Keely Cat-Wells is an Entrepreneur and Disability Activist dedicated to making social, systemic, and economic change. As the CEO and Founder of C Talent and Zetta Studios, Keely has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Entertainment honouree, Diana Award winner, Aerie Changemaker, appointed as an Advisory Board Member to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, and awarded by the Los Angeles Lakers as a Woman of Entrepreneurship. Keely is a Forbes Contributor and has spoken as a Disability Subject Matter Expert for companies and organizations including, The LEGO Group, United Nations, Google, UCLA, Comcast NBCUniversal Xfinity, Vidmob, India National Ability Summit, No Barriers USA, Toronto International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, and Virgin Media’s Ultraviolet event among others.
Keely founded her first company at a young age during her time in hospital, which developed into C Talent. C Talent is an award winning talent management company that represents high-profile Deaf and Disabled talent. C Talent’s goal is to change the way the world views and defines disability utilising the massive reach and power of the entertainment, advertising and media industries. C Talent works to place disabled talent into all roles, not just disability-specific roles – normalising disabled people being experts in subjects beyond disability. C Talent also provides Disability & Access consulting for many companies and organisations, current and previous consulting clients include; Virgin Media, International Paralympic Committee, NBC, The LEGO Group, and Twitter to name a few.
In 2021 C Talent was commissioned by Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity to create content for LIONS Decoded, a one-day broadcast of live and on demand content and insights, deconstructing the highest-ranked creative work in the world. C Talent received the 2021 Meaningful Business 100 Award, which recognises outstanding business leaders, across the world, combining profit and purpose to help achieve the UN Global Goals. After noticing the lack of access in the entertainment industry, Keely formed Zetta Studios which is set to be the world’s first-ever studio to be fully accessible, designed with disabled people in mind.
C Talent serves as a founding member of #WeThe15, a campaign being called sports largest human rights movement in history – that aims to transform the lives of the one billion disabled people globally. Other founding members include; The International Paralympic Committee, United Nations, International Disability Alliance, Invictus Games, Global Goals and 14 more incredible global organisations.
On the legislation side, Keely is working with Sara Hart Weir to eliminate section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, an 80+-year-old discriminatory statute that provides the foundation of a system that permits employers of disabled workers to file for certificates that allows them to pay disabled employees subminimum wage – even to this date. We believe there is no right or left with disability, only forward.
“I believe to change the world; we have to learn to tell and listen to a new set of stories about the world we want to create, in accessible spaces and with authentic voices. Knowledge is power, and the media is a global teacher whether we actively realize it when we are watching entertainment or not.”
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