Guest Speakers


Monday, July 17

Congressman Ted Deutch, represents Florida's 22nd district, home to communities throughout western Palm Beach County and Broward County in sunny South Florida. Now serving his fifth term in the 115th Congress. Click here to read his full bio.


 


Tuesday, July 18

Richard Trumka is president of the 12.5 million-member American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the largest organization of labor unions in the United States. He is an outspoken advocate for social and economic justice. Click here to read his full bio.


 


Kate Shindle was named President of Actors’ Equity Association in May of 2015. She is the youngest member ever to hold the highest ranking position on Equity’s governing national council, and the third woman in Equity’s history elected to the office. Click here to read her full bio.

 


Todd Vradenburg the current Executive Director of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, Todd oversees the organization’s three distinct programs. Click here to read his full bio.


Wednesday, July 19


Gabrielle Carteris was elected SAG-AFTRA president on April 9, 2016. She was previously elected executive vice president from 2013 - 2016. She is the chair of the National TV/Theatrical Contracts Negotiating Committee and leads the President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach and Engagement. Click here to read her full bio.


Russell Hollander is the National Executive Director of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), which protects and extends the creative and economic rights of its nearly 17,000 members working in the U.S. and abroad. Responsible for the DGA’s activities and operations, Hollander also leads the Guild in all its labor negotiations. Click here to read his full bio.


Thomas Schlamme is the President of the Directors Guild of America, and has been on the Guild’s National Board since 2005. He previously served as Third Vice President, and before that as Fifth Vice President. Click here to read his full bio.


Jay Roth is widely known as the longtime National Executive Director of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), which protects and extends the economic and creative rights of its nearly 17,000 members working in the U.S. and abroad. Following his long-planned retirement in May 2017, Mr. Roth began a new role with the Guild as Senior Advisor. Click here to read his full bio.


Thursday, July 20

Spencer MacDonald is national secretary with the BECTU Sector of Prospect, and has overall responsibility for the union’s members in film and independent production, the majority of whom are freelancers. Click here to read his full bio.


Johannes Studinger is Head of UNI – Media, Entertainment & Arts (UNI MEI Global Union) since August 2009, representing 140 unions and guilds in the media, entertainment and arts worldwide. Click here to read his full bio.


Hassan Yussuff was elected president of the Canadian Labour Congress in May 2014, becoming the first person of colour to lead Canada’s labour movement. Delegates voted for change and powerful activism to confront the challenges facing unions across the country. Click here to read his full bio.