In Conversation with Robin Thede
In this memorable moderated conversation, Hollywood creative Robin Thede shares her journey to being named one of Hollywood Reporter’s “Most Influential People in Comedy” and earning numerous awards. With humor, thoughtful insights, and memorable anecdotes, Thede discusses her groundbreaking work as the first in many spaces, motivational leadership insights, and how creativity, storytelling, and authenticity can make a difference.
Leading Your Team to Groundbreaking Success
Hollywood powerhouse Robin Thede has built and led the team of A Black Lady Sketch Show to enormous critical acclaim and popular success. A multi-hyphenate creative, Thede works at all stages of production – from the writers’ room, to showrunning, and starring in the series herself. Drawing on this breadth of experience, Thede offers insightful leadership lessons on inspiring your team to success.
Diversity & Inclusion in Entertainment – Lessons for All Industries
Known for her smash hit HBO series A Black Lady Sketch Show, Robin Thede set out to create a groundbreaking space in Hollywood. From dozens and dozens of Black women and other women of color earning Emmy nominations and wins for their work on the show, to a staff of women of color in all departments behind the camera, Thede has worked to make sure the path for other creatives coming up behind her is easier. In this engaging and entertaining talk, Thede shares takeaways that resonate with any industry about finding and recognizing talent, hiring and managing a diverse staff, and supporting and amplifying your team.
Robin Thede is a multi-talented comedian, writer, actor and producer. A five-time Emmy-nominee, Thede is the Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer, Writer and Star of HBO’s Emmy-winning sketch comedy series, A Black Lady Sketch Show. She also stars alongside Eddie Murphy and Tracee Ellis Ross in the upcoming Amazon Studios feature, Candy Cane Lane.
Previously, she was the Creator, Executive Producer, Writer and Host of The Rundown with Robin Thede on BET where she made her mark as one of the only Black women to ever host a late-night television talk show. Robin Thede holds the title to many firsts. She served as both head writer and correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, becoming the first Black woman to earn the title of Head Writer in late-night television. She was also the first Black woman to be head writer for the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Thede has received numerous awards and accolades, including being honored with the Innovator of the Year Award by the Culture Creators in 2022. She was named to the Variety 2022 Comedy Impact Report as well as to The Hollywood Reporter’s 2022 "Most Influential People in Comedy" list. Additionally, she won a Black Reel Award in the category “Outstanding Actress, Comedy Series.” She currently develops projects for TV and film under her For Better or Words, Inc. banner, which has an overall deal at HBO/Max/Warner Brothers.