Leah Daniels-Butler is a casting director and producer most notable for launching the careers of gifted actors like Best Actress Nominee and one-time Harem resident Gaborey Sidebe, star of the Academy Award winning film “Precious.”
She is credited with securing talent for both blockbuster and award-winning films like “2 Fast 2 Furious” and Lee Daniels, “The Butler” and as Casting Director for television’s #1 show, “Empire.”
Her ongoing commitment to championing the inclusion and representation of diverse acting casts of color, gender and ability has guided her career path to being appointed a National Board Director for the Casting Society of America, spearheading the CSA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Daniels-Butler dedicates her time to helping shape the second chance futures of women in her community as Board Director for “A New Way to Life ReEntry Project,” an organization that provides housing and support to formerly incarcerated women in South Central Los Angeles.
RespectAbility Board Member Steven James Tingus will be introducing Daniels-Butler. A national expert on disability, aging and healthcare policy, he currently is advocating for diversity and inclusion within the entertainment industry. Tingus has worked with Daniels-Butler on disability inclusion in her casting work in Hollywood and helped develop a successful summit on disability inclusion with SAG-AFTRA last year.
Speakers (to be updated):
- Eleanor Clift, author of Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment (Turning Points in History) and Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Politics
- Calvin Harris, The Bipartisan Policy Center
- Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President, RespectAbility
- Tommy Morrissey, One-Arm Golfer
- Commissioner Melissa Ortiz, Administration on Disabilities (invited)
- Gerard Robinson, AEI
- Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA)
- Marc Summers, Television Host and author of Everything in Its Place: My Trials and Triumphs with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Donna Walton, Divas With Disabilities Project and author of Shattered Dreams, Broken Pieces
Together we will celebrate the good that can be done to end stigmas and advance opportunities for the 57 million Americans with disabilities.