Never Is Now: Unite. Learn. Act. Now.
After a year of escalating antisemitism and hate, we must come together. We must be ready—from wherever we are—to speak up in a unified voice that says…
Now is the time to show strength. Now is the time to take action.
Now is the time for Never Is Now.
November 7-9, 2021
Chairman of L'Oréal
Jean-Paul Agon is the recipient of the 2021 ADL Courage Against Hate Award.
Graduated from HEC, Jean-Paul Agon joined the Group in 1978, in which he has worked his entire career. He successively led several of its brands, countries and geographical zones. He created in particular the Asia-Pacific zone in 1997, that has become the 1st region of the Group since, and then managed the North America Zone as of 2001. He became CEO of L’Oréal in 2006, and then Chairman and CEO from 2011 to 2021.
In 15 years, Jean-Paul Agon adapted the company by leading in-depth strategic transformations, notably the digital and e-commerce revolution and the one of responsibility and sustainability. With a double ambition: combining economic performance and exemplarity in environmental, social, ethical and societal fields.
The Ethics Resource Center awarded him the “Pace Leadership in Ethics Award” for L’Oréal’s achievements in the area of business ethics, diversity, financial transparency and sustainable development.
He is a Director of Air Liquide, co-chairman of the France China Committee, a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists, and a Director of the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri).
He is an officer of the French Legion of Honour.
Co-Anchor, ABC News' "Nightline"
Juju Chang is an Emmy® Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline.” She also reports regularly for “Good Morning America” and “20/20.” Chang reported on the recent rise of hate crimes toward the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community as anchor of the ABC News Live special “Stop The Hate: The Rise In Violence Against Asian Americans” and the “20/20” special “Murder In Atlanta” following the Atlanta mass shooting.
Chang has been recognized for her in-depth personal narratives set against the backdrop of pressing national and international news. Her recent reports include a critical examination of the controversial Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) known as the “Remain in Mexico” immigration policy. The story was told through the eyes of one pregnant woman and her family among the 60,000 asylum seekers camped for months along the Rio Grande. Chang’s award-winning report on violence against transgender women of color across the country caps a series of her stories on LGBTQ+ issues. Chang won a GLAAD award for her story on the 25th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder and the legacy his parents have built in his honor. Chang’s exclusive television interview with transgender solider Chelsea Manning, after seven years in prison, explored issues of national security leaks, medical treatment for incarcerated transgender people and LGBTQ+ military service.
Chang has covered the major breaking news for decades for ABC News, including the extensive COVID-19 science and the fallout on hospital ICU’s, health care and essential workers. Chang covered Superstorm Sandy, the Orlando nightclub massacre and the Boston Marathon bombing.
She has traveled around the world to report on global issues and gender-based violence, including a trip through Central Africa on the front lines against Boko Haram and #bringbackourgirls. She traveled to Honduras for “Femicide: the Untold War,” an eye-opening look at rampant violence against women.
Chang has profiled newsmakers like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, former Vice President Joe Biden and Oprah Winfrey as well as entertainers like Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, Tom Hanks and Nicki Minaj. Her extensive feature reporting covers parenting dilemmas, digital addictions and social media moguls like Dude Perfect and Kendall Jenner.
A former news anchor for “Good Morning America,” Chang joined ABC News just after college as an entry-level desk assistant in 1987 and rose to become a producer for “World News Tonight.” After reporting for KGO-TV in San Francisco and the ABC News affiliate service NewsOne in Washington, D.C., she co-anchored the overnight show “World News Now.” Chang’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including multiple Emmy’s, Gracie’s, a DuPont, a Murrow and Peabody awards. In 2017, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Front Page Awards.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Northern California, Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and communication. She is married to WNET president and CEO Neal Shapiro and, together, they have three sons. Chang is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Korean American Community Foundation.
Daniel Dae Kim
Actor, Producer, Activist
Daniel Dae Kim has captivated global audiences with his transformative performances across film, television and theater. His body of work continues to evolve with powerful roles and compelling narratives as an actor, director and producer.
Up first, Kim will appear in an episode of BJ Novak’s The Premise. The show is a fearlessly ambitious new series that uses comedy to engage with the biggest issues of our unprecedented modern era. His episode, “Butt Plug”, tells the story of a once-poor child of immigrants, who has now become one of the world’s richest men presents a chance at redemption to his former school bully: an uninterrupted hour with his board of directors to pitch a very specific product. Written by B.J. Novak and directed by Jake Schreier, Daniel’s episode premieres on FX on October 7th.
