Board of Directors

Careen Yapp

Board Chair

Careen Yapp is currently a member of Google Stadia’s Strategic Partnerships team.  Prior to joining Google, Yapp served as Senior Vice President of Global Business for Mixed Dimensions, where she was responsible for strategic direction and pursuit of new business development opportunities.  She also served in key business development and licensing roles at Gaikai, a division of Sony Computer Entertainment, Konami Digital Entertainment, D3Publisher of America and THQ where she led in the acquisition and development of high-profile franchises from top video game publishers and licensors including Ubisoft, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks, Fox, Marvel, Mattel, Microsoft and Lego and strategic promotions with Universal Studios, the Smithsonian, Taco Bell, and Hot Topic.  She currently serves as a board member for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation and Women in Games International, and has served as a member for the Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA) Board and Game Connection Advisory Board.

Jameelah Bealum

Vice Chair

Jameelah Bealum has enjoyed a dedicated career at Disney, spanning almost 20 years. She began her career as a Finance intern at Disney Consumer Products, where she proved to be a valuable asset. After a 6-year stint with Disney Interactive’s Accounting team, Jameelah was tagged to manage the valued relationships with Disney’s global mobile and console gaming partners. In her current role as Senior Manager, Business Development for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products (DPEP), Jameelah’s focus is now on developing interactive experiences on new and emerging tech platforms including smart speakers and mobile augmented reality devices.

 

Jameelah is an unapologetic advocate for inclusivity. “My goal in life is to knock down doors and leave them open for those behind me.” She utilizes her advocacy as the former Co-Chair and now Advisor of Wakanda@Disney; a Disney business employee resource group, focused on building and fostering the African American community and influence within DPEP’s business. She also serves on the board of STEAM:CODERS and is an avid Disney VoluntEAR, 13 years running. 

Board Secretary

Christina Seelye

Christina Seelye is the founder and CEO of global video game publisher Maximum Games, as well as the company’s indie label, Modus Games. Founded in 2009, Maximum Games is one of the fastest growing top 20 full-service publishers in the industry today. Under Christina’s leadership, Maximum Games has been the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions, including SF Business Times’ “Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Inc. 5000’s “Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America” lists for five consecutive years. Christina’s ambitious business initiatives have been a constant driver of success for her company and has resulted in the acquisition of its first internal development studio, Modus Studios Brazil, in just two years following Modus Games’ creation. Christina currently divides her time between managing her company in the San Francisco Bay Area and attending the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School in Boston.

Megan Clary

Board Treasurer

Meg Clary is your typical numbers nerd. By day, she is a financial analyst and by night, she is WIGI’s board treasurer. Meg has been working in the nonprofit industry with over 10 years experience. Crunching numbers with a purpose has always been her passion. This is exactly what drew her to WIGI. To Meg, having the chance to be on the board for a nonprofit committed to making sure there is representation for all in the gaming industry was something she had to be apart of. 

 

When she’s not thinking about numbers all day, she is usually eating pizza or day dreaming about where to travel to next. 

Alyssa Sweetman

Development & Fundraising Committee Chair

Alyssa Sweetman, a maven of modern philanthropy, empowers marketers, charities and content creators with navigating the intricate space of influencer fundraising. Her collaborations are adapted partnerships that develop a strategy tailored to every case.

 

Her roots are in the gaming space founding a charity fundraising team highlighting her storytelling craft. An indispensable strength that defines her drive at Twitch in her role of Director of Creator Social Impact.

 

She is excited to bring her penchant for creative storytelling through the fundraising journey to WIGI; which exemplifies her passion in inspiring creators and democratizing their voices.

Cara LaForge

Public Policy Committee Chair

Cara spent the first half of her career as an expert in international civil procedure, compelling evidence from reluctant foreign witnesses for securities fraud litigations.

 

In 2009, she pivoted and founded a digital media company Day[9]TV, with her younger son, producing game content, esports events and game launches for companies like Blizzard, RedBull and 38 Studios.

 

In 2015, she joined Blizzard Entertainment to work on the business side of esports and on policies around issues like diversity, women in esports, esports betting, and matchfixing.

 

She is now business operations lead for Frost Giant, a newly formed studio working on the next, great RTS game.   She continues to have a passion for supporting women throughout the gaming industry.

Her greatest achievement is giving birth to two sons, Nick and Sean Plott, whom she thinks are the funniest people on the planet. They are former StarCraft pros, now casters and steamers, better known as Day[9] and Tasteless.