FUTURE NOW Media Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit, whose mission is to build future leaders in the media and entertainment industry. We are a leadership incubator, and we engage, mentor, train and connect college and graduate students and recent graduates to become the best and brightest future leaders in every sector of the media and entertainment industry, including in BUSINESS, CONTENT AND TECHNOLOGY.
Diversity and inclusion are in our DNA and organic to our mission. We believe in providing equal opportunity, exposure and access to advancement for the next generation and future generations of business leaders, technologists, content creators, storytellers, journalists and creative artists. We know that investing in future leaders today will ensure a better future for everyone.
We envision a strong, vibrant, diverse and inclusive community of future leaders in the media and entertainment industry, who stand for truth, integrity and excellence.
FUTURE NOW hosts the annual FUTURE NOW Media & Entertainment conference (FNME) designed to bring together college and graduate students and recent graduates who are passionate about pursuing careers in the media and entertainment field with today's top executives, thought leaders and professionals. The conference is designed to give students the opportunity to hear directly from leaders in the industry, connect, network and be mentored by them.
In addition to the annual conference, FUTURE NOW produces quarterly and monthly meet ups, educational training, talks, workshops, and mentoring and networking opportunities throughout the year.
PATALIA TATE, Advisory Board. Patalia is an award-winning creative strategy and storytelling expert in driving brand growth and guiding marketing and promotion initiatives for top media brands. She has developed brand strategies behind some of the industry’s most recognizable networks, including History Channel, Travel Channel, Food Network and Cooking Channel. She is a recognized expert in driving the strategic execution of compelling campaigns and brand storytelling that inspire and motivate audiences to act and engage. Patalia earned her BS in Communications from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville.
MARGARET "PEGGY" KIM, Founder & President, is a senior programming and production executive known for her work at The History Channel, where she produced hit series and Peabody and Emmy award-winning programming. She is the Founder & CEO of iSTANDtv, a global content studio and online and mobile platform for smart, inspiring, thought-provoking stories that come from a perspective of hope. Margaret has a BA in Political Science from Williams College and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Asbury University and is a board member of Operation Mobilization USA.
MEEKA JUN BONDY, Secretary, is Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs at HBO, responsible for legal matters pertaining to the HBO Enterprises, Corporate Services, Research and Information Technology groups. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Brooklyn Law School. She is executive sponsor for MOSAIC, the Asian-American business resource group at HBO, and has served on the board of the New York chapter of WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
GENNIFER BIRNBACH, Board. Gennifer is an award-winning copywriter and branding expert with over two decades of experience. Her expertise in storytelling, branding and communications strategy, honed throughout her career as a publicist and sponsorship promotions director, has helped brands like Nickelodeon, Bravo and Conde Nast, navigate through multiple launches and re-brands. Gennifer is also passionate about Diversity & Inclusion. At NBC Universal, she led various Employee Resource Groups, including the Asian Pacific American group in NY. Gennifer is a dedicated mentor, career coach and personal branding consultant.
INGRID SIMUNIC, Advisory Board. Ingrid is a Media, Technology, Telecom & Digital Executive, who has led top-priority technology and marketing programs including digital platforms for TWC across the business lines. Cablefax named her among the “Top Women in Technology” and she received the award for "Outstanding Achievements and Contribution to Community Empowerment" by the Society of 110 Foreign Consuls in New York. Ingrid has an MBA in Management from the City University of Seattle, and an MBA and PhD in Business and Marketing from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia.