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about amy.

Amisha (Amy) Padnani is an award-winning senior staff editor at The New York Times and a keynote speaker on topics such as diversity and highlighting people who are often underrepresented in society.


She is the creator of a project called Overlooked, which tells the stories of remarkable women and people of color whose deaths were never reported by the paper in its 168-year history.  After joining The Times's obituaries desk as an editor, Amy noticed that the section was dominated by white men and sought ways to balance its coverage. Overlooked launched in 2018 with the stories of 15 women, and has since included people of color and subjects from the L.G.B.T.Q. and disability communities. A book, published in Nov. 2023, features 66 Overlooked obituaries, about two dozen of which have never appeared in The Times before. The project was also the inspiration for a musical production by The Waa-Mu Show at Northwestern University.


Amy's speaking engagements have included TED, Creative Mornings, the National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Dead Ladies Show, Dropbox, Button and other organizations. She has been interviewed on NPR, Democracy Now, CBC, CBS and the BBC and many other media organizations.


She was named Incredible Woman of the Year by Porter Magazine in 2018 and has won a number of other awards since.





March 28, 2018:   Overlooked Launch at the New School, New York, NY

October 11, 2018: Writing the Wrongs of Omission, Los Angeles, CA

February 2, 2019:  Brooklyn Public Library's The Night of Philosophy, Brooklyn, NY

March 5,  2019:  Overlooked anniversary event, YBCA, San Francisco, CA

April 10, 2019:  Dead Ladies Show, New York, NY

April 19, 2019:  Creative Mornings Lecture Series, New York, NY

April 24, 2019:  National Museum for Women in the Arts,
Washington, D.C.

May 9, 2019:  Northwestern Universicy, Evanston, Ill.

May 22, 2019:  New York Times Scholarship Awards Dinner, New York, NY

June 19, 2019: The New York Times Let's Talk About Race Brunch, Cannes, France

June 20, 2019: IPG Summit, With All Due Respect: Turning Intention into Impact, Cannes, France

July 11, 2019: TED Talk, New York, NY

October 5, 2019:  Forefront Annual Gala, New York, NY

October 25, 2019:  Barnard Collegee, New York, NY

November 7, 2019:  Diversity in Digital Conference, New York, NY

November 12, 2019:  Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

December 6, 2019:  Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill

January 23, 2020:  Society of Professional Journalists, Washington, D.C.

April 1, 2020:  Women's Leadership Forum, Philadelphia, PA

April 16, 2020:  Newport Symposium: Movers, Shakers and Makers, Newport, R.I.

October 28, 2022:  Society of Professional Journalists, Washington, D.C.

July 18, 2023:  A Celebration of Storytelling, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

November 6, 2023:  Georgetown University

November 15, 2023: Newswomen's Club, National Arts Club, New York, NY




"Overlooked: A Celebration of Remarkable Underappreciated People Who Broke the Rules and Changed the World." (2023)



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