Abigail E. Disney advocates for real changes to the way capitalism operates in today’s world. As a philanthropist and social activist, she has worked with organizations supporting peacebuilding, gender justice, and systemic cultural change. She is an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker and Co-Founder of Fork Films, a nonfiction media production company, which produces original documentaries and the podcast “All Ears.” Her latest film, “The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales,” which she co-directed with Kathleen Hughes, made its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released theatrically in September 2022, and is available on-demand.
Abigail is also Chair and Co-Founder of Level Forward, an ecosystem of storytellers, entrepreneurs, and social change-makers dedicated to balancing artistic vision, social impact, and stakeholder return. She also created the nonprofit Peace is Loud, which uses storytelling to advance social movements and the Daphne Foundation, which supports organizations working for a more equitable, fair and peaceful New York City.
She is an internationally sought-after speaker & panelist who has graced the stage at The Women’s Economic Summit-Paris, Financial Times Women at The Top Summit, Fast Company’s Impact Council, and DealBook DC Strategy Forum. And, her 2020 TED Talk entitled, “Dignity isn’t a privilege. It’s a worker’s right,” has garnered nearly 2 million views.
As a progressive activist who speaks out against corporate greed and the need to tax the top 1% more, Disney has testified before the US House Committee on Financial Services, the Senate Finance Subcommittee, and the Senate Budget Committee.
Disney has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN’s “At This Hour with Kate Bolduan,” Washington Post, WTF with Marc Maron, The Guardian, CNN Business, BBC Radio, “Democracy Now,” KCRW “The Business,” Parade, The American Prospect, Bloomberg Businessweek Radio, TED Radio Hour, NowThis, Agenda – Financial Times, among other outlets.
Disney’s writing has appeared in print and online versions of The Atlantic, CNN Business, Washington Post, and USA Today.