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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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).
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.
VAL NICHOLAS, Board. Val Nicholas is Senior Vice President, Creative Director for SummitMedia, where he is tasked with accelerating creative innovation in partnership with SummitMedia Sales, Marketing, Programming and Event leadership teams. He has been nominated for 24 Emmy Awards, and is the winner of seven. Previously, he was Vice President Creative Director for NBC News where his tenure was marked by innovation, including the launch of new digital properties for NBCNews.com and 360 initiatives such as “Hiring Our Heroes.” Val is an army veteran, and sits on the national Board of the USO and Blue Star Families.
GIOVANNA NOGUERA, Board. In her first year at Discovery Networks, Giovanna was promoted from Senior Ad Sales Assistant to Advanced Targeting Planner. She performs daily account management for 60+ accounts under 4 Account Executives and handles added value/promos by working as a liaison between the marketing team and the client. Gio has been volunteering with FUTURE NOW as the Social Media Manager since 2018, heading up strategy and content creation for FUTURE NOW's social media channels. She is a alumna of the T. Howard Foundation program and earned her B.S. in Marketing from Rutgers Business School.
ALEXANDRA PIÑA, Board. Alexandra is Senior Manager of Programming and Production of DeSales Media Group, and oversees Content Strategy, Distribution, Audience Development, Advanced Data Measurements and Program Acquisitions for NET TV a faith-based broadcast network owned by DMG. In her role, Alexandra leads product strategy and is responsible for creating the roadmap for Cultural Insights & Hispanic Experience as well as first-run syndication. In 2018, she was honored as one of the Brooklyn Power Women of the Year, and in 2019, Women in Cable Telecommunications named her Chapter Volunteer of the Year.
CHRIS ROSE, Board. Chris is Vice President of Scheduling & Acquisitions at History.
With nearly 450 premiere hours per year at the network, he is integral to leading the content strategy for all original series, specials and live events. Chris has successfully completed two certificate programs at Harvard Business School Online (CORE and Disruptive Strategy) and is a graduate of the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Television, Radio & Film from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He currently resides in New York City with his wife and two sons.
SOWON SAWYER, Board. As Director of Scheduling for SundanceTV at AMC Networks, Sowon is responsible for promoting audience growth for the network's critically-acclaimed Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning content. Sawyer also spearheaded AMC Networks’ Diversity & Inclusion committee, and developed mentorship and professional development programs. Sawyer has participated in the NAMIC Leadership Seminar, the WICT Rising Leaders program and The Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in German Language and Literature from Wellesley College.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
PHYLLIS EHRLICH, Advisory Board. Phyllis Ehrlich is Group Vice President at Spectrum Reach, the advertising sales division of Charter Communications. Ms. Ehrlich leads Spectrum Reach Preferred, which offers the company’s top advertising clients exclusive services, support and customized data-driven solutions. She joined Charter from Time Warner Cable, where she served in a similar capacity. Ms. Ehrlich is a Certified Professional Coach and serves on the Board of Directors of She Runs It. She is an alumna of the CTAM Executive Management program at the Harvard Business School, and of WICT’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute.
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.
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.