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In February, JHRTS finalized our last event of last year while continuing this year's stellar start.

JHRTS presents a check for $25,000 to My Friend's Place

JHRTS presents $25,000 to My Friend's Place

Our last event of the year, the 8th Annual JHRTS Holiday party raised $25,000 to benefit My Friend’s Place on December 7th at LA hotspot, Voyeur. More than 535 of Hollywood’s young assistants, coordinators, agents, executives and celebrities attended the party including Nikita star, Tiffany Hines and Glee star, Chord Overstreet. DJ Felli Fel of LA’s Power 106 was the headliner for the night and the event had many corporate sponsors from agencies, production companies, studios and broadcast networks along with GM, Magnolia Bakery, Macallan and Popchips. JHRTS gained 94 new members due to the party, bringing the current total to 604 members. The event was co-chaired by Missy Machala, Carmen Wong, and Felicia Bargman. Check out pictures from the JHRTS holiday party.

JHRTS Women in Hollywood panel

JHRTS Women in Hollywood panel

February was an awesome month for JHRTS panels. One of the two panels that was successfully executed was their first annual JHRTS Women in Hollywood Panel. JHRTS members (both men and women) were able to hear from industry leaders about their experiences navigating the challenging road of success in the entertainment industry. Moderated by Variety Deputy Editor, Cynthia Littleton, our esteemed panelists were screenwriter and ARMY WIVES creator, Katherine Fugate, Executive Producer, Ellen Rakieten, CAA agent, Sonya Rosenfeld and EVP BBC Worldwide, Jane Tranter. Despite some technical difficulties, the women held a lively and candid discussion around their various professional and personal triumphs and challenges. From how to stand out and get promoted to how they handled maternity leave, panelists share some no-holds-barred truths about climbing the corporate entertainment ladder. In the end, attendees were able to ask panelists their own questions and each panelist was gracious enough to stay after closing to close out the auditorium past 10pm answering more questions. Our JHRTS board received notes from members expressing how much they appreciated all that the panelists had to say and how inspired they were by our panelists. It was a great night and a great event! Multiple members communicated with HRTS how inspired they were by the event. The night was chaired by Chika Chukudebelu. More pictures from the Women in Hollywood panel.

JHRTS February Philanthropy benefited The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. 20 JHRTS members volunteered three hours of their time on Saturday, February 19th, 2011. While on site at The Trevor Project offices in West Hollywood, 400 survival kits were created to send to educators around the country, fulfilling one weekly request order for the call center. The event was led by Jason Coffey.

Our Feburary mixer was at the hot new bar The Wellesbourne. Organized by co-president
Audrey Gordon, the night featured a packed house as about a hundred assistants from studios,
networks and other companies came together to meet and greet. Our next mixer will be our very
popular Speed Networking event at the chic bar XIV. That event is also being coordinated by
Audrey.


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