Alyssa Menard is a marketing and events professional with years of experience in entertainment marketing, partner relations, and event management within the entertainment & media industries and the nonprofit sector. She's currently a Marketing and Communications Specialist for Lime Connect, a nonprofit that attracts, prepares, and connects high-achieving university students and young and experienced professionals who happen to have disabilities with internships and career opportunities.
Darnell Gilet is an HR professional with experience in university recruitment, talent acquisition, and diversity strategy within the car rental, consumer packaged goods, and media & entertainment industries. He's currently a Talent Acquisition Manager at Scripps Networks Interactive, the leading global developer of inspiring lifestyle content in the home, food, and travel categories for television, online and emerging platforms.
Alyssa and Darnell moved into the entrepreneurial space in 2015 as co-creators of House Party Games – a gaming company dedicated to celebrating black culture – in addition to launching their own creative endeavors. Alyssa is also the founder of FilmIndie Cinema Club, a pop-up screening series aimed at introducing audiences to must-see independent and cult black cinema. Darnell is the founder of the professional basketball blog, hoopgeeks.com, and serves as a staff writer for the TimeInc.-owned sports site, nothinbutnets.com.