At Innovative Artists, we are committed to achieving and upholding a community that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion. We are dedicated to maintaining an environment in which everyone in a protected class is safe including but not limited to race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, genetics, disability, veteran status or age. We believe we are responsible to our family of employees, clients and industry partners to continually educate ourselves and others about bias and equality in the workplace, and beyond. As allies, we vow to use our platform to provide opportunities and uplift the voices and careers of those who have been muted and marginalized.
Through a variety of programs and initiatives, we provide a platform for education, discussion, dialogue, and action. Utilizing speakers, consultants, and leaders in the field, we strive to maximize our ability to work together respectfully and inclusively and on behalf of our clients in a way which emphasizes equality and opportunity.
Our DEI Exchange affords us a quarterly forum in which historic and topical materials are shared for the purpose of reading, viewing, and listening to the issues which challenge us to stay true to our resolve of understanding and improving our relationships and our workplace.
DEI Exchange November 2023
As we draw this year of DEI Exchange meetings to a close, we cannot help but reflect on the stark realities of the world around us. Additionally, it’s disheartening to observe the rising instances of Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in our own communities and all across America. In our final post, we will shift our focus to a topic that has had a profound impact on society and greatly magnified global bigotry: social media. We’ll explore strategies for coping with the challenges presented by the digital landscape, emphasizing how to engage in constructive ways while managing the pitfalls.
Using Social Media in Positive Ways
To Mute or Unfollow? Experts’ Tips for a Mindful Approach to Social Media
The New York Times
Your internet life needs a Feeds Reboot — here’s how to do it
How To Meditate For Beginners
Train for any argument with Harvard’s former debate coach | Bo Seo
How to be happier in 5 steps with zero weird tricks | Laurie Santos
How to handle the ups and downs of social media (with Aparna Nancherla)
How to be a Better Human || TED
8 Ways to deal with Negativity: News, social media, people and reduce stress in your life
DEI Exchange October 2023
What is Health Equity?
Is our healthcare system broken?
Implicit Bias and Its Impact on Palliative Care
Bias In Medicine: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Anatomy of Healthcare | The U.S. Healthcare System Explained
Med School Insiders
Hospital Greed Is Destroying Our Nurses. Here’s Why.
Health care: America vs. the World
Not someone else’s problem: Advocacy on gender inequity in healthcare
How to Fix the Hot Mess of U.S. Healthcare
DEI Exchange September 2023
For Hispanic Heritage Month, the DEI Exchange will be hosting a panel with agent Melisa Spamer and our clients Robin de Jesus & Francisco Ramos to talk about their personal journey and experience in the entertainment industry.
DEI Exchange August 2023
The Six-Sector Solution to the Climate Crisis
UN Environmental Program
UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner: Climate Change
UN Information Materials
The fastest way to slow climate change now | Ilissa Ocko
What One Person Can Do About Climate Change | Ella Lagé
How to Find Joy in Climate Action | Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Climate Change goes to Court
Minneapolis’ Bold Plan To Tackle Racial Inequity And Climate Change
Why are Women more Affected by Climate Change?
The Climate Question
DEI Exchange July 2023
For July the DEI Exchange will be hosting our very own Debbie Haeusler and Gary Gersh who will be speaking to us about unions within the industry and the WGA/ SAG strike.
DEI Exchange June 2023
For June the DEI Council will be hosting meet up events and providing reimbursements towards supporting business in the community that align with this months celebrations.
DEI Exchange May 2023
Asian Pacific Heritage Month
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.
AANHPI MONTH INFO
What to Read for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2023
Are You “AAPI” or “Asian American”? It’s Complicated. | A People’s History of Asian America
ASIAN | How You See Me
The Fallout of a Callout
CIVIC COMMONS: AANHPI Heritage
We Belong Here
DEI Exchange April 2023
‘As We See It’ Is Not a Typical Portrayal of Autism
Neurodivergence in Adulthood: The Case of the Undiagnosed
Children of Color with Autism Face Disparities of Care and Isolation
The World Needs All Kinds of Minds | Temple Grandin
Identity with Clem Bastow
The Neurodivergent Woman
Cast Of “As We See It” Discusses Autism in Adulthood
DEI Exchange March 2023
I Know The Power A Young Girl Carries In Her Heart: The Extraordinary Life Of Malala
He Named Me Malala
This inspiring documentary tells the story of teenager Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban attack in Pakistan to emerge as a global voice for the education rights of children.
