Vision Awards – Meet Our Honorees

 

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    Fran Drescher      •    Maneesh K . Goyal   •     Kehinde Wiley        •   Asian Pride Project

Meet our Honorees

FRAN DRESCHER currently stars as Los Angeles florist Fran in TV Land’s new sitcom ‘Happily Divorced.’ Written by Fran Drescher (‘The Nanny‘) and Peter Marc Jacobson (‘The Nanny‘), ‘Happily Divorcedis inspired by Fran Drescher’s real life experience and follows Los Angeles florist Fran, whose 18-year marriage ends suddenly when her husband announces he’s gay. And if that werent enough, he cant afford to move out. They figured out how to be ‘Happily Divorced,’ but her being single and his being gay, while living under one roof, is a whole other story.

Fran Drescher has been described as a ‘Russell’ she has the comic timing of Rosalind Russell, the curves of Jane Russell, and the tenacity of a Jack Russell!

Fran received two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal as the lovable Miss Fine on the hit CBS seriesThe Nanny,’ a show she also created, wrote, directed and executive produced.

An accomplished film actress, Drescher won Esquire magazines Five Minute Oscar for her memorable performance in the mockumentary ‘This Is Spinal Tap.’ She has co-starred in countless films throughout her career with the likes of Robin Williams, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Robbins and Billy Crystal, and worked with such esteemed directors as Rob Reiner, Milos Forman and Francis Ford Coppola. But she is most proud of her starring turn opposite Timothy Dalton in ‘Beautician and The Beast,’ a film she also executive produced.On stage, Fran Drescher has had the privilege of performing in Ron Ribman’s ‘Rug Merchants of Chaos’ at The Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles, ‘The Exonerated’ in New York City, Neil La Butes ‘Some Girls,’ and the New York production of Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore.’ Fran also performed in a special production of ‘Camelot’ at the renowned Lincoln Center.

Drescher is also an accomplished author. Enter Whining, her first book, was on The New York Times Best Seller list. For her most recent book, Cancer Schmancer, (also a New York Times Best Seller), Fran received the prestigious NCCS Writer’s Award. On June 21, 2011, Fran celebrated 11 years of wellness as a uterine cancer survivor.

She is the recipient of the John Wayne Institute Woman of Achievement Award, the Gilda Award, the City of Hope Woman of the Year Award, the Hebrew University Humanitarian Award, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicines Spirit of Achievement Award, among many others.

A leading health advocate, Fran is the President and visionary of the Cancer Schmancer Movement. She was instrumental in getting the United States’ first Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act passed into law and is now working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to use the appropriated funds to best reach all women. Fran has also been appointed to the distinguished position of Special Envoy for Women’s Health Issues by the US State Department. She will be using her international celebrity to speak to women globally in emerging third world countries in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. She has now introduced an initiative in the state of California to mandate womens cancer screening tests at their basic exams.

MANEESH K. GOYAL is the Founder and President of experiential marketing agency MKG and Live in the Grey, a digital content site and consultancy focused on company culture & professional fulfillment.Founded in 2003, MKG is an award-winning experiential event marketing agency with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The independently-owned agency creates unique and memorable experiences for many of the world’s top brands including Delta Air Lines, Audi, Google, and Heineken, while also staying firmly committed to creating a one-of-a-kind office culture. Recent accolades include being named to the Crain’s New York “50 Fastest Growing Companies” list in 2013 and 2014, as well as numerous Best Places to Work lists. Goyal is also the Founder of Pink Sparrow, a Brooklyn-based scenic fabrication shop and 214, a boutique branding & graphic design agency, both of which spun off of MKG.Goyal founded Live in the Grey (LITG) in January 2013 as a movement that challenges the work/life divide and encourages the blend of personal passions with professional pursuits. Since then, Live in the Grey has built a highly-engaged community through live events and online content, working with supporters and partners including lululemon athletica, Warby Parker, Charlie Rose and charity: water. Beginning in Fall 2014, LITG became a robust content partner for TIME magazine, providing articles on a range of career topics published weekly on TIME.com and via social media. In 2015, LITG launched The Grey Toolkit, a B-to-B product which offers different approaches to investing in company culture. The Toolkit includes measurement tools to assess existing culture, resources to help improve culture, and Live in the Grey Certification for recognizing the companies that have adopted the new paradigm of work. By contributing to the growing conversation around attraction and retention of millennial talent, Live in the Grey seeks to make an impact on the ‘future of work’ through innovative digital tools that increase employee fulfillment.In November 2014, Goyal was appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of NYC & Company, the official tourism organization of NYC.
Goyal holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University & a Master’s in public health from Yale University. He lives with his husband, Andrew Wingrove, in New York City & Atlanta.
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KEHINDE WILEY has firmly situated himself within art history’s portrait painting tradition. As a contemporary descendent of a long line of portraitists, including Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian, and Ingres, among others, Wiley, engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic and the sublime in his representation of urban, black and brown men and women found throughout the world. By applying the visual vocabulary and conventions of glorification, history, wealth and prestige to the subject matter drawn from the urban fabric, the subjects and stylistic references for his paintings are juxtaposed inversions of each other, forcing ambiguity and provocative perplexity to pervade his imagery.Kehinde Wiley holds a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and MFA from Yale University and his paintings are in the collections of over forty museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Brooklyn Museum of Art to name a few. Selected exhibitions include The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Phoenix Art Museum; Jewish Museum, New York; Brooklyn Museum; and Columbus Museum, Ohio, among others. Wiley’s mid-career retrospective, A New Republic, is currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum, and will be traveling to six venues. His work has been the subject of ten monographs to date. Wiley was recently the subject of the documentary, An Economy of Grace (2014, Show of Force).Wiley was recently honored by the US Department of State with the Medal of Arts award, celebrating his commitment to cultural diplomacy through the visual arts. Wiley resides in New York.

 

ASIAN PRIDE PROJECT (APP) is an multilingual, multimedia resource-building and sharing platform for the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) families of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) identified people. It aspires to foster greater visibility, pride, acceptance, unity, and harmony for all API LGBTQ people in their families, cultural communities and beyond by capturing and sharing their stories through the use of visual media and arts. Since APP’s inception in 2009, many moving personal stories of API individuals and families have been vividly documented. In collaboration with NQAPIA, APP created several Public Service Announcements (PSA) of API parents advocating for the acceptance of their children. The PSAs were aired in 2014 on API media networks in California, and will soon be aired in other major cities in the United States this summer. In addition, APP has presented a month-long family photography series exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America in June 2014, to create visibility and space for discussions of LGBTQ and family issues in the heart of API communities. APP has been supported by many community individuals, partners and supporter, including the Stonewall Community Foundation, Asian Women Giving Circle, NQAPIA, the White House Initiatives – Champions for Change (2012) and Verizon Asian Visionary Award (2011).