BEDI Summit: Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker #1

Imani Barbarin

Imani Barbarin is a disability rights and inclusion activist and speaker who uses her voice and social media platforms to create conversations engaging the disability community. Born with cerebral palsy, Imani often writes and uses her platform to speak from the perspective of a disabled Black woman. In the past few years, she has created more than a dozen trending hashtags that allow disabled folks the opportunity to have their perspectives heard while forcing the world to take notice. #PatientsAreNotFaking, #ThingsDisabledPeopleKnow, #AbledsAreWeird and others each provide a window into disabled life while forming community.

Imani is from the Philadelphia area and holds a master’s degree in global communications from the American University of Paris. Her published works have appeared in Forbes, Rewire, Healthline, BitchMedia and more. She runs the blog CrutchesAndSpice.com and a podcast of the same name.

Keynote Speaker #2

Nitika Chopra

Although Nitika’s career started more than 10 years ago as the founder of a popular online magazine, the host of her own talk show on global television and a brand ambassador for some of the most prestigious beauty brands on the market, during her success, she felt a deep longing for something more. Something she could create that would truly have an impact on the lives of others. That passion sparked the idea to create Chronicon. After 10 years in content creation, Nitika launched Chronicon in fall 2019, an inclusive community-building event focused on those living with chronic illness. The New York City event sold out, had 2,000 livestream viewers and high-level brand sponsors. Now, Nitika is excited to announce that Chronicon is expanding online with The Chronicon Community, a new, accessible online space with inspiration, advocacy and empowerment for chronically ill folks across the globe to connect.