AME Leadership Institute 2020 Featured Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Smriti Mundhra, Director/Producer

Smriti Mundhra is an award-winning director/producer and one of DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 Filmmakers to Watch. Her latest feature, the documentary A Suitable Girl, world premiered in competition at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Magazine and was awarded the Albert Maysles Best Documentary Director prize at the festival. Currently, her television documentary St. Louis Superman is playing at top tier film festivals around the world and her first television ad, Bumble’s “Equal Not Loose” starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas, is on screens across India.

Prior to A Suitable Girl, Smriti produced Bomb the System, a 2004 Independent Spirit Award nominee for Best First Feature, and the SXSW Audience Award winning feature film Waterborne.She also co-produced Punching at the Sun, an official selection of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, as well as over one dozen award-winning short films, including the 2010 Sundance Film Festival official selection and Women In Film award winner “New Media.” She has written, directed and produced both short- and long-form documentary content for BET, Al Jazeera English and other platforms. Her work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent, Women In Film, ITVS, the Bertha Institute and the International Documentary Association, among other esteemed organizations. Smriti’s writing has appeared in Esquire, Vogue India, Filmmaker Magazine, Latina, and the New York Daily News. She is creative consultant to Viacom/BET Digital and Cassius, where her work centers on the intersection of race, feminism, social justice and pop culture. Smriti holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BA from California State University, Northridge and Art Center College of Design. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, screenwriter Christian Magalhães, their daughter Isabel and son Jag.

Keynote Speaker

Seitu jemel hart, Ceo Careers in entertainment---will and jada smith foundation

Since securing his first grant at 14 for young people to discuss violence prevention, Seitu’s career has been an intersection of the philanthropic, nonprofit, education, art, entertainment and fashion sectors.  


Most recently Mr. Hart was hired as Careers in Entertainment first Chief Executive Officer, incubated as an initiative inside the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation bringing the entertainment industry to cities around the country, exposing high school, college students and their families to careers in front of and behind the camera.  As the new CEO Seitu is tasked with growing Careers in Entertainment into a nonprofit social enterprise. 

The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation’s Careers In Entertainment (CIE) Initiative is committed to introducing students to careers in the entertainment industry. By providing opportunity and inspiration to a global group of young people aspiring to meaningful and impactful careers in the entertainment industry, the CIE Network strives to infuse all facets of the industry with a new generation of distinct voices.​ 

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