Xian Horn

Xian Horn is a joyful half-Asian woman with Cerebral Palsy, who serves as teacher, speaker, beauty advocate, blogger, and Exemplar for the AT&T NYU Connect Ability Challenge toward the creation of Assistive Technology. She was named in 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews in 2017. Xian's Give Beauty Wings’ Self-Esteem programs originated and continue at NYU's Initiative for Women with Disabilities, the Jewish Community Center Manhattan, and M.S. 131. She has presented her classes at United Cerebral Palsy, Center for the Independence of the Disabled NY, the Standing Tall school (a school for non-verbal children), & her alma mater New York City Lab School, where she was commencement speaker in 2014. Xian has spoken at Apple, AppNexus, for the New York Public Library, Barnard College, Williams College, the ReelAbilities film festival (where she is on the Film Selection Committee). In 2018, Xian was invited to Cooper Hewitt's Accessibility Advisory Committee. She has served on the NY Women's Foundation Committee for the Future and mentored at the White House for Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0., the US Business Leadership Network's Innovation Lab, coaching their Rising Leaders, as well as high school students at the Future Project and IMentor. Xian has also run vocational workshops for the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities for Disability Mentoring Day. She served the State Department's International Visitors Leadership Program's European delegation, and has been on the State Department's Speaker's Bureau since 2016. Xian has been featured in The White House Blog's Women Working To Do Good series, NPR, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, Bloomberg News, NBC News, Fox 5 and NY1 among others. Xian starred in the Starlight Children's Foundation's PSA, Give Actually campaign. Since Fall of 2016, Xian has worked with Open Style Lab's team at Parson's where they created a couture coat tailored for her needs. She is also a blogger for Positively Positive - a community of over 2.5 million readers.


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