Featured contributors: Women shaping their industries

From left to right: Sarah Elmaleh, Jennifer Paz, Kiki Wolfkill, Michele Morrow.

From left to right: Sarah Elmaleh, Jennifer Paz, Kiki Wolfkill, Michele Morrow.

Groundbreaking may be an understatement for these four gaming and entertainment leaders who are shaping the industry.

We’re so excited to introduce them to you, so let’s jump right to it.

A friendly reminder: GeekGirlCon is almost here! Get your passes now here if you haven’t already!

Sarah Elmaleh

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Sarah Elmaleh is an actor and advocate for games, developers, and games performance. Best known for voicing player character Katie in Gone Home, she can be heard in a wide variety of titles: Galak-Z to Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Gravity Ghost to the upcoming For Honor (as the female Viking Raider.)

People have called her ‘the Nolan North of indie games’ or ‘the queen of the Indie MEGABOOTH’ – but she prefers the fan-dubbed title of ‘Sean Bean of Wadjet Eye Games,’ for her many ill-fated appearances with the studio.

Elmaleh will be appearing in:

  • Q&A with Ashly Burch and Sarah Elmaleh in Room Tahoma 3/4 – Garnet on Saturday at noon
  • Wait…I Know That Voice in Room Tahoma 3/4 – Garnet on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Jennifer Paz

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Jennifer Paz can currently be heard as the voice of Lapis Lazuli on 2-time Emmy nominated animated Cartoon Network series Steven Universe. For her work on the ground breaking series, she was honored with a 2014 Behind the Voice Actors Award. Check out a Lapis Lazuli clip below!

Her TV, film and recording credits include Can’t Hardly Wait, Santa with Muscles, and Disney’s The Lost Chords recording series as Cinderella, among others. Jennifer made her professional debut in the Broadway blockbuster hit musical Miss Saigon where she starred as Kim on the 1st National Broadway US Tour. Read more about her experience on our Featured Contributors page here!

Jennifer is a proud Pacific Northwest native where she has worked locally with the 5th Avenue Theatre.

Jennifer is a proud member of singing group Mama Bares alongside fellow Steven Universe co-star Deedee Magno Hall (voice of Pearl). You can find them on Youtube singing their viral parody hit Rolls Royce (Lorde’s Royals) hereFollow her at @Jennifer_Paz.

Paz will be appearing in:

  • Wait…I Know That Voice in Room Tahoma 3/4 – Garnet on Sunday at 10:30am
  • Magic, Music, & Friendship: Steven Universe in Room Tahoma 3/4 – Garnet on Sunday at 1:30pm.
  • Paz will be in the signing area on Level 3 on Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m.

Kiki Wolfkill

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Kiki Wolfkill heads up 343 Industries’ transmedia and entertainment efforts.

She served as Executive Producer on the digital series Halo: The Fall of Reach, Halo: Nightfall, the upcoming Halo television series, as well as the Halo Channel experience on Xbox One, PC, and mobile platforms.

Kiki talked about her success in contrasting spaces in this incredible feature story on Microsoft’s website here.

“I never felt there were things I shouldn’t be doing by virtue of my being a girl. If my dad taught my brother to use a bow and arrow or gun, he taught me too,” – Kiki Wolfkill.

As a passionate storyteller both in and out of games, Kiki brings together her production background and her creative leadership to deliver on the next chapter in Halo’s expansive universe. An industry veteran of nearly 20 years, Kiki’s career in games began in the visual arts, where she eventually became Director of Art of Microsoft Studios. Read more about her experience on our Featured Contributors page here!

Wolfkill will be appearing in Journey into the Gaming Industry in Room Tahoma 3/4 – Garnet on Saturday at 12 p.m.

Michele Morrow

GGC’16 Featured Contributor | Michele Morrow from GeekGirlCon on Vimeo.

Michele Morrow started her career as a horror movie actress, with more than a dozen titles to her name, and when she made the leap from horror to gaming she quickly rose to the top as one of the most in-demand hosts for video games and nerd culture.

Her current resume includes voice acting, podcasting, and hosting one of the biggest eSports events in the country. She is the co-Anchor of Blizzcon 2016, host of Bleacher Report’s daily eSports show “eStream”, co-host of the Status Effect podcast, and voices Gwen in the upcoming Embers of War.

Status Effect episodes run as long as an hour, and if you’re not already a fan, then you can check out a snippet below from a couple of months ago.

Morrow will be appearing in:

  • Wait…I Know That Voice in Room Tahoma 3/4 – Garnet on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Morrow will be in the signing area on Level 3 on Saturday from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

At our two-day convention in October, GeekGirlCon sets up an inclusive environment in the heart of downtown Seattle to celebrate every geek and honor the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; game play and game design; and beyond. GeekGirlCon is only days away! Get your passes now here!

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