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ABOVE & BEYOND - Present And Future: The Service PGA Volunteers Contribute Today Is Shaping Careers, And The Industry, For Years To Come

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 9, 2017

If you know Deb Calla, you know that diversity is one of her core values. As Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee on the west coast for 14 years, she developed and, for ten years, helped run the Power of Diversity Master Workshop, which has become one of the most respected educational programs in today’s industry. The Diversity Committee is also closely involved with the Media Access Awards, which honors members of the entertainment and broadcast industries for their efforts in promoting awareness of the disability experience, accessibility for people with disabilities, and the accurate depiction of characters with disabilities. Deb also co-launched and co-chaired the PGA Women’s Impact Network (WIN) with Lydia Dean Pilcher in 2013. When asked why should people volunteer for Guild service, Deb replies: “Because the PGA is a great organization. You can make lasting friendships, find alliances and participate through the Guild in the present and future of the industry.” When Deb isn’t busy making the PGA a better Guild, she produces content for film and TV and works as a script consultant. She also teaches script development and producing in various parts of the world. 


As a member of the Guild for the last 14 years, Karen Covell has made the most of her time in the PGA. She’s been a member of the AP Council Board of Delegates for four years and currently sits on the National Board of Directors. Karen created the popular “On the Lot” networking lunches, which brings together PGA members who work in the same location, but who otherwise may not know each other. She also devised and oversaw the creation of the Members Resource Library. (Check under the “Members” tab on the PGA website!) With a small band of volunteers, Karen has worked to add more than 100 documents for members to reference online. She also volunteered for the first two Produced By Conferences and sat on the Special Finance Committee. Karen also hosted the multi-union (SAG, DGA, PGA & WGA) Women’s Committee screening of the The Hunting Ground with the filmmakers and conducted a post-screening discussion about how the film is reorienting many colleges’ approach to sexual assault. Why does Karen volunteer? “I volunteer because I believe in the Guild and its place in the industry to make a difference with issues I’m passionate about.”  When Karen is not volunteering for the Guild, she co-produces docs, shorts and live events, and is currently packaging a feature film. 

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