How to Be Inclusive While Still Having Fun (DEI)
Comedian, writer, and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid makes DEI fun, easy, and hilarious. As a multiple minority, she has learned the keys to creating a more inclusive and more productive environment. Maysoon will share her expertise and give the audience advice they do not want to hear but definitely need to.
If I Cancan, You Cancan (DEI)
This extended version of Maysoon’s viral TED Talk takes listeners on her crooked journey as a multiple minority, dreaming big, and spinning failure into laughter.
Author Talk: Find Another Dream
Based on her New York Times bestselling memoir Find Another Dream, renowned comedian and disability rights advocate Maysoon Zayid shares her hilarious and poignant journey to becoming a soap opera character that cannot be healed. While chasing fame, she found her voice in stand-up comedy, performing in multiple languages in sold-out shows all over the world. In this empowering talk, Zayid shares insights from her life and work and makes an impact on audiences of all kinds.
Disability and healthcare go together like peanut butter and jelly, including the peanut allergy. Maysoon deftly tackles the relationship between patient and provider. Her cerebral palsy has made her a life-long patient and she was raised by a healthcare provider. She will bring a laugh to your bored conference audience while creating a new understanding of the ever-changing healthcare landscape.
Disability is not often associated with beauty. Comedian, disability advocate, and writer Maysoon Zayid’s crooked lips starred in a Huda Beauty campaign and she limped in New York Fashion Week. This talk will inspire the audience to block out bullies, embrace their loud proud authentic self and laugh at their flaws.
Are you looking for a fun team building activity for your leadership or executive board? Princeton Fellow and comedy coach Maysoon Zayid’s standup comedy workshop is the perfect fit for any event. Each participant will learn the tricks of the trade and will get a chance to take the mic. This workshop builds confidence, camaraderie, trust, and is laugh out loud fun.
Maysoon is a seasoned host and can take the lead on any event or awards ceremony you are planning. She is also an excellent panel moderator. She knows how to keep guests on topic and on time while making sure the audience is entertained.
Case Study: Maysoon impresses audiences at FinCrime Virtual Week for the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists
MAYSOON ZAYID spoke in a live virtual format for the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists, a worldwide organization for private and public sector professionals who work in diverse financial crime disciplines. Giving a motivational talk about how to overcome and do the impossible with little to no support, Zayid exceeded expectations at FinCrime Virtual Week: Agents of Innovation. Zayid entertained approximately 3,000 attendees from multiple countries, giving a comedic and inspirational lens to overcoming adversity. The ACFCS was blown away: "Maysoon KILLED IT!!! She was amazing, topical, and the response has been overwhelming." Some of the many crowd comments included, "AMAZINGLY motivating and humorous!!!! ... GREAT presentation and what a great idea for a Wed afternoon! Thank you for the pick-me-up! ... Maysoon is hilarious, thank you!!! ... She was great! Definitely a nice break during the week!!! ... Loved it! Loved her! ACFCS rocks! ... It was great to hear Maysoon's experience and she was so funny!! ... So refreshingly honest and fun!"
Case Study: Maysoon Zayid gets rave reviews from the crowd after her talk at Amazon
Comedian, writer, and disability advocate MAYSOON ZAYID spoke at a 30-minute moderated conversation followed by a 30-minute Moderated Audience Q&A to 22,000 people at Amazon. The event was a talk show-style series at Amazon that helps employees get to know creators favored by Amazon’s customers. The theme for the event was supporting Global Accessibility Awareness Month (GAAM), and focused on Zayid’s Audible Original book, Find Another Dream as well as discussing GAAM. She received countless rave reviews from the crowd after she spoke, with audience members sharing, “'Maysoon was fantastic! I have followed her for years and was so excited for this event. As an able-bodied person, I found a lot of value from learning about the struggles and stereotypes she has faced that has helped me be more aware of my own biases and how to work to dismantle those. Thanks for bringing her to Amazon!' … 'Maysoon was wonderful-bring her back for another one!' … 'WHAT A FUN FISHBOWL. Maysoon is so engaging, funny, and authentic. I laughed, I got misty, I learned, and I had fun. Thank you for doing this. It was one of my favorite fishbowls ever.' … 'This was by far the best Fishbowl I have attended in my 2.5 years at Amazon. Maysoon rocks and we should infuse her into as many company events as possible! Everyone needs to hear her story and hear her perspectives. She's making the world a better place with inclusion of all humans.' … and 'Really great guest. We need more Fishbowls like this.'"
