In Conversation With

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2022  | 5:30 PM
BEANFIELD CENTRE, TORONTO

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KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR

Event chairs Jonathan Bronfman and Elizabeth Squibb
ALLY AGAINST ANTISEMITISM
RENOWNED AUTHOR
SOCIAL JUSTICE CHAMPION
NBA ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is recognized by the world as one of the greatest basketball players who ever played the game, as well as a committed social activist and award-winning writer. As a player, he was the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points, a 6x NBA champion, and the league’s only 6x MVP. TIME magazine dubbed him “History’s Greatest Player” and ESPN and the Pac-12 named him the #1 Collegiate Athlete of the 21st Century.
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Moderator

Deborah Morales

Deborah Morales is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Iconomy, which helps celebrities and prominent business personalities realize their unique personal brands. As Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's business manager for almost 30 years she has guided his transition from basketball legend to an award-winning writer, sought after speaker, filmmaker and social activist.
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She has negotiated multi-million dollar deals with major brands in publishing, film and licensing  as well as creating speaking platforms. She has produced documentaries including On the Shoulders of Giants about the Harlem Renaissance, which earned both an NAACP Image Award and Telly Award for best documentary, as well as HBO’s Emmy award-winning, most-watched sports documentary of all time Minority of One, which chronicles the life and career of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. She has elevated Abdul-Jabbar’s career from success to significance by developing various platforms for him to pursue his commitment to social justice. Ms. Morales partnered with The NBA to launch the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award that recognizes current NBA players for their off the court activism. In collaboration with Abdul-Jabbar, she co-founded  The Skyhook Foundation which supports STEM education for 4th and 5th graders to “Give Kids a Shot that Can’t be Blocked."

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