Women's Leadership Forum 2017 Partners

Maysoon Zayid

Actress, Comedian, Disability advocate, and Writer

Maysoon Zayid is an actress, comedian, disability advocate, and writer.

She received a BA in Acting from Arizona State University and is the co-founder of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival.

Maysoon had the number one TED Talk of 2014 and was named 1 of 100 Women of 2015 by BBC.

As a professional comedian, Maysoon has performed in top New York clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. She was a headliner on the "Arabs Gone Wild" Comedy Tour and "The Muslims Are Coming" Tour, and appeared alongside Adam Sandler in “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan”.

Maysoon was a full-time On-Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann and has recently appeared on The Queen Latifah Show and Huffington Post Live. She is also a recurring columnist at The Daily Beast.

She is the founder of Maysoon's Kids, an education and wellness program for disabled and wounded refugee children.