BUSINESS Award-Winning Artist Common to Speak at Vision Expo’s Inaugural EYE2EYE Series By Staff Monday, March 11, 2019 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Award-winning artist Common will headline Vision Expo East’s inaugural EYE2EYE series, according to an announcement from show organizers. Common will take part in “an inspirational and empowering conversation” with attendees at the BRIDGE, a new Exhibit Hall destination, on Friday, March 22, from 5:00–5:45 p.m. with a 15-minute Q&A to follow, the announcement said. Prior to the conversation, Common will be available for a private meet and greet at 4:30 p.m. Only one Tony Award away from becoming an EGOT—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony—winner, Common is an American hip-hop recording artist, actor, film producer and poet who has be honored with three Grammy Awards and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Additionally, he received a 2015 Golden Globe Award and a 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song, Glory. Common is renowned for his roles in many films and is an executive producer and actor for the Showtime series, The Chi. During his engaging interview at Vision Expo East, the Common will share his experiences of storytelling, messaging and his passion for creativity. In advance of the show, Vision Expo will crowdsource additional questions and topics from attendees. “Vision Expo is thrilled to have accomplished creative visionary Common kick-off Vision Expo’s EYE2EYE series,” said Mitch Barkley, The Vision Council’s vice president of trade shows and meetings. “This event will expand Vision Expo’s environment of learning with exciting content to empower and challenge ideas.” Common is the creator of the Common Ground Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower underprivileged youth to be strong citizens of the world. Additionally, Common is part of the Recording Academy’s newly formed Diversity Task Force led by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, Tina Tchen, to address the complaints about the lack of female award winners at the 2018 Grammys. Space will be limited and it will be first-come, first-served. To RSVP for the event, click here. To register for Vision Expo East 2019, visit VisionExpoNY.com.