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Gabrielle Carteris talk is about a need for a change in the Entertainment industry and for equality among men and women.

Gabrielle Carteris was elected SAG-AFTRA president on April 9, 2016. She was previously elected executive vice president in 2013, at the union’s inaugural national convention and reelected in 2015 at the union’s second national convention. She is the chair of the National TV/Theatrical Contracts Negotiating Committee and leads the President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach and Engagement. Carteris was appointed in August 2016 to serve on the AFL-CIO’s executive council.

Carteris became a household name playing Andrea Zuckerman on the Aaron Spelling program Beverly Hills, 90210. A show with a shaky beginning, 90210 ended up being one of the longestrunning one-hour series in television history and has been viewed in more than 100 countries. The success of the show allowed Carteris to get involved with many great organizations, including DARE, Noxzema Extraordinary Teen program, MADD, Read to Grow, Best Buddies and the Sky’s The Limit Fund. In August 2016, she was honored by the Jewish Labor Committee Western Region with the Elinor Glenn Leadership Award.

​Carteris has also worked as a producer, creating a series of specials called Lifestories, which led to her producing and hosting her own talk show for Fox, Gabrielle. Recent credits include a recurring role on Code Black and guest-starring roles on Criminal Minds, Make It or Break It, The Event, Longmire, The Middle, a new web series called Send Me, and the holiday television movie 12 Christmas Wishes. On stage, she performed a special presentation of The Vagina Monologues to raise money to combat violence against women and child abuse. A fierce advocate for inclusion and equity for all, Carteris led the union's fight to pass the "IMDb Law," which helps mitigate rampant age discrimination in the entertainment and media industry. In 2016, she testified before the California Senate Judiciary Committee, authored editorials and organized a letter, fax and email campaign to urge Governor Brown to sign AB 1687.

Carteris previously served Screen Actors Guild in 2008 as fifth alternate national director, in 2009 as first alternate national director and in 2010 she began a three-year term as national board member. Her previous American Federation of Television and Radio Artists service includes two consecutive terms on the AFTRA Los Angeles Local Board and the AFTRA 2 National Board, three terms as AFTRA convention in the delegate/actor category and, in 2011, she was elected Los Angeles Local president and national second vice president. She was a part of the G1 (Group for One Union) and helped with developing the plan to merge SAG and AFTRA.

She also served SAG-AFTRA during the transition year as national vice president, Los Angeles.

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