Keli Lee has been one of the longest-standing pioneers of diverse representation in media history–and one of the originators in TV’s most recent Renaissance. In her previous role as Executive Vice President/Head of Talent and Casting at ABC Network & ABC Studios, she made a career of casting, championing and providing opportunities to diverse talent. In 2001, she founded a live showcase program to address the lack of diverse talent on television. She then evolved this program into a much larger suite of initiatives including mentorships, high school programs and workshops which were later named ABC Discovers. This program provided early opportunities to actors such as Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Jesse Williams, Randall Park, Alexandra Shipp, Meghan Markle and countless other amazing actors, writers and directors working in television and film today.