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#StartWith8Hollywood is a diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility program founded and led by women of color working in the entertainment industry, operated by Women of Color Unite (WOCU).

This unique, impactful program matches experienced industry mentors with 8 women and non-binary mentees of color.

"The real work [of diversity and inclusion] is better when it’s led by the actual people who are the most marginalized."
Thuc Doan Nguyen
Writer, Activist & Co-Founder, #StartWith8Hollywood
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In an industry that hides behind the myth of “meritocracy” but in reality functions on personal connections, the #Startwith8™ initiative connects entertainment professionals each with 8 Women (and non-binary people) of Color working in the business. Together, they formulate a plan of action based on what each mentee desires and what is achievable by the mentor to create tangible progress in the mentee’s career.

The end goal: no more excuses. By fostering organic diversity, the indefensible precept “I don’t know any Women of Color to hire,” will never be heard again.


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As a mentor, you will be connected to eight Womxn of Color professionals in your field. You will meet once in a 1:1 phone or video call with each mentee. Every mentee is different – get to know them, listen to them, and then formulate a plan that is desirable to the mentee and achievable by you. Take at least one action that will create tangible and lasting change in your mentees’ careers. After the 1:1 meeting, it’s up to you and your mentees what shape your mentorship will take – many mentors have gone on to host monthly group meet-ups with their 8 mentees.

If you are interested in passing on your knowledge and help open doors for Womxn of Color, and help make the industry a more diverse and equitable place for everyone, please apply to be a mentor below.

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