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ISISARA BEY
Artistic Director

ISISARA BEY is producer, keynote speaker and facilitator for performances, conferences, festivals, workshops, travel  retreats and board meetings.

As an event producer, she serves as Artistic Director of the March on Washington Film Festival (MOWFF), an annual Civil Rights-themed,  summer festival of short, documentary and narrative films, first person accounts, scholarship, the performing arts and student filmmaker and journalist competitions in the nation’s capital. The festival’s mission is to unearth the untold stories and unsung icons and foot soldiers of the Civil Rights movement, impact the way the movement is taught, and connect the movement’s strategies to present day social justice activism here and abroad.

As a keynote speaker, Isisara brings her powerful presence, rich subject matter and engaging delivery to audiences exploring the principles of leadership, mindset and personal empowerment.  As an event and workshop facilitator, she creatively blends core content with human development processes and theater games, allowing participants to experience individual agency and an enhanced capacity to accomplish goals and manifest dreams.  She also moderates panels and meetings for a variety of organizations.

Past clients include: Institute for Veterans and Military Families, American Society of Transplantation, Odyssey Network Business Women’s Retreat , Apollo Theater, New York Public Radio, NY Summer Stage/City Parks Foundation, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Young Leaders Initiative in Singapore,  Women of the World (WOW) Festivals in the UK, Australia and NYC,  New Jersey Performing Arts Center, U.S. State Department’s Pathways to Prosperity in Egypt, Vital Voices in Guatemala, and Life & Hope Association in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Prior to joining the March on Washington Film Festival, she served as VP of Programs for Count Me in for Women’s Economic Independence, designing and leading over 40 business pitch competitions and multi-day events promoting entrepreneurship for women around the country.

Before that, during her 20 years with Sony Entertainment, she was VP of Corporate Affairs for Sony Music, and led its strategic philanthropy, external outreach and employee enhancement.  She produced the Sony Music Black College Tours that served as fundraisers for HBCUs.  She created the first two Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreats for the Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific Islander members of Congress, and produced Sony’s La Grande Affaire invitation-only gala at the annual CBC Legislative Conference.  She initiated and managed the company’s Black, Hispanic and Asian Affinity Groups, produced the internal Corporate Affairs Symposium Series of lectures and workshops in the arts, and directed several large scale employee volunteer events in LA and NYC public schools.  Isisara was selected for Columbia Pictures’ two-year Management Associates program, assigned to the heads of the Exhibition, International Marketing, Physical Production and Corporate Affairs divisions.  

Isisara has served on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, National Book Foundation, Rhythm & Blues Foundation, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Center for Traditional Dance & Music, and Delaware State University Corporate Advisors.   Her career began as morning drive personality and producer for WEAA.FM, and news writer/producer for WJZ-TV in Baltimore, MD.   She has won several awards for her work in corporate affairs and broadcasting.

Isisara has a Bachelor’s in Theater and a Master’s in Media from Antioch University, received executive education from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, is a certified Empowerment Institute facilitator, and lives in Harlem, New York with her daughter.