May 15 Keynote Conversation

Ashley Judd

Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress Ashley Judd is well-known for starring in box office hits and independent films. On Friday May 15, keynote host Roman Mars will interview Ashley about her work as a social justice humanitarian, environmentalist, and political activist.

Ashley Judd


Ashley Judd has been working internationally, with NGOs, grass roots organizations, and governments since 2004. Presently, she is Leader in Practice at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School Government. She is the Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, traveling to countries like Jordan, Ukraine, Turkey, India, and Bangladesh, to fight gender- and sexual-based violence.

She is also the Global Ambassador for Population Services International and for Polaris Project, which seeks to end human trafficking, and she is a founding member of Time’s Up.

Ashley serves on the advisory boards of International Center for Research on Women, Apne Aap Worldwide, and Demand Abolition. She is chairperson of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project: Curbing Abuse, Expanding Freedom.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Ashley earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2010. Her paper, Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice, won the Dean’s Scholar Award at Harvard Law School.

Ashley has traveled to twenty countries doing human rights work on all fronts, including maternal health, child survival, family planning, STD and HIV prevention, and malaria prevention and treatment, and has testified before the General Assembly of the United Nations on sex and labor slavery.

“The more we hear their stories, the more motivated we are to heal the social systems of oppression that victimized them in the first place. I believe that the art of compassionate witnessing is at the core of global change and peace building.”

She has spoken at the London School of Economics’ Family Planning Summit, the London School of Economics with the Clinton Foundation, the Democratic National Convention, and the TIME 100 Health Summit 2019.

Ashley is the United Nation’s 2019 Humanitarian of the Year for her work on ending human trafficking and was chosen by the Secretary General as Advocate of the Year. Ashley has received the prestigious Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award.

At the University of Kentucky, she established the Ashley T. Judd Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women.

Ashley was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year 2017: The Silence Breakers issue, honoring her as the first named source in the New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning story exposing Harvey Weinstein’s years of sexual predation.


Event details
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Friday, May 15, 5–6:30pm
Los Angeles Convention Center

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