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Meet Dee Poku, CEO of WIE Network and Brooklyn-Based Mama

Written by Erin Feher

Photography by Photography by Dina Kantor

It’s not hard to imagine Dee Poku as a power player in Hollywood—she’s confident, whip smart, and has a million-dollar smile. But it was during her years as an industry executive working on blockbusters including No Country for Old Men, Brokeback Mountain, and Lost in Translation that she also got an insiders’ look at the shameful lack of diversity at the top. As a black woman in that world, she felt firsthand the pitfalls of having no internal support network or mentors to draw on. So, she built her own. She left Hollywood and launched WIE (Women, Inspiration, & Enterprise), an influential leadership network and platform for women. Today the organization is comprised of several brands, all designed to advance and connect women in the workplace—the WIE Network, The Other Festival, A Dinner For Ladies, and Black Women Raise. Her professional shift accompanied a geographical one—she now makes her home in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband and son in a classic brownstone. But she still crisscrosses the country (and the world) spreading her message of strength in numbers and attending to her growing company. And we are thrilled her next stop will be at our very own In Good Company conference this Friday in San Francisco. She’s given us a peek into her work and life right here, but if you’re in the Bay Area, don’t miss the chance to hear Dee (along with nearly 20 other brilliant women leaders) tell her full story in person (tickets are available here!) In the meantime, click through the slideshow below to read more about how Dee went from movie set to female-focused startup, and get a glimpse into her sunny, stylish home.

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