Feeding the Soul: A Conversation with José Andrés and Laysha Ward
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America Ferrera

2024 Speaker

Keynote Speaker | Emmy, Golden Globe & SAG award-winning Actress, Director, Producer

AMERICA FERRERA is an award-winning actor, director, and producer known for her many iconic roles in TV and film including Ugly Betty, Real Women Have Curves, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Superstore, and most recently Greta Gerwig’s History-making Barbie. For her breakthrough performance in Ugly Betty, Ferrera was awarded an Emmy®, a Screen Actors Guild Award® and a Golden Globe®, as well as ALMA and Imagen Awards. In January 2022, Ferrera was announced as the face of Covergirl’s “Fresh Clean Skincare” collection. Upcoming, Ferrera can be seen in Dumb Money. Subsequently, Ferrera will make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Erika Sánchez’s NYT bestselling novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. In July of 2020, Ferrera was announced as a founding investor of Angel City Football Club, a National Women’s Soccer League team. A longtime activist, Ferrera launched Poderistas in 2020, a digital lifestyle community and non-profit built to inform, affirm, and inspire Latinas to leverage their power and transform their lives, their community, and their nation. In 2016, Ferrera co-founded HARNESS, a community of artists, influencers and grassroots leaders leveraging art and storytelling to power change and create a more equitable world. Ferrera released her first book, a New York Times best-seller, American Like Me. Ferrera founded her own television and film production company, Take Fountain. As a graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrera studied international relations while pursuing her film and television career. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and two children.