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MediaMKRS: Career Panel: Taking Up Space

February 18, 2021 @ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Hear leading professionals share their career journey and tips on how to be authentic in the workplace. Moderated by Reel Works Alumni and current MediaMKRS participant, Satchel Williams.


Jacques Morel

Jacques is a Senior Correspondent for Genius News where he hosts Genius Live and it’s twitch show, The Cosign Live. Prior to Genius, he spent 4 years working for the Huffington Post’s video team. He also had internships with Sony, Warner Bros, ABC and KarmaloopTV. He has interviewed hundreds of people – notably Jamie Foxx, Nick Kroll, Yara Shahidi, Tyrese, Senator Cory Booker, Ne-Yo, Sanaa Lathan, Wiz Khalifa and more.  Follow Jacques at @jmorel_jr.


Francis Jimenez

Francis Jimenez is currently a Strategist at Ogilvy working on one of their biggest clients. However, she never quite imagined herself in the world of advertising. Though she grew up in New York, one of the best cities for advertising, watching loads of tv and the commercials that came with it (these were pre-Netflix times), she never knew she could make a career out of making commercials. She graduated from Baruch in 2016 with a BBA in International Business and a double minor in Marketing and Communications. It was only when she became part of the inaugural class of the Verizon adfellows program, that she learned about advertising as a career, and fell in love with agency life. Outside of work Francis enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and going to concerts (Pre-COVID).


Cady Lang

Cady Lang is a writer and producer living in Brooklyn, by way of the Bay Area. She’s currently a staff writer for TIME, where she covers culture and entertainment. She produced See You Next Time, an official selection of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, now streaming on The New Yorker. Her upcoming project, Barrio Chino Havana, centers on the Chinese diaspora in Cuba. Cady’s work has appeared in Vogue, ELLE, Real Simple, the Contra Costa Times, and Diablo Magazine.

Follow Cady at @cadylang.

Learn more about Cady’s work here.


John Purcell

John Purcell has worked in the TV business for over 25 years. Starting as a production assistant in the mid-90’s at ABC Sports and then moving over to ABC News.

He joined the YES Network at their inception in 2002 and have been with them ever since as both a Director and Associate Director.

His love of sports is what led him into the business. John heard about an opening for an internship at ABC Sports and was fortunate enough to be given an opportunity. John’s motivation is still what it has always been, to make the sports viewing experience as informative and entertaining as possible for the audience.

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Eduardo Daniel Vilchez

Originally an undocumented immigrant from Argentina, Eduardo Daniel Vilchez has been involved in media and video production since 2001 in all capacities in front and behind the camera. “A dreamer before Dreamers,” Mr. Vilchez knows the importance of supporting communities of color and the importance of mainstream narratives and how they bring about positive change where it is most needed.

Through his company BurnStrip Productions, LLC., first incorporated in 2010, Mr. Vilchez has worked tirelessly to provide affordable high-quality commercial media assets to small and medium sized companies and entrepreneurs. A filmmaker and video journalist by training, Mr. Vilchez has recently worked as a freelance producer, cameraman, and editor for NBC/Telemundo and Univision, while also balancing large clients like Paris St.-Germain FC, BeIN Sports, Fox Sports, and Sony Music. He was also a media consultant and video producer for SOMOS Community Care in NYC and has recently done pro-bono work for The Door and The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center in Manhattan.


Molly Schneider

Molly Schneider graduated from Ithaca College with a major in Cinema Production. She has worked in the art department on The Blacklist, indie films, and commercial shoots for brands such as Uniqlo and the NY Lottery. She has designed pilots. music videos, and social media content for companies and artists. When she is not working in the art world, she is union costume coordinator for TV shows that range Inside Amy Schumar to the kid show, Helpsters as well award-winning films like Never Rarely Sometimes Always. In quarantine, she has been commissioned for her stop motion and claymation work. Follow Molly at @mollypschneider.


Justice Whitaker

Justice is a Script Assistant and Digital Writer at Sesame Street. Justice Whitaker was born and raised in California where he developed a passion for storytelling, music and lens based arts. Justice’s love for the camera lens drove him to New York City where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Film and Television Production from New York University, as well as formed the hip hop group and extended artists collective, The Five.12 Collective. Justice began to work with diasporic communities, while living and studying in Johannesburg, Accra, and Rio De Janiero for more than half of his undergraduate degree. Telling stories of the African diaspora has become the core focus of Justice’s artistic career and he stitches elements of Black culture into his films, photographs, music, and visual art. Justice spent ten years working as a digital media educator in Brooklyn, NY and at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, before shifting towards his love of writing as his main medium for storytelling.

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Satchel Williams,
Student Moderator

Satchel Williams is a Brooklyn-born, Philadelphia-based actor and aspiring writer/director. Prior to the pandemic, her most recent acting role was the solo show A Hundred Words for Snow with Inis Nua Theatre Company. Since then, she’s had the joy and challenge to work on virtual/socially-distanced projects with Revolution Shakespeare, Azuka Theatre Company, Delaware Shakespeare, and Jouska Playhouse. When she’s not working on a production, she dabbles as a barista, DIY-er, MediaMKRS student, and stage combat enthusiast.


February 18, 2021
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM