#ICYMI: YMPF Women of 2021 Virtual Summit Recap

Last weekend, Young Media Professionals Foundation hosted its first-ever global and virtual summit in collaboration with King’s College London Women in Leadership. Over the course of two days, YMPF hosted a panel of female media professionals. Panelists spoke about their career paths, provided advice to budding communicators and answered questions from attendees.

If you didn’t get the chance to attend this year’s summit, here’s a recap of what you missed!

Trisha Sakhuja-Walia – CEO & Co-Founder of Brown Girl Magazine

During her undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Trisha found herself wondering why there was a marked lack of representation of South Asian women like herself in the mainstream media. In 2010, she co-founded Brown Girl Magazine, an online publication and platform aimed at amplifying the voices of young South Asian individuals living in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.

Since joining Brown Girl Magazine full-time in 2018, Trisha has established herself as a respected communicator and business leader in the South Asian community. Trisha oversees more than 250 freelance contributors to Brown Girl Magazine while also managing day-to-day operations and business development. She has presented at multiple community events at Columbia University, Michigan State University, Yale University, The Wing, General Assembly and Disney Junior, just to name a few.

During the summit, Trisha encouraged attendees to remain true to themselves throughout their careers while simultaneously encouraging cooperation.

“You don’t need to be the next Trisha because you can be yourself first,” she said. “If you have a passion project, make time for it and allow other people to be a part of your process.”

Hannah Tattersall – Manager of Insights & Measurements at NBCUniversal

Early in her career, Hannah accomplished the tremendous feat of landing a position at a Fortune 100 company immediately after graduating from the University of Delaware in 2016. Throughout her tenure at NBCUniversal, Hannah had the opportunity to work behind the scenes in data and measurement on shows like The Office and Fallon Tonight. She attributes much of her success to networking and working hard to connect with potential mentors.

“Networking is key,” Hannah said. “There’s no such thing as too much networking.”

She also stressed the importance of staying humble and asking questions when you need assistance, spending time with people you want to emulate and taking time off if you feel burnt out.

Sophie Maisant – Vice President of International Marketing at Huda Beauty