SANDRA LORD

 

BIO

Founder of Women Helping Women, Sandra Lord.

Decidedly different...

 

Simply put, Sandra Lord is a maverick and is not one to be “pigeon-holed,” limited or daunted.

Decidedly different, this multi-talented, multi-faceted Caribbean native delights in “innovative concepts,” and is known for her ingenious strategies, as well as ground-breaking networking ideas, events and opportunities.

Whether producing an event, strategizing with clients regarding career or business brand and direction, or creating, writing, producing or directing a project, she has developed, in her own inimitable style, a reputation for “thinking outside the box.”
 

Producer, Award-winning Events

 

Highly respected by her peers, Sandra Lord has played a crucial role in Hollywood over the last several years. A key figure in facilitating access and connections in Hollywood, Ms. Lord is the founder of the popular, award winning Hollywood Networking Breakfast®, (Best Networking Event in L.A.), which she started on the Paramount Studios lot in 1993. For the past 15 years she has hosted Academy®, Golden Globe, Peabody and Emmy® Award winners and nominees, as well as top Hollywood professionals, such as Paula Wagner, John Singleton, Laura Ziskin, Lynda Obst, Tom Ortenberg, David E. Kelley, Henry Winkler, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall and Mario Van Peebles, among many others. Other endeavors include, Women Helping Women, Creative & Business Career Strategies, Changing Images In America, the Chia Awards, the Post Oscar Showcase, Hollywood Global Entertainment Network®, and In the Loop e-magazine, among others. In January 2008, she successfully launched The Great Hollywood Mixer, titled Connectworking: Six Degrees of Separation...The Rolodex Effect,™ at the prestigious Aqua Lounge in Beverly Hills. With over 2,000 people clamoring to be admitted, the mixer was an instant hit!

 

Hollywood Support & Political Recognition


Ms. Lord brings style, integrity and professionalism
to all of her ventures. Always ahead of the pack, her projects and events stand out and continue to set the standard and serve as the “blueprint” for many entertainment industry activities. Her events have attracted the participation of studio heads, A-List players, music A&R executives and celebrities, as well as the support of major entities such as Universal Pictures, NBC, Disney, ABC, Writers Guild of America, west, Screen Actors Guild, Final Draft, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Baseline Studio Systems, Hollywood Creative Directory, and Backstage West.

A strong proponent of diversity and empowerment, she has been recognized by President Bill Clinton, Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for her outstanding ability to provide to people of diverse backgrounds, invaluable access to key entertainment industry players.
 

Strategist


Ms. Lord also serves as a consultant/coach/strategist to professionals in and out of the entertainment industry, tapping into her extensive background in business and entertainment career management. Her clients have included business owners, entrepreneurs, business professionals, executives,  talent managers, writers, producers, directors, actors, singers, songwriters, event producers, and others -- some of whom have described her services as “life-changing.” She strongly believes that to advance in any business on any level, especially in the entertainment industry, one has to invest in building relationships and expand their circle of connections. It is “all about who you know and just as importantly, “who knows you.”


As a career strategist and networking specialist, Sandra Lord helps her creative and business clients get on the right track with regard to their businesses, career pursuits, goals, special events, projects, productions and one-man/one-woman shows. She helps clients develop a unique action plan for success designed to take control of their professional pursuits, closely strategizes with them on how to implement that plan, teaches how to utilize the tricks of the trade, and shows them how to create their own network of access, opportunity and success. She also encourages clients to challenge the status quo in order to stand out from the competition and make a difference in the process.

 

Motivational Speaker


Sandra Lord is also known for her extraordinary commitment to inspiring others to accomplish their goals. Since being approached by the Learning Annex to conduct her successful seminar on networking and strategizing for business and career, Ms. Lord has forged a new career as a motivational speaker. At the root of everything she does is the deep passion she has for fostering esteem, confidence, self empowerment, inclusiveness and diversity. She believes that no matter how well-educated, good looking, talented or rich, one truly has nothing if one has no sense of self. Now on the lecture circuit speaking on her varied background and experiences, her infectious confidence continues to inspire thousands and serves as a valuable impetus to help them successfully move forward in their goals. Recent speaking engagements include University of Southern California (USC) and Great American Pitchfest.

 

Celebrity Background


Sandra Lord grew up as a celebrity in the Caribbean, where she started a singing career at the tender age of 3. She went on to thrill audiences at some of the world’s famous venues, such as New York’s Madison Square Garden and London’s Hammersmith Palais, Montreal’s Verdun Auditorium and other top venues in the U.S., Canada, Venezuela and the Caribbean. She has garnered rave reviews for her performances, scored a #1 record on the New York charts, many hits in the Caribbean, as well as television specials, and has been featured in several publications such as New York's Daily News.  She has performed before some members of the British Royal Family and is the recipient of the only fellowship ever granted for study in voice, by the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington.
 

Varied Experiences


No longer performing, Ms. Lord has gone on to develop, write, produce, host, and direct projects in the British West Indies, New York and Los Angeles,  interfacing with the music, film and television industries and the business community. She is also a published writer-columnist-reviewer-songwriter, produced playwright, talk show host, producer, director, publisher, Editor in Chief, and entrepreneur.  

Sandra Lord maintains a hectic schedule. She is the Founder & CEO of Creative & Business Career  Strategies (through which she guides the careers, projects and businesses of professionals in and out of the entertainment industry); Changing Images in America (which promotes diversity in entertainment);
Women Helping Women,  the inventive professional and business networking group whose programs provide unmatched opportunities to learn, schmooze, and connect in a unique format, and which encourages women in entertainment to hire, inspire, empower, and collaborate with each other; Hollywood Global Entertainment Network (an online meeting and networking space for industry professionals in 27 countries, founded at the Cannes Film Festival); and Lord Entertainment Group, where she is currently developing television, feature film and special event properties -- she most recently served as executive producer, producer and director on “Brat Girls,” and completed production on a television pilot, “Start to Finish.” She is also the Co-Founder and CEO of TST Productions. The music extravaganza , Tomorrow’s Stars, featured- on the nationally-syndicated entertainment show, Extra, is a product of TST productions, which she co-founded with Allison Lord-Butcher and Jackie Jackson, former member of the Jackson’s 5 and brother to music icons Janet and Michael.
 

Secrets to Success


Lord attributes her success to a strong spiritual base, careful planning and strategizing, “out-of-the-box thinking,” a prescient gift for “gauging and knowing what makes people tick” …and with regard to the entertainment industry, “having a keen understanding of the psyche of Hollywood.”