THURSDAY MORNING KEYNOTE SESSION
Quad Keynote Theater
Thursday, November 14, 2019
My Life as an Actor and Entrepreneur & "Finding Your Why"
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM
<div>For nearly a decade, <strong>RAINN WILSON</strong> endeared himself to millions on the hit television series The Office, earning three Emmy nominations with his portrayal of Dwight Schrute, an eccentric paper salesman whose ego and dreams of being “#2” knew no bounds. Join Wilson in this special Path to Purchase Expo presentation as he draws on the offbeat genius behind his on-screen characterizations, showing how creativity isn’t simply for artists — it’s for everyone. In this warm, anecdote-filled talk, he'll touch on another subject in which he (and Dwight) are well-versed: office culture. Wilson serves as an amiable guide through the corporate struggles, teamwork challenges, human triumphs, and very real “personalities” that define the workplace. <p>Joining Rainn at the end of his talk will be Shabnam Mogharabi, General Manager of SoulPancake, a media company and creative content studio they co-founded, to lead the P2PX audience through an interactive exercise around joy, purpose and gratitude: "Finding Your Why." This is a "can't miss" session.</p> <p><br /> </p> </div>
Actor, The Office & Co-Founder
Rainn Wilson is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, businessman, and producer. He is best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the NBC sitcom The Office, for which he has earned three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. A native of Seattle, Wilson began acting in college at the University of Washington, and later worked in theatre in New York City after graduating in 1986. Wilson was cast as Dwight Schrute in The Office in 2005, a role which he played until the show's conclusion in 2013. In addition to acting, Wilson published an autobiography, The Bassoon King, in November 2015, and also co-founded the digital media company SoulPancake in 2008.
Shabnam Mogharabi has nearly 20 years of experience in media building startups and organizations with an emphasis on entertainment, news media, digital content, and social platforms. She is currently the General Manager of SoulPancake, a media company and creative content studio she co-founded with actor Rainn Wilson that creates daily positive, socially conscious videos about human connection for television and online distribution that have raked up nearly 1B video views online. She also works with SoulPancake’s parent company, Participant Media, and its board on long-term strategy, acquisition opportunities, and the company’s social impact goals. Prior to SoulPancake, Mogharabi was an award-winning journalist and editor, having served as the youngest Editor-in-Chief at Hanley Wood Business Media. One of the youngest winners of the Jesse H. Neal Award (the Pulitzer Prize of B2B journalism), Mogharabi has also worked as a contributing writer, editor, and stringer for a number of publications, including People, Pool & Spa News, Sunset, and HuffPost. She is a New York Times bestselling author with SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions. Mogharabi is a member of the 2016 class of Henry Crown Fellows and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is a frequent speaker on the importance of joy, how to connect with Millennials, and meaningful online engagement. She resides in Los Angeles, where she is active with a number of interfaith organizations and volunteers with the Crisis Text Line. She is on the board of directors of the national non-profit Tahirih Justice Center and on the advisory boards of Wayfarer Entertainment and Daughters of Rosie. She received her B.A. in journalism and business administration from the University of Southern California and her Master’s in media management from Northwestern University.