Join us in welcoming Bellamy Young and Katie Lowes to our biggest and baddest virtual event yet, #BlogHer20 Creators Summit! Bellamy and Katie recently wrapped their time on the history-making television show “Scandal,” written and directed by TV Goddess Shonda Rhimes. The show confronted its viewers with the realities of sexism and racism in American politics with each and every twist and turn, led by example in terms of creating complex female characters with interests outside of getting the guy, and ignited an international, die-hard fan base.
Bellamy Young is a Yale graduate and an Asheville, North Carolina native. Outside of her award-winning role as “President Mellie Grant” on “Scandal,” she’s a talented singer (her debut-album Far Away So Close was released in 2015), an activist, and philanthropist. She serves as the national spokesperson for The Humane Society’s “Shelter Pet Project”, working to promote animal adoption from shelters and rescue groups. She also served alongside Chelsea Clinton during Obama’s presidency as Ambassador for The Trust for The National Mall. She currently stars as Jessica on Fox’s Prodigal Son.
Katie Lowes is a force on stage and screen. She starred as Quinn Perkins’ on “Scandal” for seven seaons and made her Broadway debut in the Tony nominated Musical “Waitress.” She’s the creator and host of the fan-favorite podcast “Katie’s Crib,” a parenting podcast that covers everything a parent could ever need – and does it with empathy, humor, and an element of understanding. Her latest project, “Inventing Anna,” (which is also created by Shonda Rhimes!) is set to premiere on Netflix later this year.
We can’t wait to listen to these two powerhouses talk about how they found their professional and personal support systems, Scandal, and what’s next for them at our biggest virtual conference yet! Check out our other speakers, schedule, and register for free here. We’ll see you on June 26th!
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
Acclaimed actress and singer, Bellamy Young, stars as Jessica Whitly alongside Michael Sheen in FOX’s psychological crime drama, PRODIGAL SON. She is best known for her award-winning role as ‘President Mellie Grant’ on ABC/Shonda Rhimes’ Peabody Award-winning series, SCANDAL.
Young’s critically-praised performance as the politically ambitious ‘First Lady’ turned ‘President’ earned her a ‘Best Supporting Actress’ statue from the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Best Characters on TV, #15 on Entertainment Weekly’s 50 Best TV Scenes of the Year, NY Post’s Top 10 TV Actors and she earned TV Guide Magazine’s Fan Favorite Award. Rolling Stone Magazine described Young’s portrayal as “the most badass first lady in TV history” and E!’s resident TV critic Kristin Dos Santos described Young as her “favorite character on TV ever.”
Additionally, Young starred in “Down From Dover” one of the films in the Netflix/Dolly Parton’s HEARTSTRINGS film anthology series. She was seen in Disney and Ava Duvernay’s A WRINKLE IN TIME, the crime thriller, NIGHT STALKER as well as indie projects, BERNARD & HUEY and Zoe Cassavetes’ DAY OUT OF DAYS. Young has appeared alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars in films such as Randall Wallace’s WE WERE SOLDIERS with Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, and Greg Kinnear, JJ Abrams’ MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: III alongside Tom Cruise, Laurence Fishburne, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. She has also appeared in several independent films including the Sundance favorite THE FREEBIE starring Dax Shepard and she produced and starred in A COUNTRY REMEDY, which was filmed in her home state of North Carolina.
Young began her acting career on stage starring on Broadway in Cy Coleman’s THE LIFE and in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. Young’s additional credits have included the first run of Randy Newman’s FAUST and the first run of Pulitzer-prize winning playwright, Landford Wilson’s BOOK OF DAYS.
A trained singer, Young released her debut album, Far Away So Close, a collection of contemporary covers influenced by her North Carolina roots. In 2015, Young performed Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” at the White House Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington DC for President Obama and his family.
Through her philanthropic work, Young serves as the national spokesperson for the Humane Society of The United States’ campaign, The Shelter Pet Project, a project promoting animal adoption from shelters and rescue groups. Young has also used her notoriety to bring awareness to Operation Blankets, a donation based foundation that repurposes pillows and blankets for animal shelters across the country. In 2015, Young participated as a contestant on “Celebrity Jeopardy” and won, donating her $50,000 earnings to Operation Blankets of Love. During the Obama Administration, Young served as the Ambassador for The Trust for The National Mall, alongside Chelsea Clinton.
Born in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, Young graduated from Yale University with dual degrees in English and Theater Studies; she also holds a certificate from Oxford University. Young could attend and afford Yale University because of a privately donated scholarship, she now provides her own scholarship for current and prospective Yale Students.
Katie Lowes is best known for starring as ‘Quinn Perkins’ for the entire 7 Seasons of the ABC hit series “Scandal.” She will next star in Shonda Rhimes’ new Netflix series “Inventing Anna” alongside Anna Chlumsky, Julia Garner and Laverne Cox. The series is based on true events in which a journalist (Lowes) investigates the case of Anna Delvey, the Instagram-legendary heiress who stole the hearts – and money – of New York’s social elite.
Lowes is the creator and host of the popular podcast “Katie’s Crib,” produced by Shondaland. “Katie’s Crib” discusses the unexpected joys, pains, foibles, and hilarity of new motherhood. Each episode highlights a specific parenting issue from a variety of different points of view. Lowes conducts frank, intimate conversation with fellow moms (such as A-List actresses Kristen Bell and America Ferrera) about the ups and downs of being a new parent.
In Fall 2018, Lowes made her Broadway debut playing the role of ‘Dawn’ in the Tony Nominated Musical “Waitress.” Lowes is the co-artistic director of IAMA Theatre Company, which was named one of the top 20 regional theatres in the country. IAMA is in the midst of it’s 12th season in Los Angeles where she resides with her husband. Lowes is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts.