3rd Annual McNair Scholars Conference Keynote Address & Invited Speakers

Friday keynote Speaker: Talithia Williams

Saturday keynote Speaker: Niija Kuykendall


Upon graduating from Brown University in Providence, RI with a BA in Anthropology & Media Studies, Niija Kuykendall started her career in media as the Editorial Associate to the spokesperson of Viacom Inc. in New York City. She moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to make the transition from corporate relations to film as a Development Assistant for Beacon Pictures where she was promoted to Story Editor after overseeing production of Bring It On: All Or Nothing. Ms. Kuykendall joined twentieth Century Fox as a Creative Executive where she worked on movies such as Alien Vs. Predator, Requiem, and Hitman. Currently, Ms. Kuykendall is a Vice president of Production at Warner Bros. Pictures where she has worked on movies such as Red Riding Hood, Arthur, Contagion, Dark Shadows, Magic Mike as well as the upcoming Argo and Gangster Squad.