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Taylor K. Shaw      

Founder & CEO at Black Women Animate

Taylor K. Shaw is a 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 Hollywood & Entertainment list honoree and 2021 Shadow & Act Rising Executive Award Winner.

She is the youngest CEO in the animation industry and one of the brightest game changers in Hollywood. She founded BWA Studios, the first and only animation studio designed to change the world of animation by consciously hiring Black women and animators of color.

BWA is an original content house that creates and develops both adult and children’s programming. Commercially, the company has created award-winning digital and television campaigns for the likes of Hulu, A&E, Warner Bros. Discovery, Mattel, and more.

In her corporate career, Shaw’s pioneering DEI efforts have left a lasting impact on several global media organizations including Vice Media and Netflix Animation Studios. She trains and develops executive, mid-level, and emerging talent to do excellent work while also giving them the tools to center equity in their roles. She believes a more equitable world begins with personal transformation. For this reason, she serves as a Partner & Transformational Coach at social impact agency Inspire Justice. She also holds a DEI certificate from Cornell University.

As a visionary creator and writer, Shaw is committed to creating liberating narratives that allow Black women to discover more of who they are. She has written a feature film for Actor/Activist Kendrick Sampson (Insecure, HBO). She is currently in development on two tv shows and two feature films.

Shaw has been featured in Deadline Hollywood, Emmy Magazine, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and the LA Times for her work empowering marginalized voices in entertainment.

Speech Topics

Most Popular Topics for Media Companies/Corporations

  • Challenging The Norm
  • Using Your Privilege For Media Transformation
  • Our Collective Work: Joining The Paradigm Shift

Most Popular Topics for Audiences

  • Amplifying Your Authentic Voice
  • Trusting Your Gut, Knowing Your Heart, Using Your Mind
  • How to Lift As We Climb


Pushing Media’s Old Roadblocks Out The Way

Hollywood’s walls are crashing down. Don't just watch them fall, be a part of the transformation! As a creator, Taylor shapes and moves culture every single day. This riveting lecture provides step-by-step instructions on how to transform norms and representation in the media industry.


Owning Your Place In The Age Of Opportunity

Through lively interactive discussion and compelling, raw personal stories, Taylor guides the audience beyond fear and self-doubt and into their destiny. She outlines what it takes to own your passion, live it, and build a life around it. Taylor will teach the audience how to strengthen their voices and use them to become power players in the areas of their passion.

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