GUSSIE ROC - PANEL MODERATOR
Gussie has always been drawn to imagining what people are like beyond what we initially reveal. From a young age, she spent her time imagining these characters through poetry and plays and continues to pursue these stories as a writer and freelance reader at several independent production companies.
Gussie also works to build communities that amplify underrepresented voices. As an undergraduate at Harvard, Gussie served as director of the international Harvard College Film Festival and won the Dorothy Hicks Lee prize for her work examining how Beyoncé’s Lemonade, 1920s blues singers, and grieving black mothers in the #BlackLivesMatter movement use personal heartbreak to protest racial injustice. In 2019, she produced Verses., a benefit concert raising over $10,000 for the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project.
Now based in Brooklyn, Gussie continues to spend most of her time writing plays and screenplays. She also studies acting technique at William Esper Studio.
TIFFANY WASHINGTON - PANEL MODERATOR
As a native of the greater Detroit area, Tiffany is an experienced global finance and corporate social responsibility professional, with broad expertise in organizational and new market entry strategies. In her most recent role, she led the Impact and Integration function for a Midwest energy company's public affairs group. In this space, her team implemented collaborative cross-functional tools and measurement frameworks to enable efficiencies and demonstrate the impact of the firm's social impact and public affairs diversity and equity efforts.
Prior to this role, she led the redesign and philanthropic shift of the company's foundation in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This was after having served in the Finance and the Investor Relations groups where she supported the financial planning and analysis for a $1B gross margin gas business.
Before returning to Michigan, Ms. Washington also served as Director of Project Finance for Sesame Workshop, a global children’s media company. In this role, she was the finance and strategy lead for more than $300M in multimedia platform projects that included television, licensing, themed entertainment, retail, digital, corporate sponsorship and community outreach. Tiffany oversaw a finance team focused on international projects in the UK, South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Bangladesh and China. In this role, she also led benchmarking and market research for corporate strategy and new business development efforts to inform the company’s future planning.
Throughout her career, Tiffany’s work has centered on fiscal responsibility for the greater good of children and community. A Certified Diversity Professional, Tiffany holds a Masters of Business Administration from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.