2022 keynote speaker
Qian Julie Wang
NY TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR & CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATOR
Qian Julie Wang is a litigator and the author of Beautiful Country. Beautiful Country was released in 2021 and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Lauded as an “essential book for our times” and named one of the New York Times Book Review’s Notable Books of 2021, Beautiful Country is a poignant and heartrending literary memoir that intimately retraces Qian Julie’s childhood footsteps where at age seven, she moved from China to Brooklyn, New York with her parents, and overnight went from being the daughter of professors to being deemed “illegal.” With an open heart and a strong passion for advocacy and bringing awareness to marginalized communities, she uses her unique gift for storytelling to transcend the business, legal, political, and literary worlds and focus on the humanity at the heart of these issues.
As a litigator, Qian Julie has been praised by clients as “exceptionally talented” and “exemplary.” For a decade, she has represented Fortune 500 corporations, governmental entities, and individuals in complex civil litigation. Qian Julie is now a managing partner at Gottlieb & Wang LLP and is dedicated to advocating for marginalized communities’ education and discrimination rights.
Qian Julie is a graduate of Yale Law School and Swarthmore Colleges. Her short pieces have appeared in major publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. Qian Julie currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Salty and Peppers.