Keely Cat-Wells is an Entrepreneur and Disability Activist dedicated to making social, systematic, and economic change. Keely is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe Entertainment 2021 honoree, an Aerie Change-Maker, Advisory Board Member at Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, has been a Disability Subject Matter Expert at Google and The Lego Group. Keely is also the CEO and Founder of C Talent and Zetta Studios.
Keely founded her first company at a young age during her time in hospital, which developed into C Talent. C Talent represents Deaf and Disabled artists, athletes and influencers globally with the goal of normalizing disabled people being experts in subjects beyond disability. C Talent also provides disability and accessibility consulting for the entertainment industry and Fortune 500 companies. After noticing the lack of access in the entertainment industry, Keely formed Zetta Studios which is set to be the world’s first-ever studio to be a fully accessible, designed with disabled people in mind.
C Talent is proud to represent artists such as CJ Jones – who has worked on films such as “Baby Driver” (2017) and the “Avatar” franchise, TikTok Influencer Anastasia Pagonis – who is a record-breaking Paralympic swimmer on Team USA, Marsha Elle – who was a Playboy cover model, Drag Syndrome the world’s first drag troop featuring drag Queens and Kings with Down Syndrome – who has worked with Vogue, RuPaul’s DragCon, and the Royal Opera House. In addition, Danny Murphy – who starred in “The Parts You Lose” (2019) alongside “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul, Tatiana Lee – who has modeled for brands such as Apple, Target, and Zappos, Imani Barbarin – otherwise known as ‘Crutches and Spice’… And many more!
C Talent was awarded as a Red Backpack Fund Recipient from Spanx by The Sara Blakely Foundation and gained corporate sponsorship from American Eagle Outfitters. Under the banner of C Talent, Keely has spoken as a Disability Subject Matter Expert for companies and organizations including the United Nations, Google, UCLA, The Portland Film Festival, Comcast NBCUniversal Xfinity, India National Ability Summit, Toronto International Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, Virgin Media’s Ultraviolet event among others. C Talent’s consulting clients include Virgin Media, the International Paralympic Committee, Adam&EveDDB, The National Lottery, NBC, LEGO, and more.
Keely is also working with Sara Hart Weir to eliminate section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, an 80+ year old discriminatory statue that provides the foundation of a system that permits employers of disabled workers to file for certificates that allows them to pay disabled employees subminimum wage – even to this date. We believe there is no right or left with disability, only forward.
“I believe to change the world; we have to learn to tell and listen to a new set of stories about the world we want to create, in accessible spaces and with authentic voices. Knowledge is power, and the media is a global teacher whether we actively realize it when we are watching entertainment or not.”