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Changemakers Conference

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With keynote Lauren Ridloff

Join LEAD for the 8th annual Changemakers Conference with keynote speaker Lauren Ridloff.

Lauren Ridloff has blazed new trails for deaf performers both on the stage and screen. In 2019, she was cast as Makkari, the first Deaf superhero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe She’ll appear in the upcoming 2021 film, "The Eternals," opposite Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjani.

She is also a series regular on one of TV’s most popular shows, "The Walking Dead." Lauren was nominated for a Tony Award for Lead Actress in a play for her Broadway debut in "Children of a Lesser God." She was called a “sensational find” by Ben Brantley of the New York Times and credited with a “blistering, knockout debut” by the Times’ Jesse Green.

She has guest-starred on NBC’s "New Amsterdam" and The CW’s "Legacies." Ridloff has supporting roles in the upcoming indies "The Magnificent Meyersons" and "Sound of Metal," after appearing in Todd Haynes’ Palme D’Or-nominated Cannes film, "Wonderstruck." A former Miss Deaf America, Lauren is of African-American and Mexican descent. The Chicago native resides with her husband and two sons in Brooklyn, New York.

We also encourage you to explore the Changemakers Conference website for more information on the conference as well as changemakers week. 

When 2:30pm
Melissa Arroyo

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