Tracee Ellis Ross

Actress, comedian, television host and a social advocate for equity

Tracee Ellis Ross continues to skillfully navigate the entertainment industry as an award-winning actress/producer/creative. She is currently starring in black-ish, ABC’s critically acclaimed comedy series. Ross uses her voice and vast social influence to be an advocate for joy, self-acceptance, inclusivity, and equity. She is also a volunteer intent on making a difference in the lives of teenage girls. Most recently, Tracee sat in conversation with Michelle Obama to discuss the Power of Women’s Stories for The New York Times.

Ross continues to use her voice and vast social influence as an advocate for joy and self-acceptance, inclusivity and equity. She is a co-founding signatory of the Time’s Up movement. This past April, Ross opened at the 2018 TED Conference. In November 2017, Ross gave a powerful speech that went viral about dismantling expectations and claiming your own life at Glamour’s Women of the Year Summit. Recently, Tracee moderated the second stop of Michelle Obama’s book tour in Los Angeles on behalf of her memoir “Becoming”.

Ross has taken on a number of hosting duties including the American Music Awards in both 2017 and 2018, the BET Awards in 2015 and 2016 and she was the recurring host of Black Girls Rock from 2013 until 2016. In December 2017, Ross guest hosted Jimmy Kimmel LIVE where she launched “The Handsy Man,” a comedic “children’s book” for men about treating human beings with respect.

In December 2017, she launched “Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney”, an original limited-edition capsule collection for the department store that includes women’s apparel, accessories, and home decor items. Several pieces sold out within the first few days and #TER4JCP brought a 5% increase of new customers making it one of JCPenney’s most successful capsule launches.

Previously on television, Ross starred on the hit sitcom “Girlfriends” which ran for eight seasons and earned her eight NAACP Image Award nominations with wins in 2007 and 2009. Ross also earned the NAACP Image Award for her work in "Reed Between the Lines," which she also produced. Additional television credits include the short film series “Portlandia,” “Grown-ish,” “Broad City,”, “Five”, “Private Practice,” “CSI," and “LIFE Support”. Her feature film credits include "Hanging Up" with Jennifer Connelly and Marcia Gay Harden, and Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Little Girls. Her theatre credits include turns in “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” on stage in New York and Los Angeles.

Ross was awarded an honorary degree as Doctor of Fine Arts by her Alma mater, Brown University in 2015.

Lucia Garay

Lucia Garay, a junior at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, has been a passionate advocate for environmental justice for most of her life, taking part in local conservation projects and spreading awareness about the connection between a healthy community and a healthy environment.

Lucia is also passionate about youth issues and racial inequality. As Chair of the Sonoma County Junior Commission on Human Rights, she has helped organize the Sonoma County March for Our Lives for gun sense legislation and her town's first-ever Women's March.

Lucia is a reporter for her school newspaper, The Gaucho Gazette, and believes in the power of the individual voice to speak up for what is right. Lucia hopes to pursue a career in land stewardship or environmental justice.

Event and Ticket Information

When: March 20, 2019 (Wednesday)
Schedule: 4:30 pm - Mix, Mingle and Nosh
6:30 – 8:30 pm Women in Conversation Speakers
Where: Luther Burbank Center for the Arts 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Questions: Email Ginger Hopkins or 707-546-3600

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