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Yara Shahidi

2019 Speaker

YARA SHAHIDI is an actress, model, activist, and breakout star of ABC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe- nominated comedy series black-ish. Last spring, Freeform announced the black-ish spin-off grown-ish. As a young scholar, Shahidi has combined her love for education and empowerment through the formation of Yara’s Club, a partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership Schools (TYWLS). A STEM advocate and technology enthusiast, Shahidi served as a spokesperson for DoSomething.Org and 3M’s STEM campaign. She has been an advocate for women’s issues, diversity in media, girls’ education, and most recently, worked with the United Nations Girl Up initiative. The standout teen was awarded the Daily Point of Light Award from the Points of Light organization in Detroit, honored at Essence Magazine’s 10th anniversary Black Women in Hollywood Awards, and honored with the BET’s Young Star award at the 2017 BET Awards. Shahidi recently graduated with honors from The Dwight School in New York. Shahidi has been awarded a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, a Gracie Award for Female in a Breakthrough Role, and most recently, highlighted on TIME Magazine’s annual 30 Most Influential Teens list. @yarashahidi