Africa Responds: Watch Video Now – Church Media Summit 2024

Africa Responds: Watch Video Now – Church Media Summit 2024

Excitement is growing for the Church Media Summit, August 15-17, 2024 in Ghana! Pastors, media teams, communications teams and independent filmmakers from across Africa are excited about the upcoming media training opportunity offered by TheoVision International and The Influence Lab.

Registrants from Ghana as well as surrounding nations including Rwanda, Nigeria, Malawi, Liberia, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia will gather in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, for three days of intensive training in media and digital strategies to share the gospel. Influence Lab co-founder Phil Cooke shares more in this video.

With anti-Christian tension rising in countries across the continent, pastors are desperate to strengthen their churches and reach their nations for Christ. They’re eager to gain the knowledge and expertise they need to tell stories that inspire faith, confront social issues and stir people’s hearts for the gospel. 

Imagine the impact – not just within Ghana, but across Africa! Let’s help these pastors and their media teams get the training they need to strategically reach their nations with the gospel.

Partner with The Influence Lab now to send a team to Ghana this August 2024. Give your generous gift here.

“In countries where so few people are professing Christians, media may be the key to mission growth in that part of the world.” —Phil Cooke, Co-Founder, The Influence Lab

Find out more details about this Africa impact opportunity here.

Live in Africa? Register for the Church Media Summit 2024 here.

London Report – Kathleen Cooke Presents at the She Leads America/UK Leadership Forum

London Report – Kathleen Cooke Presents at the She Leads America/UK Leadership Forum

“If we are going to change the culture, we’ll do it through the effective use of media and entertainment.” —Kathleen Cooke, speaking at the She Leads America/UK Leadership Forum

Thank you, Influence Lab partners! As one of She Leads America’s Christian Women of Distinction, Kathleen Cooke recently participated in the inaugural launch of She Leads America/UK Leadership Forum held in London, June 1-4, 2024. The invitation-only event held on the grounds of Windsor Castle gathered women delegates from the UK and America to discuss and explore faith solutions in the face of counter-Christian agendas within their respective countries.

Representing The Influence Lab/Influence Women, Kathleen spoke on The Control of Media and Entertainment on the Culture. She challenged the delegates to not back down from using media tools to engage audiences. Speaking from the book of Nehemiah, she explained how Nehemiah rebuilt the wall surrounding Jerusalem at a time when it was vulnerable to an anti-Biblical culture similar to ours.

“We must rebuild the wall of the fruit of the Spirit… We must rebuild the wall where God has us doing His work and within the communities we live. And the tools we must use are media and artistic Biblical tools.”

A historic gathering, delegates included Dr. Alveda King, Salvation Army Commissioner Jolene Hodder, award winning autbor Bodie Thoene, and many more distinguished U.S. women, along with their UK counterparts holding top roles in government and ministry. Liz Doyle, founder and executive director of She Leads America comments, “It was an event ‘for such a time as this’ and we believe is the first of many to come globally.”

Overall the event laid forth the mission for women of distinction to become “solutionaries” bringing light into the darkness to save their ministries, families, nation and the world.

Kathleen adds, “Thank you to our many Influence Lab partners who supported me both in prayer and financial assistance to be there and take part. It was truly a ‘battle cry moment’ of linking shields to face the prevailing evils of our world and in our culture today.”

Watch for Kathleen’s full report of the London event coming soon!

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She Leads America/UK Summit at Windsor Castle Welcomes Media Executive Kathleen Cooke

She Leads America/UK Summit at Windsor Castle Welcomes Media Executive Kathleen Cooke

On special invitation, Kathleen Cooke will join 50 nationally recognized women of distinction from the U.S. and UK at Windsor Castle to explore faith-based solutions to counteract the attack on biblical values within our cultures.

Los Angeles, CA (May 8, 2024) — In 2022, Kathleen Cooke was awarded a national congressional award from She Leads America Award for Distinguished Work in Media and Entertainment. This June, she is invited to a strategic gathering of 50 women of influence from the U.S. and UK at Windsor Castle in London. With high-profile U.S. delegates that include Dr. Alveda King, State Representative Nancy DeBoer, and award-winning author Bodie Thoene, and U.K. delegates Lady Carol Baker, Helena Croft MBE, and Dr. Sheena Tranter, the landmark gathering will feature discussions on the challenges confronting both countries as biblical values are threatened, and will explore faith-based solutions to address those challenges.

“Only with the combined efforts of distinguished and leading voices will we be able to cut through the challenges we face on either side of the pond,” shares Kathleen Cooke, global director for Influence Women and co-founder of Cooke Media Group based in LA.  She adds, “Leadership matters, and leaders supporting leaders turn the dial.”

Liz Doyle, founder and executive director of She Leads America shares the vision behind the UK Summit prompted by what she terms an “unprecedented simultaneous attack” on Christian values. “We are eager to meet our sisters across the Atlantic to learn about the unique challenges in Britain and how they are addressing the global crisis we all find ourselves in.”

She Leads America is an organization of accomplished Christian women from across the U.S. representing a broad spectrum of women of distinction, recognized by their peers and state and national government. The UK Summit offers an opportunity for strategic thinking and collaboration to approach the issues facing our societies from a biblical and prayerful perspective.

Partner with The Influence Lab! Your generous gift helps with logistical expenses for this trip.

Selected by special invitation to attend the UK Summit, Kathleen Cooke will share on media and the arts, offering insight on how media can effectively change the culture’s mindset toward Kingdom values and truths. To help sponsor the logistical expenses, donations can be directed to the nonprofit The Influence Lab at https://influencelab.com/donate. To interview Kathleen, contact info@influencewomen.org.

