A look at Joy Donnell press moments, behind the scenes, interviews, public appearances, editorial features and more.
My press interviews, profiles, editorial features, speaking engagements, public appearances and other ways I stay aligned in passion and purpose…
THE GREAT AMERICAN LIE PANEL @ PALEY CENTER // MAY 2019
It was my absolute pleasure to moderate a panel at The Paley Center with Jennifer Siebel Newsom, an award-winning filmmaker and our First Partner of California, and Dr. Caroline Heldman, academic, researcher and the Executive Director of The Representation Project. They premiered their latest film, The Great American Lie which shines light on how the imbalanced ways we fund gendered values contribute to widening economic inequality.
THERE’S A GOOD GIRL PANEL @ SAATCHI & SAATCHI // NOV 2018
I joined a speaker panel with Dr. Nicole Haggard, actress/activist Rain Valdez and writer Alyssa Clark that was moderated by Liz Hernandez (formerly Access Hollywood) to discuss the representation of women and girls in the media, how it shapes our societal beliefs, what’s changing and what still needs to happen.
VivaWomen and Conill organized this illustrious panel that was held at renowned advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles.
#SKYTALKS @ SKY LOUNGE PRESENTED BY THE LINE LOFTS // NOV 2018
We should change how we talk about luxury. I sat down for the first taping of #SkyTalks, a podcast series. I discussed the luxury of alignment and wellbeing. how comfort and discomfort interplay to help us reach our higher humanity and the beauty of preserving culture in luxury brands.
Hosted by Wendy Rosoff, these elevated conversations from The Line Lofts by Wilshire Skyline are available for public consumption thru Soundcloud.
100 WOMEN CHANGE HOLLYWOOD // OCT 2018
Over 120 women in media, entertainment, public policy, activism, academia and more gathered at The Riveter in sisterhood and strategy for #100womenchangehollywood organized by Elisa Parker and Tabby Biddle. I held space to share my journey in media and wellbeing as well as moving forward thru adversity.
WONDER WOMEN TECH — PANEL // OCT 2018
I joined MSMU’s Dr. Emerald Archer, Dr. Nicole Haggard and Munika Lay of EndCue at the 2018 Wonder Women Tech Conference to discuss How Women Are Changing the Landscape of media and tech in the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp.
STREAMING ALERT: WHAT IF MOVIE ICONS WORE AFRICAN FASHION // SEPT 2018
The Africa Channel and DemandAfrica has released a 10 EPISODE SERIES about the visual campaign I did with them during my work for Vanichi.com.
SELF-CARE AND EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP — CLOSING KEYNOTE // SEPT 2018
I produced and moderated the Closing Keynote for MSMU’s Women’s Leadership Conference 2018. Sponsored by luxury beauty brand, Babor, we discussed the importance of self care as a leadership skill. Jess Weiner, Amy Denoon, Maggie Q and I shared journeys that detailed how to not just survive but also heal trauma, listen to our bodies as guides to our wellbeing and defining our own terms.
INTERVIEWING SUPERMODEL BEVERLY JOHNSON // AUG 2018
This is a magical story. I had a true 360 moment when I interviewed supermodel and icon Beverly Johnson and got to thank her for advice she gave me decades ago that have stayed with me as for my entire adulthood.
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Beverly Johnson is known as “The Face That Changed Everything” for when she became the first woman of color to ever be on the cover of American Vogue in 1975.
CREATIVITY CURES FRUSTRATION — PODCAST // JUNE 2018
I interviewed with Judithe Registre of Inclusivus to discuss the value of all our human emotions for content creation, cultivating a luxury mindset toward wellbeing and how creativity is a cure for frustration.
It was an extra surprise when the Inclusivus team turned my glam afro headshot into pop art for the feature. Catch the full interview.
THE JANE CLUB X #VIPIGNITE // JUNE 2018
I spent a lovely Saturday speaking on using media to build cultural legacy to a group of talented creative and entertainment professionals.
5 FEMALE BOSSES. ENTITY MAGAZINE // JUNE 2018
Thanks Madison Mayer for including me in this @entitymag list of #womenthatdo by supporting other women. My fellow featured women include Valeisha Butterfield Jones of WEEN, She Should Run founder Erin Loos Cutraro, Cheryl Hunter and EmpowHer LA founder Michelle Wolf.
UNITED STATE OF WOMEN // MAY 2018
I spoke at a workshop on Redefining Your Power for #USOW2018. Our fearless #50womenCan co-director, @elisahendersonparker, led our workshop. I had the honor of standing in solidarity with my cohort sisters as we shared our journeys with power, setting our own terms and our collective action. We also made new connections with courageous creators who also shared their stories.
