Monica received a B.A. from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She was a business and legal affairs executive at Walt Disney Television, NBC-Universal Television, and Viacom Media Networks and in 2002 was named one of Los Angeles Daily Journal’s “Top Twenty Lawyers Under the Age of 40.” At the height of her career, Monica became disillusioned with corporate America and an unsustainable lifestyle. In 2011, she quit her job as senior vice president at VH1 and moved with her family to Montana. As a gay black woman living in a red state, she made a surprising discovery: regardless of race, political persuasion, or sexual orientation, most Americans have far more in common than they realize. Monica operates her own firm and blogs on her website, www.letsgetunplugged.com, sharing her insights on how our collective reality is distorted and keeps us from uniting to solve our biggest problems. Her forthcoming book, The Illusion of Division, explores the relationship between political and racial tensions and America’s accelerating economic decline.
Act 1 of SPEAK: Beginnings features 5 incredible talks to start our show.