as an executive for Audible, National Public Radio, American Public Media, WNYC or WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, or guiding productions with production houses such as Wondery, Pushkin Productions, Plan B, Ventureland, James Patterson Entertainment. She has cultivated relationships with the top talent agencies including CAA, WME and UTA and is a two-time winner of the Peabody, The Gracie and the Edward R. Murrow awards. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of The Podcast Academy (TPA). TPA is the host of the Ambie Awards. 

Diana M. Pho ’07: Diana Pho (she/her) is a queer Vietnamese-American independent scholar, playwright and Hugo Award-winning fiction editor. She has more than a decade of experience in traditional, Big Five publishing, including at Tor Books, Tor.com Publishing and the Science Fiction Book Club. Presently, she is executive editor at Erewhon Books, acquiring and editing genre-bending and game-changing fiction. Additionally, she has a double Bachelor’s degree in English and Russian literature from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s in Performance Studies from New York University. Pho’s academic work includes critical analysis of the role of race in fashion, performance and the media, in addition to pieces focusing on fan studies and fan communities.

Accessibility Information:

This event will include an oral and visual presentation about career trajectories of three Mount Holyoke alums. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please email programs_team-g@mtholyoke.edu or call Kate Sawicki at 413-538-2734. Please make accommodation requests 10 business days before the event or sooner in order to allow for implementation time; however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

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