WATCH | Changing an Industry: Women in Television, Film, and Media

Notable alumnae in the entertainment industry give Brunonians a behind-the-scenes look at their careers.

Three titans of the television, film, and media industries  — senior film executive Nina Jacobson ’87, P’23, anchor and producer Soledad O’Brien P’24, and writer and director Angela Robinson ’92 — spoke about the importance of female mentorship during a virtual discussion moderated by Resa E. Lewiss '92 on April 6, 2022.

Changing an Industry


Nina R. Jacobson '87, P'23, Soledad O'Brien P'24, and Angela Robinson '92 shared insights from their personal and professional journeys.

After discussing how they built successful careers in a largely male-dominated industry, the panelists offered advice to the audience of alumni and current students, many of whom are seeking jobs in creative industries.

“What I think is really important is to believe you can do everything and that you’re the person to do it,” said “True Blood” and “How to Get Away with Murder” writer and producer Robinson. 

Building a support system of mentors, champions, and talented fellow professionals was an important career step for all three successful women, who each shared stories of times when their networks offered advice in tough situations, acted as advocates for job opportunities, and served as trusted members of work teams.

In order to reach career goals, O'Brien recommended creating a clear plan and sticking to it: “Sometimes, you just have to execute….What are you trying to get to? And then what is your strategy to get there?” 

Nearly 250 attendees participated in the event and reacted warmly to the speakers. “All three were brilliant, dynamic, and inspiring….So many bits of wisdom to take away and it felt so honest and intimate — unlike media talking points and much more like a dinner with friends,” shared one attendee.

This event was part of the Brown Women's Network's celebration of 130 Years of Women at Brown. Please visit the Brown Women's Network page to learn more about upcoming programs, events, and offerings, or follow along on social media.