CAA Launching Multicultural Business Summit Amplify

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From left: Kerry Washington, Kevin Tsujihara, J.J. Abrams, Anthony Romero

Kerry Washington, Kevin Tsujihara, J.J. Abrams and ACLU executive director Anthony Romero will be among the featured speakers.

CAA is launching Amplify, a summit focused on promoting the growth and visibility of multiculturalism in business.

The invite-only event will be held June 20 in Laguna Beach, Calif., and will bring together multicultural artists and leaders from the worlds of entertainment, sports, media, technology and brand marketing. Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara, ACLU executive director Anthony Romero, Kerry Washington and J.J. Abrams will be among the featured speakers, with more to be announced.

“We have always believed that diverse voices and backgrounds make CAA stronger, and years ago implemented a strategy to address the issues of diversity in our industry,” CAA president Richard Lovett said Friday in a statement. “A natural next step in our continued promotion of inclusion, Amplify will convene influential and impactful multicultural leaders who together will create opportunities to move our business forward.”

Lovett noted that CAA has undergone deliberate efforts to diversify its own ranks and has held programs specifically to support underrepresented talent. Over the past five years, nearly half of the interns in the agency’s global internship program have been women, and roughly 43 percent identify as ethnically diverse. In addition, CAA annually holds events including The Writers’ Boot Camp, a workshop for television writers near the beginning of their careers, and You’re Up, a networking and educational opportunity for diverse individuals climbing the industry ranks.

“We recognize that innovation and progress in our business is going to require bold investment, strategic collaboration and sustained commitment,” said CAA agent Christy Haubegger, a veteran of multicultural media. “By gathering a cross-section of leaders who are doing the work to amplify innovation within their industries, we can create new business opportunities, strengthen our networks and increase attention to some of the most important issues of our times.”