GOLDEN DOOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION SUMMIT // MAY 2018
LAWIFF PANEL: WOMEN BUILDING MEDIA PLATFORMS // MAR 2018
Women in Media building longer tables. I had the honor of joining a panel at LA Women’s International Film Festival alongside members of my #50womenCan cohort, SheSez founder Linda Grasso and Kathy Van Ness from Golden Door talked about the “by whom” and “for whom” aspects of modern media.
LEGALIZE EQUALITY ERA CAMPAIGN // MAR 2018
I was more than happy to lend my face and voice to Equal Means Equal campaign with luxury athleisure brand Alala. This campaign raised monies and awareness for the push to ratify the ERA to the US Constitution.
PURPOSE PROPELS ENTREPRENEUR TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE // MAR 2018
WETALK // FEB 2018
I served as a Featured Guest on South Africa’s #WeTalkBiz chat to discuss the tools to understanding your audience online. Catch the transcript here.
50 WOMEN CAN CHANGE THE WORLD IN MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT // JAN 2018
Gender parity in media and entertainment is happening. There’s no turning back. I’ve joined #50WomenCan a cohort of talented, passionate and focused women spearheaded by Take the Lead Women. Together, we are driving toward a world with equal seats at the table. No turning back. More here.
WOMEN LIKE US FOUNDATION AMBASSADORSHIP // DEC 2017
For over a decade, I’ve been fighting to end sex trafficking and homelessness. Education and equity are key components to ending the violence that befalls women and children enduring extreme poverty. I’m fortunate to find an organization that shares my focus.
With great excitement and humility I announce that I’ve become an Ambassador for Women Like Us Foundation. Through its work, the nonprofit is gender equality and social justice through female leadership.
In December 2017, my fellow ambassadors and I raised awareness for the #HerToo movement through Facebook Live.
ON MEDIA + MENTORS VIA INSPIHER MAGAZINE // OCT 2017
It was an honor to be featured in the inaugural issue of INSPIHER Magazine, an extension of Gemma Touchstone’s Inspiher Success. I discuss making media that increases our humanity and understanding as well as the power of mentorship.
HOW TO FALL BACK IN LOVE WITH YOUR JOB // OCT 2017
I was asked how I maintain passion for my work. My answer: SELF CARE. Read the full article: Experts Weigh In: How to Fall Back in Love With Your Job via MyCorporation
USING INSTAGRAM FOR BUSINESS // OCT 2017
13 Entrepreneurs Including Me Explain How They Use Instagram for Business via Rescue a CEO and CEO BlogNation.
JOY SPEAKS at MSMU WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE // SEPT 2017
On Saturday, September 16, I joined 500 women for Mount Saint Mary’s University’s (MSMU) Women’s Leadership Conference to discuss The Resilient Leader.
I had the honor of serving on the Image in the Age of Instagram panel moderated by Beverly Jackson, VP, Social Portfolio Strategy for MGM Resorts International. My fellow panelists included Maggie Chieffo of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, “Dear White People” producer Ann Le and #WeAllGrow Latina Network founder Ana L. Flores.
JOY SPEAKS WITH AFRICAN ARTISTS ASSOC // 3AS @ AFI AUG 2017
On August 4, 2017, I joined Rodney Charles and the African Artists Association (3As) at AFI for an intimate Q+A about publicity, branding and content strategy. We discussed public image within the entertainment industry, new technologies and ancient communication secrets.
4 THE LOVE SESSIONS // KNEKT.TV MAY 2017
On May 11, 2017, Music, Fashion, Art, Activism + VR converged under the GIBSON roof to present 4 THE LOVE SESSIONS #4TLSESSIONS. Omnes Records and Vanichi magazine gathered like-minded people to redefine the idea of a “salon” where we could discover, connect and create change in the world.
Our discoveries included emerging music in L.A., fashion brands with story and purpose driving their designs, a local nonprofit that is nurturing the next wave of talent and a photo exhibition that is fighting to end slavery in developing economies. KNEKT.TV streamed the story LIVE.
NOTHING WITHOUT PASSION // HUFFPOST UK INTERVIEW MAR 2017
I sat down with Adam Bradford for Huffington Post UK to discuss Vanichi Magazine’s African fashion campaign. We partnered with The Africa Channel to showcase contemporary African luxury and ready-to-wear fashions. We discussed the unique editorial and video series entitled What If Movie Icons Wore African Fashion? #WIMIWAF and how Vanichi is highlighting emerging designer brands from around the world. Go here to read the Huffington Post UK piece and hear the podcast interview.
