Trina DasGupta, CEO & Founder
Trina DasGupta is an award-winning producer, director, writer, and entrepreneur. Currently, she serves as Founder & CEO of Single Palm Tree Productions (SPT), a media company dedicated to leveraging entertainment to help build cultural understanding. SPT’s partners have included The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Apollo Theater, Girls Who Code, Vimeo, and Comedy Central Africa.
An interdisciplinary creative, Trina’s career has spanned the television, non-profit, political, and mobile industries. In television, she has worked across the Viacom brands, in particular MTV Networks, bringing in $31 million in new revenue in two years with her branded entertainment productions for top brands, such as Coca-Cola and AT&T. In mobile, Trina ran the global public-private partnership, mWomen, designing an international movement to increase women's access to technology and raising $11 million in one year for the initiative, which was launched by then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and 35+ business partners, such as Google, Airtel and Vodafone. Trina has also advised the U.S., Australian, British and other governments on the use of technology in emerging markets, created the world's first mobile social network dedicated to HIV prevention and produced original content in 12 languages across television, radio, print and digital for South Africa's largest non-profit, loveLife. Additionally, she is a regular consultant with clients including Sesame Workshop, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Democratic National Committee, among others.
Trina's culture shift work also won a Cannes Lion for the viral video, "Why can't girls code?", and her virtual reality project, "In Your Shoes," won the National Association of Broadcasters Innovation prize.
Trina is a frequent public speaker, including at prestigious events such as the Clinton Global Initiative, SXSW, the Paley Center for Media, Advertising Week, the Council for Foreign Relations and the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees from the Wharton School of Business and the Annenburg School of Communications and also sits on the Board of Directors of Girls Who Code.
Lauren Lizardo, COO
Lauren serves as the interim COO of Single Palm Tree Productions. She brings over ten years experience of developing business operations, including being the Founder and Principal of Lizardo Consulting, a firm that advises small business enterprises on launching services and products using the best technological solutions.
Her background includes start-up environments, international work, and transition planning and execution. She has prepared companies for sale including leading one company sale to an Employee Stock Ownership Trust, making it 100% employee owned, implemented data systems, restructured teams, engineered processes, and built company infrastructure from scratch. At SPT, Lauren advises the company on all matters from technology to hiring. The cornerstone of Lauren's style is to build lean, nimble infrastructure appropriate to a company’s lifecycle. She is known for her versatility, breadth of skills and capacity to see the big picture, allowing it to inform the steps needed to build a company.
As a lifelong adventurer, she has found herself floating on Antarctic waters and sleeping under the stars in various countries. Like Trina, Lauren has been fortunate enough to witness many amazing stories abroad and laugh her way through her travels. She joins SPT to support its devotion to celebrating all that makes us the same.
Megan Mulholland, Director of Content Marketing
Megan is the Director of Content Marketing for Single Palm Tree Productions. With a background in the media/entertainment, non-profit, political/advocacy and tech industries through both her studies and professional career, Megan brings a critical perspective and a strategic angle to her work. As a member of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society and graduate of the Culture & Media Studies program at The New School, Megan wrote her senior thesis on how representations of identity in mainstream American television affect social and political understandings. She was excited to come on board with SPT in April 2013 because she recognizes the vision of the company's founder, Trina DasGupta, as something game-changing, and perhaps even necessary for the future of American media.
Megan previously worked with ad-tech start-up LocalResponse in its early stages, conceptualizing creative and strategic planning for all client-based campaigns. Megan also co-founded and continues to help manage a non-profit organization focused on advocacy and leadership development. As Co-Director at QUEEROCRACY, a grassroots organization that develops LGBTQ leaders to organize around issues like HIV/AIDS, the criminal justice system, and immigration reform, Megan raised over $100,000 for the organization and has been integral in the the strategic vision and development of all campaigns and projects. Working as a consultant for several other non-profit advocacy organizations such as Health Global Access Project, We Can End AIDS Mobilization, and many coalitions groups, Megan has assisted with graphic design, strategic branding, campaign development and more.
Both a traveler and an activist, Megan is deeply invested in being part of a company that curates and shares content that brings cultural perspectives beyond those of mainstream America to mainstream America, but perhaps more importantly, content that is created by people from within those cultural perspectives.