Marya Bangee is the Vice President of the RISE (Representation, Inclusion Strategies and Engagement) team at the Walt Disney Studios. In this role, she will be working as a creative thought partner with the heads of the different studios under the Disney umbrella, including Marvel, Lucas, Pixar, 20th Century, and Searchlight, on telling culturally representative stories through film and television that are seen by billions of people globally. Her team is responsible for furthering representation across the Studios through content advisement; market strategies; talent acquisition and retainment; and Disney's Launchpad, which is an incubator for diverse emerging filmmakers. Previously, Marya was the Executive Director of Harness, an organization started by America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, and Ryan Piers Williams to center the stories of underrepresented communities in Hollywood. Through her work at Harness, Marya worked with networks, studios, and culture shapers to promote new narratives within popular culture. She has worked with artists like Coldplay, Katy Perry, Natalie Portman, Kerry Washington, Eva Langoria, and hundreds of others to use their platforms for social justice. She also ran her own company, SILA Consulting, which advises on film and television projects, including being the lead consultants on Disney’s live-action Aladdin and the upcoming Ms. Marvel. Marya Bangee is passionate about helping build communities. She started her journey as a community organizer in the Muslim-American community, including leading a national advocacy campaign for the protection of free speech on college campuses. Through her organizing, she has often represented the Muslim-American voice in national media like the New York Times and NPR. After completing her baccalaureate degrees in English and Sociology at UC Irvine, she served as a Project Director at UCLA, working to increase access to higher education in impoverished areas of the city. Seeing the need for communal solutions to the challenges posed by poverty, she completed a six-month residency with the Industrial Areas Foundation. There, Marya studied the works of Saul Alinsky and Marshall Ganz while helping organize a mayoral town hall with a thousand Angelenos and carrying out a series of mobile enrollment clinics for the Affordable Care Act with low-income communities. Marya was selected for the prestigious Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, where she worked on a national senate campaign, staffed California's Speaker of the Assembly, and helped develop part of the ten-year strategic plan for the California Community Foundation. Marya graduated as a Dean’s Merit Scholar from the University of Southern California (USC) with her Masters in Public Administration in 2015, specializing in nonprofit management and public policy. In 2017, she was selected by the Ford Foundation as a Public Voices Fellow, which aims to dramatically increase the impact of spokespeople from underrepresented communities. In 2019, she was part of the inaugural cohort of the Pillars Fund Narrative Change Fellowship, where she helped think through narrative strategies for Muslim communities. In 2020, she was selected as a USC Annenberg Civic Media Fellow, where she is exploring how to cultivate her own creative practice for social change.
Mona Chalabi is an award-winning writer and illustrator. Using words, color and sound, Mona rehumanizes data to help us understand our world and the way we live in it. Mona once worked directly with the type of data that dictates so much in our lives in both the private and nonprofit industry before crafting her own approach in journalism. Over the past decade she has researched genetics, police violence, viral transmission, the cost of dying and so, so much more (including average testicle size). Using bold colorful drawings, viewers are invited to think about the limits and possibilities of what we can and cannot know. By rehumanizing data that feels distant and resensitizing us to data that feels close, Mona provides you with a vocabulary to express that thing you’re experiencing while also letting you know you’re not alone. Hopefully, that’s an empowering thing. Mona works beside windows, sometimes in her hometown, London but usually in Brooklyn where she is writing a book about the ways we talk about money. She is also the executive producer and creative director of an upcoming animated TV show with Ramy Youssef, A24 and Amazon Studios. Her writing and illustrations have been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Guardian where she is currently the data editor. Her video, audio, and production work has been featured on Netflix, NPR, the BBC, and National Geographic. Her work has earned her a Pulitzer Prize, a fellowship at the British Science Association, an Emmy nomination and recognition from the Royal Statistical Society. In recent years, her art has been exhibited at the Tate, the Brooklyn Museum, the Design Museum, and the House of Illustration. She studied international relations in Paris and Arabic in Jordan.
Kwame Rose is a social activist, artist and writer. Rose was originally known for having boldly held mainstream media, particularly Geraldo Rivera of Fox News, accountable for its inaccurate representation of protestors during the Baltimore Uprising. Kwame’s Story is told in the award winning HBO documentary “Baltimore Rising”. Kwame was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. His passion for public speaking once earned him a full scholarship to the University of Texas at San Antonio as a member of the Debate team. Deteriorating social conditions in his hometown of Baltimore prompted the permanent return of the young activist with a firm commitment to improve and serve his community. In 2013, Kwame helped form the organization Brothers In Action, Inc., a mentoring group for young Black males in Baltimore City. After realizing that one way to ensure the narratives of oppressed communities are told accurately, was to take control of the narrative Kwame began writing for a number of publications. Rose has previously writing for Mashable, USA Today, and Abernathy Magazine. Kwame also served as a host for the Real News Network. After writing an article critiquing the Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sander’s lack of engagement with young change agents, Senator Sanders reached out to Kwame about how to reach young people. Kwame then served as a surrogate for Senator Sanders campaign during the 2016 Election. During the COVID-19 Pandemic Kwame helped develop World Central Kitchen’s #ChefsForAmerica program. Kwame continues to use his platform to bring about tangible and equitable changes to communities globally.
