Meet the Collective Experts!

I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with each of the professional experts here at the Beehive Collective. Whether in branding, broadcast media, or publishing, the experts I’ve hand-picked to join me in teaching and consulting you are top-level industry leaders in their respective fields. I’ve gained and learned a valuable amount of information from each of them and continue to call on them when I need additional insight.

Collectively, we bring a uniquely robust set of skills based on our own work experiences and professional development over the years. I’m excited for you to meet them… and those who are coming soon!

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BREN HERRERA

TV CONTRIBUTOR, MEDIA PERSONALITY, CHEF+AUTHOR & ACTIVIST

Bren is a private chef, bilingual TV personality, author and a lifestyle expert (food, travell, culture) with a deep-rooted passion for social advocacy and human rights activism. She’s appeared several times on the TODAY show, where she’s worked alongside megastar Jennifer Lopez and others, and on other national and local outlets such as CNN, FOX, The Hallmark Channel Telemundo, ABC, Amazon Live and others.

In March 2018 Bren was invited and featured at the Smithsonian’s African American Museum of History and Culture as a female chef of the diaspora in honor of Women’s History Month where a full station was dedicated to her cuisine. She has been featured in countless print and digital outlets including The Washington Post, LA Times, Essence, LATINA magazine, Black Enterprise, Design*Sponge and many others, to name a few.

Bren received a double B.A. in Political Science and English Literature from the University of Virginia and was enrolled at DePaul Law School. Her passion for human and civil rights have positioned to hear to become a vocal advocate on national TV for women’s and children’s rights, immigrant’s rights and social justice. You can find Bren’s book “Modern Pressure Cooking” anywhere in stores, online and anywhere books are sold. Her book is also 1 of only 20 curated and sold at the Smithsonian’s African American Museum of History and Culture.

To read more about Bren and her work, visit her site, BrenHerrera.com

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Nick Chiles

Writer and Author

Over the course of his three-decade career, Nick Chiles has distinguished himself as one of the nation’s foremost chroniclers of African-American life, culture and celebrity—both as a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. He is the author or co-author of 14 books, including three New York Times bestsellers he wrote with R&B icon Bobby Brown, civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and gospel legend Kirk Franklin. He is also a literary agent with the Manhattan-based Aevitas Creative Management. Chiles, a graduate of Yale, served as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, and magazine and website editor-in-chief during his years in journalism, winning nearly 20 major awards—including a 1992 Pulitzer Prize as part of a New York Newsday team.

Nick brings to the Collective a distinct analysis of the literary concepts our students and clients want to explore. He will share the important details for you to consider when looking for and pitching literary agents, editors, and publishers in order to help you position your proposal to be considered for a publishing deal.

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JULIA CARIAS-LINARES

Producer and Television Executive

Julia Carias-Linares is a producer and television executive whose career trajectory has taken her into TV, motion pictures, short films, commercials and digital content. Julia’s expertise is in sourcing projects, developing talent and securing intellectual properties. Currently, she is an executive at A+E Networks where she works on new programming, specifically for the FYI channel.

Julia’s keen ability to identify strong and potential talent is a tremendous resource for the Hive and those interested in Media Training. She will be offering insight on what producers, directors, and casting agents are looking for when considering booking talent. Her feedback is priceless.

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