La'Chris Jordan Named #StartWith8Hollywood Program Coordinator
(Los Angeles, CA) - May 11, 2021 - La'Chris Jordan has been named the Program Coordinator of #StartWith8Hollywood, a diversity, equity and inclusion program that has connected nearly 1,300 women of color at different stages of their careers in the entertainment industry to well-established mentors. As Program Coordinator, La'Chris will oversee and manage the application process, hire and train volunteers, organize mentee workshops, and vet potential mentors. Applications for the next cycle will open this summer.
The Bitch Pack’s Thuc Nguyen, screenwriter, activist, and curator of the annual Bitch List, started the #Startwith8Hollywood program on Twitter in early June 2020. Thuc had been a participant in the #Startwith8 initiative in the tech industry, and thought it would be great to involve entertainment executives and producers in the program as well. Soon, Cheryl L. Bedford, Founder of Women of Color Unite and creator of The JTC List, joined forces with Thuc.
WOCU is a social action organization focusing on fair access, fair treatment and fair pay for Women of Color in all aspects of the entertainment and media industries. The JTC List is a database of 3000+ Women of Color working in entertainment and is used by countless Hollywood entities to hire from; the list was named after Joan Theresa Curtis, Bedford’s mother, a statistician and activist who passed away in February 2016. Bedford put together a committee of volunteers and shaped the program into what it is today.