PERSISTICON is the passion project of Diana Kane, Theo Kogan, Lynn Harris, and Leslie King. It is here to take ACTION, build COMMUNITY, make IMPACT, and have FUN. PERSISTICON's inaugural event will support Emily's List and thus ELECT FEMINISTS. Future events will raise money/a ruckus for other key progressive causes.
Our Sponsors AND PARTNERS
Cassandra Alcide Christina Clare Lorin Robyn Goldhirsch CLAUDIA GONSON AMY GROPP FORBES Lauren Gropp Lowry LAUREN himiak Marcelle karp DIXIE LAITE LOri LEIBOVICH DAHLIA LITHWICK KATHY PRICE ANI SINHA Janna Turoff Emily & DC VITo Gillian Thomas Sarah Vitti Emily MCDonnell Jennifer Waverek Judy Goldberg
DIANA KANE ENGLISH
is a comedy writer and digital media marketer for GOLD Comedy. She co-launched a pop culture site Swagger.nyc, and has studied comedy writing at the Jacob Krueger Studio and sketch at the People’s Improv Theater (the PIT).
is a comedy and social justice activist and founder of Privileged Poverty, an online platform for socially conscious comedy and the promotion of up and coming talent. She has worked as a project manager in the translations industry for years and is passionate about music, comedy and all the restorative mediums that entertain, teach and heal “by accident.”
is a writer, editor and small business marketing enthusiast. She's worked for Curious Jane, Parents.com and TimeOut New York, and is passionate about Brooklyn, community-building, great experiences, parenting as an adventure and pretty things.
is the curator of The Art of Resistance, a feed that celebrates social justice art and creative resistance. She’s a photo editor and researcher for book publishing, digital media, and documentary film, and has worked on projects for Hearst, Abrams, PBS, Barnes & Noble, Nat Geo, and Time Inc.
is founder of GOLD Comedy, which aims to give girls/women/”others” the comedy skills to take over the world. She is an award-winning journalist, retired comedian, and former Tonya Harding lookalike (long story).
is a Brooklyn-based designer and owner of the sustainable handbag company, LK. She is also actively working with local and citywide groups committed to addressing and dismantling segregation in NYC public schools.
is best known as the singer of Lunachicks. She was a model, actress and honorary drag queen, a DJ, party promoter and creator/CEO of Armour Beauty lip gloss. Theo grew up in Brooklyn and is currently a pro-makeup artist and mom.
is a prize-winning director/cinematographer who is one of a handful of women featured in Kodak’s “On Film” ad campaign. Her latest film, THE LAST LAUGH, about taboos in humor, features Sarah Silverman, Mel Brooks, and many others, and continues to screen around the world since its premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
Andrew E. Wagner
is an Emmy Award-winning producer with over 25 years of experience developing and managing creative projects of every size and shape imaginable. He has a soft spot for people who want to make the world a better place.