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When She Founded with Somer Hamrick, CEO & Founder of Channel Clinical is an insider view on what it really takes to start and scale a company in STEM. Each episode takes a deeper look into one such business venture and the woman who started it. Industry mavens describe their personal path to entrepreneurship through one-on-one conversations with a host who has been figuring it out herself. Somer Hamrick launched her own company in early 2019. With 20 years’ experience in business development and half that specifically in global health and clinical research, Somer found herself having to reach outside the life science community for support and mentorship. She created When She Founded as a platform to share what she has learned and is still learning, on her journey. This podcast demystifies some of the steps for female founders in industries where representation is lacking.

Jun 12, 2020



Sabrina Thompson Mitchell is a highly regarded media professional whose career has included work in filmmaking, directing, and photography. Sabrina is the owner of KUU Productions, where she works with A-level clients, including HBO, Saks Fifth Ave, and RocNation Sports, among others. Sabrina served as the Women’s March’s official photographer and was selected by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign team to document the campaign journey, highlighting moments related to women of color and the Mothers of the Movement. Sabrina is also the co-founder of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) and works to empower and uplift diverse young women in the industry. Sabrina’s work has been highlighted on NBC and Entertainment Tonight, as well as The New York Times, Vogue, People, and ESSENCE.


Today, Sabrina joins me to share the twists and turns of her career journey, including how she was impacted by being a finalist on SURVIVOR. She shares some of the inequities in the entertainment sector and how the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network offers a community of sisterhood while protecting and defending women of color in entertainment, technology, and business. She also highlights what WEEN is currently doing to fight for social and racial justice and amplify the voices of young women in the WEEN Academy.




“We don’t lead from a deficit. We lead from a ‘this is why I’m unique’.” - Sabrina Thompson Mitchell




Today on When She Founded:


  • The many pivots of Sabrina’s career, including her success on the television show SURVIVOR
  • How Sabrina’s production company got started and what the company specializes in
  • Why Sabrina co-founded the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN)
  • The WEEN Academy’s mission and why WEEN takes a “tough love” approach to empowerment
  • How WEEN is shifting perspectives about entering the entertainment world
  • The importance of leading with purpose and the game-changing gift of storytelling
  • The power of leading from a surplus mindset rather than a deficit mindset
  • How to bring about social change by channeling your emotions into action
  • The concept of privilege and how people address it differently when it comes to race versus gender
  • The power of social media and the importance of harnessing it positively
  • How COVID-19 has impacted WEEN’s growth strategy and what’s next for WEEN





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