A Conversation with Michael B. Jordan
Award-winning actor, director, producer, and social activist Michael B. Jordan speaks passionately about using one’s platform to advocate for inclusion and diversity. A Hollywood icon, known for films such as Black Panther, Creed, Just Mercy, and Fruitvale Station, Jordan invigorates audiences with his personal mission to center justice in his art and philanthropy, and starts a powerful conversation about creating a values-driven mission for your business, team, and in your life.
HWA is proud to represent three TIME 100 Most Influential People Honorees Padma Lakshmi, Michael B. Jordan, and Catherine Coleman Flowers
Each year TIME honors 100 public figures for its iconic list, celebrating individuals who wield their influence to drive positive action toward a better world. Three HWA speakers are present on the 2023 list: acclaimed actor and director MICHAEL B. JORDAN, globally recognized environmental activist CATHERINE COLEMAN FLOWERS and Emmy Award-winning television host PADMA LAKSHMI.
“Padma is an incredible writer, and that really shines through when she speaks. She’s articulate and has a strong point of view […] I’m always in awe of Padma because, yes, she really is that beautiful, talented, and charismatic. She’s iconic.” Writes comedian Ali Wong about Lakshmi.
Director Ryan Coolger recalls the hard work Michael B. Jordan put into his 2023 directorial debut, Creed III: “It’s like climbing a mountain summit through enemy territory with your heart exposed. But I knew Mike had it in him. Because over that quarter-century of work, nothing was given to him. Everything was earned. And I strongly believe that his best work is still to come.”
Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson muses about Coleman Flowers’s work to gain environmental justice for her Alabama hometown and beyond: “In August 2022, in part because of Catherine’s work, the Biden Administration chose Lowndes [county] as the place to announce the EPA would devote $50 billion to wastewater issues with a focus on underserved communities. She has compelled leaders to address a crisis aggravated by bigotry and poverty, all while keeping her feet firmly planted in the soil of her homeland.”
Jordan, Flowers, and Lakshmi continue to inspire people around the world and are highly sought after for their insightful talks, moderated Q&A’s and engaging keynotes for audiences of all kinds.
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Actor/producer Michael B. Jordan is an industry leader invested in bringing social change to Hollywood through his art and philanthropy. He was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020, People’s 2020 Sexiest Man Alive and one of New York Times’ 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century. Most recently, he starred in a record-breaking Super Bowl LV commercial for Amazon Alexa, which topped social/digital charts according to AdWeek and Deadline. It was also named Fast Company’s “Best Super Bowl Ad of 2021”. Most recently, he starred in and produced Without Remorse on Amazon Prime Video. Next up, Jordan will produce and star in the Denzel Washington-directed feature Journal for Jordan. In November 2022, he will reprise his role as Adonis Creed in Creed III. The film will also see Jordan step behind the camera, as he is set to make his feature film directorial debut.
In 2016, Jordan launched Outlier Society, a cutting-edge production company focused on bringing an eclectic and inclusive lineup of diverse stories and voices to market. The company recently partnered with Amazon on a “360-degree creative relationship,” which includes an exclusive overall TV agreement, a first-look film deal, and collaborations with each element of Amazon’s ecosystem. Its impressive upcoming slate includes the live-action adaption of Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ record-breaking Static Shock alongside Reginald Hudlin; and the Danny Boyle-directed Methuselah, among many others.
Jordan first garnered industry-wide attention for his breakout role in Fruitvale Station, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival in 2013 among other accolades that year.