With broad experience in public service, the practice of law and non-profit Board service, Victoria Reggie Kennedy is recognized as an authority on strategy, communications and governance. A highly sought after and dynamic public speaker, Mrs. Kennedy is able to frame critical issues into messages that resonate with and move audiences to action. Her strong business judgment, ability to grapple with complex issues, financial acumen and ability to create strategic missions are hallmarks of her career.
In Her Presentations, Vicki Kennedy inspires and motivates audiences around the country to be active participants in the life of the country and in their own lives. Topics of particular interest are: Healthcare Reform; Patient Advocacy; Engagement in the Political Process; and Empowerment of Women and Girls.
What Does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Mean For Me?
A powerful advocate for the enactment of healthcare reform, Vicki Kennedy was standing at President Obama’s side at the White House as he signed the landmark reform legislation into law in March 2010. She continues to advocate for the law and explain its benefits to audiences around the country.
Forging the Path to Success: Tomorrow’s Women Today
Vicki Kennedy encourages women to be involved and proactive decision makers in their own lives. She speaks on a broad range of topics relating to the empowerment of women of all ages, including leadership, education and training, health, family, democratic participation, economic issues, and more.
Empowering Patient Navigation through the Healthcare System
The job of caregiver is one of the most complex and challenging roles anyone will undertake. Vicki Kennedy brings a first-hand perspective and deeply personal interest to the topic of caregiving and patient advocacy. She speaks frequently to patient and family groups, encouraging them to be advocates for the best medical care they can receive.
Victoria Reggie Kennedy has served in key strategic and political roles on issues ranging from health and education to labor, especially as those issues affect women and children, and she advocates for involvement in the political process. In 1994 she established the Massachusetts Women’s Council during the election campaign, which served as a model for women’s councils in other campaigns around the country. Mrs. Kennedy was actively involved in the passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and stood at President Obama’s side at the signing of the bill into law. She continues to discuss the benefits of the law to constituency groups around the country.
She is Co-Founder and President of the Board of Trustees of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United State Senate in Boston. The Institute has been established to invigorate public discourse, encourage participatory democracy and inspire the next generation of citizens and leaders. Mrs. Kennedy has served in a hands-on capacity throughout the Institute’s development and endowment campaign. She continues to spearhead the design, planning, oversight and building of the 40,000 sq. ft. institute, which will include a representation of the U.S. Senate Chamber. The building will be located on the campus of UMass Boston, adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Library. Her efforts are bringing together innovative, interactive, high technology programming to educate visitors about the essential role of the U.S. Senate within our system of government.
In Washington, D.C., Mrs. Kennedy is a member of the Board of Trustees (a Presidential appointment) of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where she chairs its Education Committee and is a member of the ad hoc Committee on Architecture and Design.
She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, a lay initiative to assist Catholic Church parishes, church organizations and religious orders promote excellence and best practices in management, finances and human resource development. Her Boston based roles include current service as a Distinguished Professor and Mentor at the University of Massachusetts and as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.