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About Kathleen Cooke, Global Director – Influence Women
Kathleen Cooke is the co-founder of Cooke Media Group and The Influence Lab, and the global director of Influence Women, nonprofit organization for Christian media professionals with offering mentorship, career development and a faith community for women in the film, television and arts industries. Author of “Hope 4 Today: Stay Connected to God in a Distracted Culture,” she has appeared on top national and international radio, podcast and television shows including CBN and TBN, and her articles carried by Avail Leadership and Charisma Magazine. Find out more at KathleenCooke.com and InfluenceWomen.org

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Female Filmmakers Gather at NRB 2024 for Kathleen Cooke’s Influence Women Initiative

Female Filmmakers Gather at NRB 2024 for Kathleen Cooke’s Influence Women Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Award-winning producer and media executive Kathleen Cooke gathers women in media at NRB 2024 in Nashville for connection and collaboration opportunities within Influence Women.

Los Angeles, CA (February 6, 2024) — Birthed in Hollywood and expanding to production hubs nationwide, Influence Women is raising a new generation of professional female leaders in media, entertainment and the arts. Founded by media executive Kathleen Cooke, the women’s initiative will host a special gathering for women in media at NRB 2024 in Nashville. “Connect and Collaborate – An Influence Women Event at NRB” will feature women who are “leading the way” in creating movies, TV shows, music and artistic projects with excellence on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

“Influence Women are developing and creating projects – films, books, podcasts and other creative works that influence our culture in positive ways,” states Kathleen Cooke. “Despite the challenges in the industry, these women are finding ways to ‘make it happen’ and achieve success.”

Influence Women hosts the “Connect and Collaborate” event at NRB 2024.

Founded in 2014 under the umbrella of the nonprofit The Influence Lab, Cooke’s initial goal for the Hollywood women’s group was to inspire thought, educate, and ignite Christian women working in media and entertainment. Influence Women experienced explosive growth from those beginnings, expanding to Orange County, California, and then spreading across the country to Nashville, Atlanta, and Baton Rouge, with a new branch launching this month in Houston.

Focusing on mentorship and leadership programs, Influence Women provides a powerful platform for women to be a force for change in the entertainment industry. Additionally, the group offers Christian community and helps women build the kind of faith that will unleash their calling and purpose in the film, television and creative arts industries.

To interview Kathleen Cooke during NRB 2024, email laura@laurawoodworth.com.
To attend “Connect and Collaborate – An Influence Women Event at NRB” register here.

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About Kathleen Cooke, Founder – Influence Women
Co-Founder/Media Executive, The Influence Lab/Cooke Media Group

Kathleen Cooke is an award-winning producer, actor, speaker, writer, and co-founder of Cooke Media Group and the nonprofit The Influence Lab. She leads Influence Women, a nonprofit organization for Christian media professionals with branches in Hollywood, Orange County, Atlanta, Nashville and Baton Rouge offering mentorship, career development and a faith community for women in the film, television and arts industries. Author of “Hope 4 Today: Stay Connected to God in a Distracted Culture,” she has appeared on top national and international radio, podcast and television shows including CBN and TBN, and her articles carried by Avail Leadership and Charisma Magazine. Find out more at KathleenCooke.com and InfluenceWomen.org

 

Netflix “Sweet Magnolias” Showrunner Helps Kick Off New Influence Lab Atlanta Women’s Chapter

Netflix “Sweet Magnolias” Showrunner Helps Kick Off New Influence Lab Atlanta Women’s Chapter

Based in Los Angeles, The Influence Lab kicked off its new Influence Lab Atlanta Women’s chapter with a meeting featuring Netflix showrunner Sheryl J. Anderson of the hit series “Sweet Magnolias.” 

Los Angeles, CA (June 16, 2022) – Cofounded by media executives Phil and Kathleen Cooke with a vision to transform culture through media, the Los Angeles-based The Influence Lab extended its impact this past week with the inaugural meeting of the Influence Lab Atlanta Women’s chapter. The in-person June event featured Sheryl J. Anderson, creator and showrunner of the Netflix hit series, “Sweet Magnolias.”

Called the “Hollywood of the South,” Atlanta is a growing hub of film and television production with tax incentives drawing in major Hollywood productions and new studios. With the growing film crew base comes a need for community, which was one of the compelling reasons to launch the new Influence Lab Atlanta Women’s chapter. Anderson’s Netflix show is filming in Atlanta and presented an opportunity to have the seasoned showrunner speak at the event.

“Remember we are living on God’s schedule,” Sheryl encouraged the attending female actors, producers, directors and crew members based in Atlanta. “Figure out your path in this industry and it will come to pass in God’s time.” In an industry that can be prone to “people-pleasing” to advance your career, she admonished the women, “You can never please others at the expense of yourself or your work.”

Flying in from Los Angeles for the event, Kathleen Cooke was accompanied by Influence Lab Women Events director Ayanna Anene. Anna Oakley, the Influence Lab Atlanta Women coordinator and representatives of the Hollywood Prayer Network in Atlanta opened the evening in prayer.

“We heard thank you’s over and over again,” shared Kathleen Cooke after the gathering. “There’s a growing community of women who want to align their faith as they work in the new Atlanta ‘Hollywood South’ industry.”

Watch for the replay of the Atlanta meeting at https://influencelab.com  For more information about the Atlanta Influence Lab Women’s chapter or the Hollywood Influence Lab Women’s base, contact info@influencelab.com.