Following that, he will star in the second installment of Nat Geo’s scripted anthology series, The Hot Zone: Anthrax. The gripping series marks Daniel’s first leading role in his career and is based on the domestic terror attacks following 9/11. Kim stars as the federal agent on the case, opposite Tony Goldwyn. The show premieres on Nat Geo this Thanksgiving.
Next year, Kim can be seen in AMC’s Pantheon, the ambitious one-hour animated drama, based on a series of short stories by Ken Liu about Uploaded Intelligence. AMC has ordered two seasons of the timely drama, which also features the voices of Katie Chang, Paul Dano, Rosemarie DeWitt, Aaron Eckhart, Taylor Schilling and Ron Livingston. Pantheon will premiere in 2022.
Daniel is currently in production of Apple TV+’s Roar. The anthology series, created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (GLOW) and executive produced by Nicole Kidman, is based on Cecelia Ahern’s book of short stories. The series features eight, half-hour episodes, each told from a female point of view. In Daniel’s episode, a best-selling author receives critical acclaim for her book on being Black in America, she’s flown to Hollywood and as her work becomes increasingly exploited for mass cultural consumption, she slowly starts to turn invisible.
Kim recently starred in Joe Penna’s Stowaway, opposite Toni Collette, Anna Kendrick and Shamier Anderson. After a stowaway is discovered on a mission to Mars, the crew is faced with an existential decision that may jeopardize all their lives. An intensely personal human drama, Netflix released the film worldwide on April 22. Kim also recently lent his vocal talents to Disney +’s Raya and The Last Dragon, which also features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Benedict Wong and Sandra Oh.
Kim’s imperative work as an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion for Asians throughout the US, as well as in Hollywood, has been documented in the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News Nightline and a ground-breaking five-part PBS documentary. Kim has testified in front of Congress twice and was instrumental in the passing of the bill “Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act” In addition to Kim’s public-facing activism work, he is also a founding board member of the newly formed non-profit The Asian American Foundation, which aims to solve for the longstanding underinvestment in AAPI advocacy and power-building infrastructures. Since May, TAAF has already donated $125 million in support of AAPI causes and raised $1.1 billion in its first month.
Kim’s production company, 3AD, which specifically develops content featuring characters that are traditionally underrepresented, in front of, and behind the camera, is extremely active with several projects in development, through a first look deal with Amazon. For the past five years 3AD has produced the hit ABC show, The Good Doctor, which is a one-hour drama featuring a doctor with autism, which Kim adapted from a Korean format – he also serves as Executive Producer. Additionally, a dramedy series entitled Shoot the Moon starring Ken Jeong was just greenlit at Amazon. This is Always is set up at Amazon as well, with Mina Shum writing and directing and Daniel in talks to star. 3AD has several more projects in development, including a highly anticipated heist movie with Randall Park.
Prior to his seven-season portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on the juggernaut series Hawaii Five-0, Kim was perhaps best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series Lost, for which he shared a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble and was individually honored with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition, all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor. He has been repeatedly recognized with the prestigious KoreAm Driven Award in the field of Arts and Entertainment.
In 2016, Kim received a Broadway Beacon Award for his role as the King of Siam in Lincoln Center’s Tony Award-winning production of The King and I, as well as the Theater Legacy Award from New York’s Pan Asian Repertory Theater.
Previous credits include the films: Hellboy, Insurgent, Allegiant, The Jackal, For The Love of The Game, The Hulk, Spider-Man 2, as well as the Academy Award® winning film Crash. Previous television credits include: The Legend of Kora, Flack, New Amsterdam, Crusade, and 24.
Kim has also lent his voice talents to animated series and films, such as the award-winning Studio Ghibli film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, as well as the PBS nature documentary series, Big Pacific, and Asian Americans. Kim has also voiced characters for several video games, most notably, Johnny Gat in the bestselling series, Saints Row.
Born in Busan, South Korea, and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, Kim discovered acting while a student at Haverford College. After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he began his career on stage, performing in classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Ivanov and A Doll’s House. Despite early success, he chose to further his knowledge of the craft by enrolling in New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, where he earned his Master’s Degree.
When not working, Kim and his family make their home in Hawaii.
Israel's Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
Yair Lapid is the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Israel’s 36th Government. He is also the Chairperson of the Yesh Atid Party.
