This week’s guest is Michelle Kydd Lee. Michelle is the Executive Director of the Foundation at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a talent and literary agency based in Century City. In this role, Ms. Lee serves as a consultant to clients, executives and corporations on their philanthropic and pro-social initiatives.
The CAA Foundation supports teaching and learning in America by using the natural resources of the entertainment community to create positive social change. The Foundation also develops art and technology programs for the underserved schools of Venice, CA, Nashville and New York City, reaching more than 8,000 students and teachers in those communities. The focus of the work is supporting the arts and technology to the underserved.
Michelle also serves on the national board of Project Rebirth, a cinematic landmark chronicling the rebirth of Ground Zero in New York City. Project Rebirth will capture the restoration of the entire World Trade Center site through 35mm time-lapse photography. This project is being produced by Project Rebirth, Inc., a New York nonprofit corporation dedicated to the film’s creation, production and distribution. Michelle also serves on the national board of the Step Up Women’s Network and First Art.
Michelle currently lives with her husband Damon and their sons Carter and Beckett, in Santa Monica Canyon, CA.
For additional reference we’ve included links to some of the people, places and things discussed in this episode:
CAA: A Hollywood Agency With Star Power
Californians for Obama Out to Boost Odds In Nevada
The Official Run DC Shirt
Hillary Clinton at the 2008 DNC
Michelle Obama at the 2008 DNC
Barack Obama at the 2008 DNC
Lara Porzak Photography
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Wedding
Q & A With Richard Lovett
Corporate Social Responsibility
Cause Related Marketing
Angelina Jolie & UNHCR
Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)
Michelynn ‘Miki” Woodard
The One Campaign
Make It Right Foundation New Orleans
Malaria No More
Hulu Superbowl Commercial
Los Angeles Herald Examiner
The Beijing Consensus by Joshua Cooper Ramo
Marian Wright Edelman
The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small