Meet the Speakers – Fall 2023 HRTS DE&I Executive Salon Presented by Easterseals Disability Services


Christine Ha
Chef, Restauranteur, MasterChef Season 3 Winner

Christine Ha is the first-ever blind contestant and season 3 winner of the competitive amateur cooking television show “MasterChef” with Gordon Ramsay. She defeated over 30,000 home cooks across America to secure the coveted MasterChef title, a $250,000 cash prize, and a cookbook deal. “The lady has an extraordinary palate, a palate of incredible finesse. She
picks up hot ingredients, touches them, and she thinks about this image on the plate. She has the most disciplined execution on a plate that we’ve ever seen. But the palate is where it’s just extraordinary. And honestly, I know chefs with Michelin stars that don’t have palates like hers.” –Chef Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef judge.

Jonathan Murray
Founder, Bunim Murray Productions

Widely credited with helping to usher in the modern reality television genre with his late partner Mary-Ellis Bunim. Since the launch of The Real World on MTV in 1992, Murray has created and executive produced some of the industry’s most innovative, unscripted, entertainment television Programs winning Emmy awards for Born This Way and Autism: The Musical (HBO). He also is a principal in New Works Provincetown, a theater development lab.

Matt Ogen
Director, Oscar Nominated Audible on Netflix

Matt Ogens is an Academy Award® nominated director known for capturing authentic human stories through an evocative visual and narrative aesthetic.

His breakthrough documentary “Confessions of a Superhero” premiered at SXSW to critical acclaim and attracted a devoted following, and he subsequently went on to earn a Primetime Emmy Award for his “From Harlem with Love” installment of ESPN 30 for 30. Recent projects include the two-time Emmy-nominated documentary series “Why We Fight,” which Ogens created and executive produces, as well as the Emmy- nominated “LA Louvre,” an augmented reality film he directed for RYOT and Huffington Post.


Josh Welsh
President, Film Independent 

As President of Film Independent, Josh Welsh directly oversees all programs and operations of the nonprofit arts organization. Since Welsh became President in 2012, the organization has grown significantly, from staff to budget to program slate, including a more than 100% increase in Membership. Under Welsh’s leadership, Film Independent has deepened strategic partnerships with studios, NGOs and governments and increased international reach by partnering with the State Department on the Global Media Makers program. He has expanded the organization’s commitment to promoting diversity in the film industry and has amplified Film Independent’s role as an advocate for filmmakers.