Keli Lee - Oct. 20, 2021

Keli Lee (Founder & President, Infinite Possibilities Enterprises)

When: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 3:00-4:15 pm CT
Note: Speaker sessions are subject to change based on evolving guest schedules.

Please join us for a Q&A session where we discuss Keli Lee’s career trajectory, her roles and responsibilities, and her views on the current state of the media industries.

To RSVP, please fill out this form & we will send out the Zoom link day-of. 

Speaker Biography

Named one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television” by The Hollywood Reporter, Keli Lee is a transformational and innovative leader with a successful track record of combining her expertise and passion in business and creative with an industry leading vision for investing in diversity and inclusion. During her 25-year career in media and entertainment, Keli Lee has been responsible for redefining network television with her strategic, iconic and award-winning inclusive and international casting as Executive Vice President of Talent and Casting for The Walt Disney Company’s ABC Television Network and ABC Studios and for her impact on global television in her role as the Managing Director for Disney/ABC Studios International. In this role, she created, built and managed the operations of The Walt Disney Company’s first international TV studio division from start up to producing multi-season, award-nominated series within its first three years.

As the Executive Vice President of Talent and Casting, Keli managed all talent and casting operations, strategy and teams across all ABC Television Network series and ABC Studios content worldwide for more than a decade.  Keli was responsible for casting award-winning TV series that drove global business value and mainstream culture such as Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Scandal, Quantico and recognized with a total of 260 Emmy® and Golden Globe® Awards and nominations in the Outstanding Acting Categories, including Viola Davis’s historic Emmy Award in 2015 as the first African-American actress to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series for How to Get Away with Murder. Keli Lee strategically recruited international talent to ABC Entertainment Group, bringing stars such as Priyanka Chopra Jonas (India), Sofia Vergara (Colombia) and Yunjin Kim (South Korea) to the network, leading to greater commercial appeal globally for ABC Entertainment Group properties.

In 2001, Keli created and launched the industry’s first of its kind talent diversity programs to better reflect global audiences for The Walt Disney Company. The now 20 year-old ABC Discovers is a trail-blazing suite of global, inclusive creative talent recruiting and training programs which “discovered”, mentored and trained over 500 diverse writers, directors and actors including Academy Award®-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, the late multi-award winner Chadwick Boseman, Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez, Meghan Markle, Jesse Williams, Pedro Pascal, Randall Park, and Jermaine Fowler among others.

Keli Lee was awarded TBI Vision’s Contribution to Content Innovation Award in 2019. She was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s “25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television” in both 2017 and 2018 and one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business 1000” in 2015. She served as a board member of NATPE and Step Up Women’s Network, which honored her in 2012 with its Inspiration Award. She is a member of ITV’s new Cultural Advisory Council. She is also a mentor to the Korean government’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism for KOCCA and is a member of the Council of Urban Professionals, for which she received their CUP Catalyst Award in 2014. She is a member of the 2014 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at The Aspen Institute and a member of The Aspen Global Leadership Network.  

Keli is a co-owner of the Chicago Red Stars, the US Professional Women’s Soccer Club and a member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Four of their players played for the Bronze Medal award-winning USA Women’s Team in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and five of their players were part of the world-winning USA 2019 FIFA World Women’s Cup Team. Keli is an investor and Advisory Board member of Sen, a UK-based company with the world’s first 4k video streaming platform that could send video from space to billions of people worldwide. She is also an investor of HumanCo, Yumi, and among others.

Keli Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at NYU. 

Spring 2022 MIC Speakers

March 25 - Hall Hood

Senior Writer, Aspyr Media
2:00-3:00pm CT via Zoom

April 1 - Gracie Arenas Strittmatter

Technical Art Director, Electronic Arts (EA Sports)
2:00-3:00pm CT via Zoom

April 8 - Morgan O'Brien, PhD

Quality Assurance Tester, Aspyr Media
2:00-3:00pm CT via Zoom

April 15 - Jesse Anderson

Brand Manager for BioWare, EA
2:00-3:00pm CT in DMC 1.202 & via Zoom

Fall 2021 MIC Speakers

Aug. 30 - Launching Your Career, Corporate Side (Panel)

Guests include Caterina Nasr (Senior Manager, A&R, Elektra Music), Vance Nguyen (Assistant to VP & Executive Director of Development, 20th Century Animation), Lauren Zimmer (Television Scripted Assistant at Creative Artists Agency), and Hemrani Vyas (Assistant Manager of Programming, TCM).
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Sept. 13 - Launching Your Career, Screenwriters & Agents (Panel)

Guests include Davia Carter (executive story editor, Debris), Jim Ehrich (literary agent, Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston), Kim Tran (staff writer, Space Force), Cindy McCreery (RTF faculty member, Honey Girls)
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Sept. 20 - Mark Hoffman

Chairman, CNBC
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Sept. 27 - Ginny Morris

Chair/CEO, Hubbard Radio, LLC
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Oct. 4 - Mindy Kaling

Actress, writer, producer
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Oct. 11 - Tahirah Gooden

Manager of Original Studio Films, Netflix
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Oct. 18 - Kevin Jarzynski

Senior Development Executive, Amazon Studios
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Oct. 20 - Keli Lee

Founder & President, Infinite Possibilities Enterprises
3:00–4:15 pm CT

Oct. 25 - Colby Gaines

Executive Producer and Founder, Back Roads Entertainment
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 1 - Brandt Joel

Agent & Partner, WME/Endeavor
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 3 - Brian Edwards

President of Television Operations, MGM
3:00-4:15pm CT

Nov. 8 - Lucy Huang

Senior Production Executive, Amazon Studios
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 12 - A Studio Manager's Intro to Post Production for Scripted TV

Michelle Trujillo McKibben (Manager, Original Series Post Production, Netflix)
12:00–1:30 pm CT

Nov. 15 - Maru Buendia-Senties

Senior Post Production Executive, Amazon Studios
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 22 - PJ Shapiro

Entertainment Attorney & Managing Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Nov. 29 - Kyle Davies

Entertainment Distribution and Exhibition Consultant
5:00–6:15 pm CT

Dec. 6 - Jordan Levin

General Manager, Rooster Teeth
5:00–6:15 pm CT