Award Winning Entertainer and Creator
2019 National Teacher of the Year
Illustrator and Best-Selling Author
Award Winning Entertainer and CreatorLilly Singh is a multi-faceted entertainer, actress, producer, writer and creator. She is the host of “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” her NBC late-night talk show that premiered on September 16. This makes her the only woman to currently host a late-night talk show on a Big 4 network. She is also an executive producer as part of her company, Unicorn Island Productions.
A leading force in the digital world, she has amassed a global audience of millions across her social media channels, where she writes, produces and stars in comedic and inspirational videos.
Lilly appeared in Ramin Bahrani’s Emmy nominated HBO film Fahrenheit 451 opposite Michael Shannon and Michael B. Jordan. She has also appeared in the feature films Ice Age: Collision Course and Bad Moms.
Lilly is a New York Times Best Selling author with her book HOW TO BE A BAWSE: A Guide to Surviving Conquering Life. She has collaborated with Selena Gomez, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Gates, Michelle Obama, Zendaya and Priyanka Chopra among others. Singh starred in and produced her own YouTube Red feature length film, A Trip to Unicorn Island, in 2016.
A successful entrepreneur, Singh released her own best-selling signature lipstick called BAWSE with Smashbox and has collaborated with Calvin Klein, Pantene and Olay. Singh was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 Hollywood & Entertainment list, Fast Company's Most Creative People and TIME named her one of the most influential people on the internet.
In 2017, UNICEF appointed Lilly as one of their Goodwill Ambassadors. As a prominent voice and activist for women's rights and girls’ access to education, Singh created her #GirlLove initiative to inspire positivity among women in order to better support each other's voices and encourage upward mobility.
2019 National Teacher of the YearRodney Robinson is a 19-year teaching veteran. He became a teacher in honor of his mother, who was denied an education as a child due to segregation and poverty in rural Virginia. In 2015, Robinson started teaching at Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, in an effort to better understand and prevent students from entering the school-to-prison pipeline.
Robinson has been published three times by Yale University and has received numerous awards for his accomplishments in and out of the classroom, most notably the R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence. He is a member of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s Education Compact Team which recruits underrepresented male teachers into the field of education. He has also worked with Pulitzer Award winning author James Foreman on developing curriculum units on race, class, and punishment as a part of the Yale Teacher’s Institute.
Illustrator and Best-Selling AuthorMari Andrew is a writer, illustrator, and speaker who shares her work daily on Instagram @bymariandrew. What started out as making one drawing a day for a year as a form of self-expression following a season of grief and loss has inspired 1 million devoted fans around the world. Her first book, Am I There Yet?, debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list. Mari is an avid traveler and a dance enthusiast who calls New York City home.<>