2021 BE Conference Speaker and Mentor Portraits, From Cynthia Erivo to Janet Mock (Photos)

Vivica A. Fox, Dascha Polanco, “Friends” creator Marta Kauffman and more participate in the fifth annual event for women’s networking and mentorship


BE Portrait Gallery split


Cynthia Erivo, actress, singer and producer  

Janet Mock, writer, director and exec producer of “Pose” 

Ashley Park, actress, “Emily in Paris” 

Javicia Leslie, actress, “Batwoman” 

Tess Holliday, body-positive pioneer, activist and model   

Dascha Polanco, actress, “In the Heights” 

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, mountaineer, author, LGBTQ+ activist 

Ariana DeBose, actress, “The Prom” and “West Side Story” 

Tiffany Boone, actress “Hunters” and “Nine Perfect Strangers”  

Geeta V. Patel, director, “The Great” 

Vivica A. Fox, actress, producer and director

Montana Tucker, singer/songwriter, dancer, & actress  

Nicole Walters, CEO of NapNic LLC and star of “She’s the Boss” 

Kelly Mi Li, entrepreneur, star and exec producer of “Bling Empire” 

Elle B. Mambetov, fashion designer and activist 

Maya Penn, Gen-Z entrepreneur and activist 

Asia Hall, entrepreneur, founder of Neon Cowboys 

Marta Kauffman, producer and showrunner, “Grace & Frankie,” founder of Okay Goodnight   

Dana Scruggs, photographer and director 

Skye Townsend, actress, “A Black Lady Sketch Show” 

Molly Bernard, actress, “Younger” 

Tressa Azarel Smallwood, producer and co-founder of Megamind Media  

Susanne Bier, director of “The Undoing” 

Lala Milan, actress and comedian  

Sharifa Murdock, founder, ENVSN & Chief of People and Culture at Kith 

Natalie A. Chao, filmmaker and visual artist
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