Actress, Most Well Known for her Role as Becky in "Glee"; In November 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Potter to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
An inspiration to all, Lauren Potter has proven herself a young woman of strength and character. She’s overcome bullying and the challenges of living with a disability, and is currently on her 5th season on the TV show GLEE. When professionals told Lauren she ‘couldn’t’ or ‘wouldn’t,’ she worked harder – sometimes to the point…
An inspiration to all, Lauren Potter has proven herself a young woman of strength and character. She’s overcome bullying and the challenges of living with a disability, and is currently on her 5th season on the TV show GLEE.
When professionals told Lauren she ‘couldn’t’ or ‘wouldn’t,’ she worked harder – sometimes to the point of exhaustion. Barriers and limitations put before her became a personal challenge to let people know she is worthy of high ideals and capable of great expectations.
Lauren danced before she could walk. She began dance classes at the age of three, and has been dancing ever since. She made her first acting debut in the movie “Mr. Blue Sky”, playing the part of young Andra Little. Her acting skills impressed the producers of Glee enough that they offered her a part on the hit FOX television program. Now in her fourth season with Glee, playing the part of Becky Jackson continues to open doors for Lauren, and she hopes those doors will open wider still! In 2012 Lauren was nominated for a SAG Award for her work in the Ensemble In A Comedy Series category for her work on GLEE. She was also honored with the SAG/AFTRA Harold Russell Award at the 2012 Media Access Awards.
Lauren is thrilled to be using the public “voice” that Glee has given her to speak out for other people with disabilities who may not have the same opportunities. She was recently appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, she is on the International Board of Best Buddies, she has participated in the Ablilitypath.org campaign against bullying, which included a PSA, she worked with Special Olympics in their “End the Word” campaign, is lending her name and fame to numerous organizations, including the Wylie Center, the Arc, the Down Syndrome Association in the U.S. and Canada, the Down Syndrome Congress, the AAPD, and many others. She feels honored to have received awards for her inclusion and diversity from the Arc, The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles, and the Full Life Festival, as well as accommodations from local and California State politicians.
Lauren has both benefitted from and is committed to a simple ideal: that she shares in the rights and privileges of all citizens and has much to offer. By simple extension, she believes these rights extend to all people.
We are pleased to present Lauren for speaking engagements, personal appearances, as an event emcee and more. As a speaker, Lauren will tell her story, share her challenges and success, tell anecdotes from her work in Hollywood, and host a Q&A and meet & greet. For personal appearances or to emcee an event, Lauren brings her great attitude and fun personality. She’s hip, she’s cool and she’s inspirational.
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
Lauren will tell her story, share her challenges and success, tell anecdotes from her work in Hollywood, and host a Q&A and meet & greet. Lauren brings her great attitude and fun personality. She’s hip, she’s cool and she’s inspirational.
GLEE'S LAUREN POTTER REFUSES TO BE A VICTIM OF BULLYING
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