Emmy, WGA Award winning and Grammy nominated performer, writer, and producer Wyatt Cenac is NY-based stand-up comedian. Armed with an “attentive, inquisitive perspective” (AV Club) and an “hilariously understated style” (Paste Magazine), he has become a favorite of audiences and critics alike. From 2008 to 2012, Wyatt was a writer and popular correspondent on the hit late-night Comedy Central series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he earned 3 Emmy Awards and one Writer’s Guild Award. Wyatt has appeared as a recurring character on the popular Netflix series Bojack Horseman, Fox’s The Great North and Bob’s Burger, and FX’s Archer. Wyatt also starred in the TBS alien abduction comedy series, People of Earth, alongside Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Ana Gasteyer. Notable amongst Wyatt’s feature work was his leading role in Barry Jenkins’ award winning feature film, Medicine for Melancholy. He was also an Executive Producer on Terrance Nance’s Sundance Film Festival entry An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. In February 2016, A Special Thing Records released Wyatt’s fourth comedy album Furry Dumb Fighter. Wyatt’s second hour-long standup special, Brooklyn, which he also directed, premiered on Netflix in October 2014. The special was also released as a limited-edition vinyl-only album of the same title on Other Music, which was nominated for a 2015 Grammy for Best Comedy Album. The TV hour was listed as one of the “11 Best Standup Specials of 2014” by Vulture and was praised as “some of his best, funniest insights” by The AV Club. Wyatt’s first hour-long special Comedy Person premiered on Comedy Central in May 2011, earning him a spot-on Paste Magazine’s “Best Comedians” list of that year. The album of the special was named one of the “Best Comedy Albums of 2011” by Huffington Post. His standup comedy and variety series Night Train with Wyatt Cenac streamed on NBCUniversal’s comedy-focused subscription-video service SeeSo for two seasons. Wyatt can also be seen in the Emmy nominated digital series aka WYATT CENAC on First Look Media’s Topic.com. Starring, written, and directed by Cenac, aka Wyatt Cenac was nominated in 2018 for the Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, and received a Webby Award nomination for Best Individual Performance. Wyatt recently produced and starred in his own critically acclaimed satirical docuseries for HBO, Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas which was nominated for a GLADD Award and is available to stream on HBOMax. In August 2021, Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) and Cartoon Network Studios (CNS) set an exclusive, multiyear cross-studio overall deal with Cenac, marking his return to producing animation after writing for four seasons on King of the Hill beginning in 2002.
Daniel Dae Kim has captivated global audiences with his transformative performances across film, television and theater. He continues to evolve his body of work in powerful roles and compelling narratives as an actor, director and producer. The prolific actor is a longtime champion of increased diversity and Asian American representation in Hollywood, and has served as an important voice throughout the current surge of violence towards people of Asian descent. His work as an advocate has been documented in the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News Nightline and a ground-breaking five-part PBS documentary. Prior to his seven-season portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on the juggernaut series Hawaii Five-0, Kim was perhaps best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series Lost, for which he shared a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble and was individually honored with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition, all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor. He has been repeatedly recognized with the prestigious KoreAm Driven Award in the field of Arts and Entertainment. In 2015, Kim forged a new path in his career by creating his own production company, 3AD. With a first look deal with Amazon Studios, 3AD strives to feature those traditionally underrepresented in front of, and behind the camera. 3AD has had four successful seasons producing the ABC hit The Good Doctor, which Kim adapted from a Korean format about a doctor with autism and serves as Executive Producer, and has several more projects in development, including a highly anticipated heist movie with Randall Park. It was also recently announced that Kim and 3AD will produce dramedy series ‘Shoot The Moon’ starring Ken Jeong as a part of his first look deal as well. In 2016, Kim received a Broadway Beacon Award for his role as the King of Siam in Lincoln Center's Tony Award-winning production of The King and I, as well as the Theater Legacy Award from New York's Pan Asian Repertory Theater. Previous credits include the films: Hellboy, Insurgent, Allegiant, The Jackal, For The Love of The Game, The Hulk, Spider-Man 2, as well as the Academy Award® winning film Crash. Previous television credits include: The Legend of Kora, Flack, New Amsterdam, Crusade, and 24. Kim has also lent his voice talents to animated series and films, such as the award-winning Studio Ghibli film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, as well as the PBS nature documentary series, Big Pacific, and Asian Americans. Born in Busan, South Korea, and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, Kim discovered acting while a student at Haverford College. After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he began his career on stage, performing in classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Ivanov and A Doll's House. Despite early success, he chose to further his knowledge of the craft by enrolling in New York University's Graduate Acting Program, where he earned his Master's Degree.
Ashley Judd is an author, actor, and social justice humanitarian. She is a leader of the #MeToo movement and a founding member of Time’s Up. Judd has been nominated twice for both Golden Globe and Emmy Awards and received an Independent Spirit Award for her role in RUBY IN PARADISE. Over the years, she has demonstrated her range in a variety of genres and proven to be a box office draw. Judd is a United Nation’s Global Goodwill Ambassador and recently was a Leader in Practice at the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She also serves on the Leadership Council at the International Center for Research on Women. She works with several other NGO’s on global public health, and human trafficking. Judd is a passionate advocate for the right of every girl and boy to enter adulthood safely and empowered, and to ending all forms of sexual and gender-based violence. Her advocacy has taken her to the slums, brothels, schools, hospices, drop-in centers and clinics across Southeast Asia, Sub- Saharan Africa, and Central America. Judd’s experience ranges from attending an obstetric fistula replacement surgery in eastern Congo to advocating to governments and the public sector on behalf of her partnerships and making the data-based argument for gender specific responses. She authored the New York Times bestselling book “All That Is Bitter & Sweet” and was featured in the documentary “A Path Appears,” about sex trafficking and domestic slavery in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a proud American and citizen of the world who is committed to doing her part to help the global family progress toward wellness and peace. When not speaking on panels and conferences, writing, and traveling the world, Ashley enjoys an adventurous and outdoorsy life with her partner.