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2015 Gala Speakers & Entertainment
Chad Griffin is the president of the Human Rights Campaign. Griffin spent the early part of his career in California, working at the intersection of Hollywood and politics to take on entrenched interests and shape key national debates. Griffin led successful statewide campaigns that secured billions for stem cell research and hundreds of million annually for early childhood education. But as the battle over Proposition 8 raged in 2008, Griffin found the cause of a lifetime in the fight for LGBT equality.
Samira Wiley is best known for her starring role as inmate Poussey Washington, a moral compass among the inmates on the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black”. Wiley can also be seen playing Agent Annie Bell in Rob the Mob. The film is an American crime drama directed by Raymond De Felitta.
Wiley was seen in the films Being Flynn and The Sitter. Her television appearances include “Person of Interest” and a recurring role on “Unforgettable.”
Wiley is a graduate of The Julliard School and currently resides in New York City.
When you hear the name Crystal Waters, you immediately think of a 20-year brand and career that continues to engage and please her enormous fan base.
She is best known for 1991’s “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” and 1994’s “100% Pure Love.” Her accolades include three American Music Award nominations, a MTV Video Music Award nod four Billboard Music Awards and 6 ASCAP Songwriter Awards.
She collaborated with Alex Gaudino in 2009 on “Destination Calabria” for another #1 European hit. In 2012, “Le Bump” her collaboration with Yolanda Be Cool (We Speak No Americano) gained her another number 1 spot on the Beatport House Chart, and with DJ Chris Cox in 2013 the #1 Billboard Dance Chart Hit “Mama Hey” was listed as one of Billboard’s “Top 50 Dance Songs of 2013”.