Global Conference 2010

Speaker's Biography

Maria Shriver

Best-Selling Author, Journalist and California First Lady

Maria Shriver, a best-selling author and journalist, has been California's First Lady since 2003. She has used her voice to advocate on behalf of women, the working poor, the intellectually disabled and families struggling with Alzheimer′s. She has created numerous programs and initiatives under the banner of WE — WE Prepare, WE Build, WE Garden, WE Invest, WE Educate, WE Act, WE Connect — that have been successful in motivating people to unite across gender, economic and party lines. She has also launched the largest statewide volunteer matching network at, which hosts a database of more than 45,000 service opportunities. Shriver also serves on the advisory board of the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute. She has been a network news correspondent and anchor for CBS and NBC, winning Peabody and Emmy awards. She is the author of six New York Times best-selling books. Shriver is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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