WHAT IF MOVIE ICONS WORE AFRICAN FASHION? // JAN 2017
As Editor-in-Chief of Vanichi Magazine, I’m honored to announce that we have partnered with The Africa Channel to present a unique editorial and video series that celebrates fashion from Africa and the African Diaspora. Here’s a sneak preview of What If Movie Icons Wore African Fashion? #WIMIWAF. More at vanichi.com and theafricachannel.com
TEARSHEETS FROM SOPHISTICATES BLACK HAIR // DEC 2016
There’s nothing lowbrow about my hair. I stepped in front of the camera for a natural hair photo shoot that gave glory to the kinky curly hair of the African Diaspora. Photos by BARRY DRUXMAN. Hair + Makeup by KAREN BATES-ASHLEY. Hair Colorist: LYNEISE OKOJIE. Stylist: DREA MJ. Creative Director: JORDAN SWAIN.
MINORITIES IN FILM WITH CAL STATE UNIV // NOV 2016
Do you think minorities are under-represented in film? From the script to the casting process to the finished product, here’s a bit of what we had to say to Cal State LA and Roberto Oregel’s class about diversity in media for this short documentary “Minorities in Film: Unseen and Unknown”.
INTERVIEW ON HEALTH IN HEELS WITH DR. LISA // OCT 2016
My interview on Health in Heels with Dr. Lisa Masterson. We’re talking African luxury fashion, my forthcoming #WIMIWAF psa about emerging designers from the African diaspora, runway trends and mentoring.
TEA WITH VICTORIA SUMMER #TWVS // AUG 2016
CREATIVE VISIONS SUNDOWNER // AUG 2016
EDITORIAL PHOTO SESSION WITH JUHN KWON // JULY 2016
HEARPRENEUR INTERVIEW // JUNE 2016
CEO BLOG NATION INTERVIEW // MAY 2016
BUSINESS NEWS DAILY INTERVIEW // APR 2016
PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER WESTWEEK 2016 // MAR 2016
LAFW in GIOIA PAN HANDKNIT GOWN // MAR 2016
Wearing the ‘Knitwear Queen of Taiwan’ Gioia Pan handknit mermaid gown with gold metallic thread. Gold Rings by Joy Arte. Gown and Gold Rings via La Maison de Fashion. Earrings by Stephanie Kantis. Brows by Sublime Eyes.
FENDI CASA X OGARA COACH PRESENT 2017 LAMBORGHINI HURACAN LP // MAR 2016
LUXURY LIVING OPENS IN WEST HOLLYWOOD // FEB 2016
DE RE GALLERY PRESENTS TANIA DIBBS // JAN 2016
TEA WITH E @ THE LANGHAM // NOV 2015
A luxurious tea with floral artist Eddie Zaratsian.
BLACK ENTREPRENEUR BLUEPRINT INTERVIEW // MAR 2015
I share my story of moving to Los Angeles, building a media company and employing branding strategies along the way.
CO-HOST AFTERNOON TEA WITH AMELIA BOYNTON ROBINSON // MAR 2015
“A VOTEless people is a HOPEless people,” centenarian civil rights movement matriarch Amelia Boynton Robinson reflects on SELMA 50 years later at her reception at Creative Visions Foundation. Thank you to Ann Simmons and Albert of the LA Times for sharing this icon’s light with the world.
THE #TEASPA in VENTURA BLVD MAGAZINE // FEB 2015
CREATIVE VISIONS TURN ON LA AWARDS GALA // OCT 2014
I had the honor of serving as a Hosting Committee member for Creative Visions Foundation’s Turn On LA Awards honoring Dr. Sanjay Gupta, recipient of the Dan Eldon Courage in Journalism Award, director Sanjay Rawal, recipient of the Dan Eldon Creative Activist Award, documentarians Chris Temple and Zach Ingraci, recipients of the Dan Eldon Creative Activist Award, director, producer and fine art photographer Lekha Singh, recipient of the Dan Eldon Catalyst Award and education activist Malala Yousafzai, recipient of the Dan Eldon Young Creative Activist Award. Attendees also enjoyed a spoken word performance by poet/philosopher In-Q and music by Aloe Blacc who performed his hit songs, “I Need a Dollar,” “Wake Me Up,” and “The Man.”
THE HOLLYWOOD ELEVATOR MAGAZINE // OCT 2014
THE GEEKIE AWARDS // AUG 2014
BRITISH POLO DAY // MAY 2014