SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard officially opened the second biennial SAG-AFTRA National Convention this morning, encouraging delegates to learn about the challenges confronting fellow members in every category and in other locals – and to talk, think, and collaborate on ideas and propose solutions.
“Educate, engage and empower isn’t simply the theme for this convention – it’s the mantra for our future,” said President Howard. “Everything we have achieved throughout our history as SAG-AFTRA – or as SAG or AFTRA before it – has been because of collective action. That is our culture. Progress is made through collective action, collaboration and hard work.”
The president’s speech was followed by a keynote conversation featuring producer and bestselling author Lynda Obst, facilitated by Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz. Obst reflected on dramatic changes in the entertainment industry she has seen over the course of her career, especially related to opportunities for women and minorities. Obst advised the audience to know their worth and not to compromise on receiving fair compensation. –
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