We’re growing! Influence Lab Women is expanding into the hub of film and television production in Atlanta. “Hollywood and New York are no longer the only epicenters of media production,” shares Kathleen Cooke. “Influence Lab Women is thrilled to introduce you to the new Atlanta Influence Lab coordinator, Anna Oakley.”

The kick-off of the Atlanta group will be an in-person watch party of the Influence Lab Women’s online event featuring guest Cindy Bond, producer of “Redeeming Love” and the box-office hit, “I Can Only Imagine.” If you live in the Atlanta area, sign up here to join us for this event. (Not in Atlanta? Sign up here for the free webinar.)

And now, meet Anna Oakley…

Hi! My name is Anna Elizabeth Oakley, and I’m an actor, puppeteer, and children’s coach living in what has come to be known as the “Hollywood of the South” – Atlanta, Georgia. In December 2021, I journeyed to LA to hear actress and producer Jessica Oyelowo speak at The Influence Lab Women’s Christmas Gathering. I didn’t know anything about The Influence Lab and little did I know what God truly had in store for me that night. After a long desert season of almost two years due to the pandemic, the gathering blew me away and filled my soul. It was not only an evening filled with new connections, friendships, and empowering prayer but of being strengthened and mentored in faith and career excellence. I was inspired to press on and into what and where God had purposed for my life.

My immediate question when I met Kathleen was, have you thought of bringing this to Atlanta?

It turns out she had! The Influence Lab team had been praying about expanding into Atlanta. They, too, knew that Atlanta had grown into a strong industry community and had become a major hub for TV and film production. The Influence Lab had felt an urgency to expand, encourage and empower professionals there. But how? It was a matter of God’s timing. That night I felt God tapping me on the shoulder and calling me into action.

I can’t wait for this Thursday night, February 24th, when the first in-person Influence Lab Atlanta Gathering will launch with Hollywood producer Cindy Bond. And, we are even more thrilled to announce that an even larger IN Gathering is being planned for June of this year that will feature top industry guests and our favorite person – Jesus!  We can’t wait to see how God will grow the Christian industry community in the Atlanta area and we want to invite you to be a part of it.

Come connect with us!

It’s a collaborative business. If you’re involved in media, entertainment, leadership or the arts, you know we need each other. So, invite your friends and colleagues and help us all connect, be wisdom warriors of our faith, and work in career excellence. Don’t delay! Sign up for the weekly Influence Lab Journal featuring blogs, mentoring tips and “INNER VIEWS” with Christian industry leaders who align their faith and work with God’s Kingdom purposes. Keep an eye on The Influence Lab website for updates and stay connected and informed on future events. Follow us on social media Facebook @InfluenceLabWomen and Instagram @InfluenceLabWomen or Twitter @InfluenceLabW.

I’d love to connect with you personally, so send me a note at anna.e.oakley@gmail.com.

And if you are working or traveling to LA from Atlanta or to Atlanta from LA,  know that you have an Influence Lab community waiting to support you!