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Laverne Cox

2021 Speaker

LAVERNE COX is a four-time Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy-winning producer, and a prominent equal rights advocate and public speaker.  Her groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is The New Black brought her to the attention of diverse audiences all over the world. This role led to Cox becoming the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a Primetime acting Emmy, and made her the first Trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television series. Cox can currently be seen in the Oscar-winning film Promising Young Woman, and is currently in production on Shonda Rhimes’ 10-episode limited series Inventing Anna for Netflix. She recently appeared in Justin Simien’s independent film Bad Hair. Next up is the action-comedy JOLT.  She recently added podcaster to her resume launching The Laverne Cox Show, with Shondaland Audio and iHeart Radio. Cox is an Emmy-winning producer, and her last documentary Disclosure, which she executive produced, is currently streaming on Netflix. Her other documentaries include the Emmy-winning Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word and Free CeCe. Cox is the first openly transgender person to appear on the covers of TIME Magazine, British Vogue, Cosmopolitan magazine, and Essence magazines among others. Cox also proudly holds two SAG Awards, a Critic’s Choice nomination, and consecutive NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Cox currently has several projects in development. @lavernecox