Stranger at the Gate
A Marine plans a terrorist attack in a mosque in a small American town. His plan takes an unexpected turn when he comes face to face with the people he is trying to kill, forcing him to confront his own actions.
Malala Yousafzai: What is Your Defining Moment
Oprah’s Super Soul
The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos: Malala on Burnout, Guilt and How to Disagree Better
DEI Exchange February 2023
The Exchange will be hosting a Q & A with client Guy Torry about his documentary Phat Tuesdays!
DEI Exchange January 2023
Revisiting ‘How The Other Half Eats’
Lectures in History Martin Luther King, Jr.
DEI Exchange November 2022
Dr. Renee Smith- Maddox from the USC School of Social work will be joining us again, as we discuss media triggers and ways to cope.
USC School of Social Work
DEI Exchange October 2022
Task Force Speaker Event
Milagros Phillips: Healing Racism from the Inside-Out
DEI Exchange September 2022
READ, WATCH & HEAR
Unidos: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage for a Stronger Nation
DEI Exchange August 2022
White Terrorism Shows ‘Stunning’ Parallels to Islamic State’s Rise
New York Times
How the ‘replacement’ theory went mainstream on the political right
White Terrorism Is as Old as America
New York Times
The Far-Right Is Trying to Blame the Climate Crisis on Immigration
January 6th Investigation
Midday Edition Special: Rooting Out White Supremacy In The U.S. Military
KPBS PUBLIC MEDIA
Erin L. Thompson, “Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America’s Public Monuments” (Norton, 2022)
UNDISTRACTED with Brittany Packnett Cunningham
New Books in African American Studies Podcast
DEI Exchange July 2022
Women of color will be most impacted by the end of Roe, experts say
With Roe v. Wade overturned, disabled people reflect on how it will impact them
Essential Politics: Is it OK to invoke ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at abortion rights protests?
The End of Roe v. Wade — and What Comes Next | Kathryn Kolbert
How the Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade Affects the LGBTQ+ Community
Human Rights Campaign
Capehart and Gerson on the end of Roe v. Wade
Michelle Colón is Living Through The Last Days of Legal Abortion in Mississippi
UNDISTRACTED with Brittany Packnett Cunningham
DEI Exchange June 2022
Juneteenth: What You Need to Know
Imagine a Body: The Second Puberty of Trans Men
The New Yorker
What Is Juneteenth? Here’s Why We Honor the Federal Holiday
Black History Is American History: How Juneteenth Highlights the Necessity of Critical Race Theory and Anti-Racist Teaching
The Educational Trust
The Anatomy of Fashion: Dressing the Body from the Renaissance to Today
by Susan J Vincent (Bloomsbury Press 2009)
The Anatomy of Fashion
The History and Meaning of Juneteenth
New York Times
Questlove: A Celebration of Soul
(in celebration of our NY Juneteenth event, listen to Questlove talk about his film: Summer of Soul)
Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso
Alok Vaid-Menon: The Urgent Need for Compassion
The Man Enough Podcast
DEI Exchange May 2022
LAAPFF Virtual Showcase: HBO APA Visionaries Roundtable Conversation
HBO – YouTube
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Chloé Zhao on Making Oscars History and How She Stayed True to Herself Directing Marvel’s ‘Eternals’
15 Best Podcasts From AAPI Creators to Add to Your List
David Henry Hwang and 20 Years of Asian American Playwriting
The May Lee Show
David Henry Hwang
DEI Exchange April 2022
New York Times
DEI Exchange March 2022
Online Exhibits: Explore our collection of virtual exhibits and learn about trailblazing women, past and present.
National Women’s History Museum
5 Facts About the State of the Gender Pay Gap
US Department of Labor
How COVID-19 Is Setting Working Women Back
At Liberty Podcast
DEI Exchange February 2022
For Black History Month, the DEI Task Force and DEI Exchange want to focus on what has and has not changed in our industry.
THE HARDER THEY FALL | Cast Roundtable Discussion
HARDER THEY FALL
THR Full Comedy Showrunner Roundtable: Judd Apatow, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Kenya Barris & More!
UCLA Diversity Report 2021
UCLA College of Social Sciences
2021 Hollywood Diversity Report: Audiences showed up for diverse films in theaters, online
Hollywood Diversity Report
Stop Saying “Diverse” When You Mean Something Else by Rakshitha Arni Ravishankar
Harvard Business Review
Beyond the Screen: Race and Diversity in Hollywood
Commonwealth Club of California Podcast
Diversity in Casting: Actors and Casting Directors Reflect
The Artist Inclusive Podcast