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Mindy Kaling

2016 Speaker

MINDY KALING is an actor, writer, producer and director. She currently stars in the Hulu original comedy series “The Mindy Project,” which she also writes and executive produces. In 2013, the show was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for New Series. In 2014, Kaling and the show earned nominations from the Television Critics Association for Individual Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding Achievement in Comedy respectively. She also earned an NAACP Image award nomination for her performance on the show in 2014. Before “The Mindy Project,” Kaling was best known for her work on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning NBC show “The Office.” In addition to directing, producing, and portraying celebrity-obsessed Kelly Kapoor, Kaling wrote 18 episodes of the series, including the Emmy nominated episode “Niagra.”
In 2005, she made her film debut as the object of Paul Rudd’s unwanted affections in Judd Apatow’s “The 40 Year Old Virgin.” Most recently, she lent her voice to the character Disgust in the Pixar animated film “Inside Out” alongside Amy Poehler and Bill Hader. Kaling will next be seen in “The Night Before” alongside Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Aside from her work in film and television, Kaling is the author of the comedic memoir “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns),” which continues to be featured on New York Times’ and USA Today’s bestseller lists. Kaling’s second memoir “Why Not Me?” was released in September 2015 and is currently featured on the New York Times’ bestseller list. @mindykaling