Foreign Minister Lapid was born in Israel in 1963, is married to Lihi and is the father of Yoav, Lior and Yael.
He is the son of the late Yosef ‘Tommy’ Lapid, who was a journalist and later CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, Member of Knesset, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, and of Shulamit Lapid, an author who has published numerous works in Hebrew and was former chair of the Israeli Writers’ Association.
Before entering politics, Minister Lapid was a journalist, television presenter, creator and writer. He published 12 best-selling books, the most prominent of which was Memories After My Death, written about his late father’s life and reached the top of the bestseller list 100 times and has been translated into many languages. He published a weekly newspaper column that was the most widely read in the Israeli press, and presented multiple TV programs, that won numerous awards as well as being the most watched news show on Israeli TV. In addition, Foreign Minister Lapid has written hit songs which reached the top of the charts in Israel.
Before entering politics, Minister Lapid was active in many social organizations, including: Aleh -the Association for Assistance to People with Special Needs; “Children at Risk” for Autistic Children; YRF Association for Renewal in Education for Young People with Disabilities and taught citizenship at a school in Jaffa.
In 2012, Lapid announced his entry into politics and founded the Yesh Atid party, which he heads to this day. Yesh Atid is a centrist, Zionist, and liberal party. At the center of its ideological concept is to clean up the political system and fight corruption, balance between the Jewish and democratic values of the country, fights for the rights of women, LGBT and other minority groups, strengthen Israeli law enforcement and improve education and science. The party believes in strengthening security in Israel, striving for regional stability and extending Israel’s hand in peace to all its neighbors.
In the 2013 general election, Yesh Atid was the surprise party of the election receiving over half a million votes, and becoming the second largest party in the Knesset (Israeli parliament), with 19 seats. The Yesh Atid party held, in addition to the finance portfolio, the education portfolio, the health portfolio, the welfare portfolio and the science, technology and space portfolio. Minister Lapid served as the Minister of Finance and was a member of the political-security cabinet, during Operation “Protective Edge”.
In 2013, Lapid was included in TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world and Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers.
In the elections to the 24th Knesset, Yesh Atid received 17 seats. Minister Lapid received the mandate from President Reuven Rivlin to form a government, and on the 2nd June 2021 Minister Lapid informed the President that he had been successful in forming a government coalition. On 13th June 2021 the new government was sworn in and Yair Lapid became Minister of Foreign Affairs.
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Unity in the Face of Antisemitism: Jewish Leaders on How to Fight Hate
The Jewish community represents incredible diversity, constituencies, beliefs, geography, and points of view – they are not a monolith. The impact of antisemitic incidents can be felt by the entire community. Hear from leaders of various religious movements about how they are finding common ground and taking action.
How Disinformation Campaigns Fuel Antisemitism and Extremism
Understand the dangers of conspiracies and disinformation (think global pandemic, rise of QAnon, contentious elections) on our national landscape, and what can be done to stop them before they spiral out of control.
Combating Anti-Zionist and Antisemitic Activism in Progressive Spaces
Panelists at this session will examine real life examples of anti-Zionist activism, including providing insights into differentiating between critique of Israel and actions that create environments where antisemitism is tolerated and even emboldened.
Click. Like. Share. Why Regulating Social Media Platforms is So Difficult (CLE)
“Why is it so difficult to regulate social media? In this workshop, you will learn what is and is not legal on social media and considerations about regulating Big Tech. We’ll discuss what platforms and policymakers can do to curb hate, antisemitism and discrimination.
Confronting Antisemitism on Campus: A How-To Guide
Jewish college students are experiencing antisemitism on campus and on social media with alarming frequency. In partnership with Hillel International, we will hear directly from college students and educators about how to identify and respond to college campus incidents and the role community members can play to foster safer learning environments for young people.
About Never is Now
Join us virtually as we listen, learn and share alongside thousands of experts, students, community leaders and more—all united in an effort to rally our communities in the pursuit of a better tomorrow. In the midst of the highest rates of antisemitic incidents ever tracked by ADL, we’re tackling crucial conversations about hate and bigotry in today’s world and creating a stronger, more inclusive movement for the future.
The only voice missing is yours.
Explore the extraordinary speakers we’ve had at past Summits and click here to see just some of the people who will be speaking this year.
Founder & CEO, Chobani
Sacha Baron Cohen
Actor, Screenwriter, Director
Rt Hon Joan Ryan
Former Member of Parliament
Executive Chairman of the Board, Merck & Co., Inc.