Virtual Programming: Stand-up comedian Maysoon Zayid
Renowned comedian, actress, writer, and disability advocate MAYSOON ZAYID is able to deliver any of her presentations, or a stand-up comedy routine, virtually, providing audiences with empowering, compelling and hilarious content amid times of uncertainty. Since the coronavirus pandemic, Zayid has been sought-out for a virtual conversation on the unique challenges affecting the disability community, has participated in multiple online comedy events, and made headlines for her insights into how comedy can pivot to virtual audiences.
Hilarious, disarming, and with a message that matters, Zayid's comedy and commentary resonate with audiences worldwide. She is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest, and her famed TED Talk, "I got 99 problems... palsy is just one" has over 10 million views. Hailed in Glamour as "the most fearless comic alive," Zayid is also a disability advocate who fights to mainstream disabled students worldwide and for disability rights. Her bestselling memoir Find Another Dream chronicles her life story in finding her voice and own path to stardom. Zayid's candid, inspiring, and laugh-out-loud funny virtual talks can cover topics ranging from beating the odds, to fostering inclusivity and battling discrimination, to the challenges facing the disability community. As a multiple minority, she also brings light to issues faced by women of color and the Muslim community with the same levity she uses to tackle pop culture.
Speaker Spotlight: Maysoon Zayid
Renowned comedian, actress, writer, and disability advocate MAYSOON ZAYID jokes that if there were a competition called the Oppression Olympics, she would win gold. “I’m Palestinian, Muslim, I’m a woman of color, I’m disabled,” Zayid tells audiences, “and I live in New Jersey.” Hilarious, disarming, and with a message that matters, Zayid's comedy and commentary resonate with audiences worldwide. She is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest, and her famed TED Talk, "I got 99 problems... palsy is just one" has over 10 million views. As Zayid states in the talk's intro: "I have cerebral palsy, which means I shake all the time. Look. It's exhausting. I'm like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali."
Hailed in Glamour as "the most fearless comic alive," Zayid has performed around the world, and headlined both the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Muslims Are Coming Tour, in which comedians toured the U.S. in an effort to counter Islamophobia. Zayid also spends several months of the year in the Palestinian Territories running workshops for disabled and orphaned kids in refugee camps, using art to help them deal with trauma. Sought-out to speak everywhere from Salesforce to college campuses, Zayid's candid, inspiring, and laugh-out-loud funny talks cover topics ranging from beating the odds, to fostering inclusivity and battling discrimination, to the challenges facing the disability community. She receives rave reviews such as: "Maysoon is so incredible and hilarious! I loved her whole presentation and found it funny but SO thought-provoking..." (Kaiser Permanente), and "The audience LOVED you! You connected with the audience the minute you walked onstage and held their attention the entire presentation. Not only did you deliver humor they all enjoyed, but you served as a source of inspiration and motivation. A standing ovation says it all, and you received a rousing one... You certainly were the PERFECT choice for our conference!" (Administration Professionals Conference)
Maysoon Zayid is an actress, comedian, writer, and disability advocate. She is a graduate of and a Guest Comedian in Residence at Arizona State University. Maysoon is a Princeton University Arts Fellow for 2021-23 and will begin two years of teaching and community collaboration in September.
Maysoon is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest. She was a full-time On Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann and a columnist for The Daily Beast. She has most recently appeared on Oprah Winfrey Networks In Deep Shift, 60 Minutes, and ABC News. Maysoon had the most viewed TED Talk of 2014 and was named 1 of 100 Women of 2015 by BBC.
As a professional comedian, Maysoon has performed in top New York clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. She was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Muslims Are Coming Tour. Maysoon appeared alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the the Zohan and has written for VICE. She limped in New York Fashion Week, is a recurring character on General Hospital, and is the author of Audible's Find Another Dream.