Telling Diverse Stories to Change the World
In this empowering and motivational talk, Hollywood creative Linda Yvette Chávez shares her personal experience and her award-winning work bringing more inclusive and authentic storytelling to the entertainment industry. Linda offers a powerful message balanced with practical takeaways about how telling more diverse stories can impact our communities, teams, organizations, and the world.
DEI: Nurturing Diverse and Welcoming Teams
Award-winning writer, director, and producer Linda Yvette Chávez is an expert at cultivating and nurturing diverse and welcome teams. From her work as the co-Creator and co-Showrunner of the hit Netflix series Gentefied, to her ongoing work as a mentor for upcoming artist, Chávez shares empowering lessons about building an organization that prioritizes DEI, authenticity, and shared vision for increased happiness and productivity.
Women in Leadership
Hollywood creative Linda Yvette Chávez, best known for her hit Netflix series Gentefied, shares high-impact lessons in this motivational talk for women in leadership. From dealing with imposter syndrome, to prioritizing self-care and wellbeing, to nurturing rising leaders through mentorship, Linda’s insights will inspire and empower any audience.
Breaking into the Industry
Known for her hit Netflix series Gentefied, Hollywood creative Linda Yvette Chávez shares her expertise about breaking into the entertainment industry in this motivational talk. From developing the skills for writing TV and film, to finding your allies and collaborators and supporting one another, to telling your authentic story, Linda offers unparalleled insights and empowering mentorship with audiences of all kinds.
Event Success Story: Hollywood creative Linda Yvette Chávez received a glowing review for her motivational event with United Ways
When United Ways of California was searching for the ideal speaker for their Western Regional Conference, they knew LINDA YVETTE CHÁVEZ would make a lasting impact on their audience. The award-winning Hollywood screenwriter and producer, known for her hit Netflix series Gentefied, wove together her personal story with insights about the communities United Ways serves for an unforgettable evening. More than 350 United Ways leaders and partners gathered for the annual conference, which included an empowering moderated conversation with Linda as well as an in-depth Q&A with the audience. Covering topics ranging from telling authentic Latinx stories in the entertainment industry to actionable takeaways for cultivating more inclusive teams, Linda balanced humor with a heart-felt message about how organizations of all kinds can make a difference.
Linda’s gifted storytelling, motivational insights about mentorship and self-care for leaders, and empowering equity takeaways made a major impact on the United Ways audience. The host offered a rave review of the event, sharing: ”Linda was a fantastic speaker at the 2022 United Way Western Regional Conference. Through the power of her storytelling, she inspired our United Way audience with her authenticity and the need to organizationally look like the people we serve every day. We are so grateful to her.” (United Ways of California)
Named one of the Top Latinas Changing the Game for Representation by Glamour Magazine, creator, director, writer, showrunner, and producer Linda Yvette Chávez has emerged in the entertainment industry as a powerful voice, bringing fearless, inclusive and impactful stories to the big and small screens. Also highlighted by Variety in their Comedy Impact Report alongside heavy hitters Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Tiffany Haddish, Chávez continues to break ceilings and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
This year Chávez has a handful of exciting projects on the docket. First up, Chávez penned the Searchlight Pictures feature film “Flamin’ Hot,” directed by Eva Longoria. “Flamin’ Hot” premiered at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival, winning the Audience Award and critics’ hearts in the process. Media raved “it’s a heartwarming movie at the core, it feels good to root for the underdog and win” (Austin Chronicle), “an engaging and empowering watch” (TheWrap), and “utterly delightful… equally amusing and affecting film that defies expectations” (The Hollywood Reporter). The film follows Richard Montañez, a Frito Lay janitor who channeled his Mexican American heritage and upbringing to turn Flamin’ Hot Cheetos into a snack that disrupted the food industry and became a global phenomenon. Eva tapped Chávez for her authentic voice that depicts the Mexican American experience, to execute her vision for a comedic, effervescent, and uplifting version of Montañez’s story. “Flamin’ Hot” is now streaming on Disney+ and Hulu on June 9, 2023 and marks the first time a feature film has been made available on both platforms at the same time.
Also in film, Chávez is currently adapting the New York Times bestselling book “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika L. Sanchez alongside Anonymous Content and MACRO with America Ferrera making her feature directorial debut. Chávez is also preparing to make her own directorial debut with a horror-comedy written by two up-and-coming Latino writers. The film follows four Mexican-American sisters in the ‘90s as they battle zombies to save their baby sister and their hood from the apocalypse. It’s being coined as “Shaun of the Dead” if it wore hoops and was sprayed down with AquaNet
In television, Chávez recently inked a multi-year overall deal with 20th Television where she is creating her own projects, as well as executive producing other dramas and comedies created by diverse voices, for all Disney platforms.
Chávez made her first big splash in the entertainment industry in 2020 with her groundbreaking, critically acclaimed, award nominated series “Gentefied,” which she co-created and helmed as co-showrunner, director, and executive producer. Produced by America Ferrera and MACRO, the show followed three cousins who band together to keep their grandfather’s popular Boyle Heights taco shop in business as the neighborhood becomes more gentrified. “Gentefied” was praised for navigating larger themes of gentrification and the marginalization of Latinxs in America, and during its run was nominated for a prestigious Peabody Award, ten Imagen Foundation Awards including Best Comedy Series and Best Directing for Chávez, and a GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. Seasons one and two of the show can currently be streamed on Netflix.
Hailing from Norwalk, California, Chávez developed her story writing talents while an undergrad at Stanford University. She went on to study Writing for Cinema and Television at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, earning her MFA and receiving the prestigious Jack Nicholson Award for merit in writing. Chávez was a Film Independent Project Involve Fellow, where she wrote and directed her second short film. She served as an adviser at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in 2022 and 2023. There she provided ongoing support to independent storytellers in the program by helping advance the development and production of their work.
Chávez currently resides in the Los Angeles area.