Washington, DC

April 26th 2017

Silver Spring, MD

April 26, 2017

On Thursday, April 26, 2017, Jada Pinkett Smith hosted over 500 students from the Washington, DC metropolitan area at the second CIE Tour. Comedian Gary Owen engaged the audience with humor while panelists shared insights, anecdotes and advice. Omarion, King Bach, Hannah Beachler, Van Jones and all of the CIE panelists inspired attendees with precious “jewels” of wisdom to help students navigate their careers in entertainment.

Afterwards, students met with leaders from various aspects of the entertainment industry at Discovery Communications. From post-production, photography, marketing and talent representation, to the Grammy Association, craft services, animation and even VR, the interactive experience was phenomenal! By the end of the day, students were literally dancing in the halls to DJ Young Music and Host Tony Redz.

The next stop is Chicago, this October!


Moderator Gary Owen
King Bach
Brad Jenkins
Brian Tyree Henry
Ricardo Andrade
Daraiha Greene
Payton Iheme
Jono Oliver
Lisa Williams-Fauntroy
Angie Gates
Hannah Beachler


Check-in begins at the Fillmore (8656 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD). Doors close at 9am, so don’t be late!


By Metro: Take the Red Line to the Silver Spring station, then walk up Colesville Road to The Fillmore

Parking: Use the Wayne Avenue parking garage (921 Wayne Avenue)

Walking from the Wayne Avenue garage: Exit the Wayne Avenue Garage. Turn left on to Ellsworth Drive. Turn right onto Georgia Ave. Cross Colesville Road, the turn right up Colesville Road. The Fillmore will be on your left at #8656.


The morning session kicks off at The Fillmore with opening remarks from very special guests, including Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation and Careers in Entertainment Co-Chair Jada Pinkett-Smith and President Jana Babatunde-Bey, as well as, Discovery Global Head of HR Adria Alpert Romm, followed by two lively panel sessions moderated by comedian Gary Owen.


Consider this a wake up call: your voice is part of a very important story that needs to be heard. Tomorrow’s films, television shows, commercials, web and mobile content will revolve around the human experiences not yet told – experiences that live inside you right now.

So how do you take your personal experience and turn it into a groundbreaking narrative? How do you take the joy, the pain, the love and the growth, and turn it into something that matters? You create… and in the entertainment industry, creation comes through collaboration.

We’ve selected the industry’s most influential creators and crafters to tell you firsthand what it takes to earn your place, how to get there, and the secrets they wish they’d known along the way. This panel is a sincere discussion of how to be a part of the process, no matter what your title is. From writers, directors and producers to editors, managers, guilds and everyone in between, find out the real story behind creating in the media industry.

Panelists include Adam Rodriguez, Brad Jenkins, Hannah Beachler, King Bach, Omarion, and Ricardo Andrade.


Stories only work when people hear them. Promoters and purveyors are the heroes that turn a movie into a blockbuster, or a commercial into a viral success. They’re the hustlers and the movers. They’re the vital connection between entertainment and the public, and the champions who make sure good content doesn’t get overlooked.

It takes a special kind of person to do the job, and regardless where a promoter or purveyor sits on the distribution chain, they have to master “the sell”. Our panel will teach you about the entire ecosystem, from publicists and marketers, to studios, networks and executives. Learn about their dynamic careers and how these driven self-starters made a name for themselves no matter where they came from. You’ll see how an exceptional promoter can rise to the top of the industry and work among Hollywood’s elite.

Panelists include Angie Gates, Daraiha Greene, Lisa Williams-Fauntroy, Payton Iheme, and Robyn Green Arrington.


After a quick lunch break, we’ll all walk the one block to Discovery Communications (One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD).


The Interactive Career Experience offers you the exclusive opportunity to network with industry professionals and with each other. Join one of our informative breakout sessions to learn a topic in-depth. Take a spin around the interactive career experience and talk one-on-one with representatives in marketing, PR, pre-production, production, representation, animation, technology, distribution, broadcast, talent, community organizations, and more. And don’t forget to stop by our Photo Booth and Virtual Reality Bar. You’ve got just two and a half hours to see it all and take charge of your future!


After the event, be on the lookout for our follow-up survey and invitation to apply to join the CIE Network – the next step in landing the job of your dreams. Once you’ve experienced the tour and understand what your career path can look like, we equip you with the connections and education you need to get ahead. As a Network member, take advantage of a carefully curated series of webinars and conference calls led by industry executives and leaders, and begin networking with the right people at the right time.

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