Victoria Reggie Kennedy

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  • Authority on Strategy, Communications and Governance
  • Inspirational Speaker & Advocate for Political Empowerment
  • Co-Founder & President of the Board of Trustees of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
  • Advocate for Historic Healthcare Legislation

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. 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.

 
  

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Vicki Kennedy spoke at the Patient Advocate Foundation’s 11th Annual Patient Congress in Washington DC, and my colleague who was in attendance said, 'there was not a single dry eye in the room,' when she finished her speech.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Victoria Reggie Kennedy
  • Union League Club of Chicago
  • South Shore Hospital
  • Hebrew SeniorLife
  • American Brain Tumor Association
  • Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology
  • The James, Ohio State University
  • Catholic Charities
  • Patient Advocate Foundation
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Healthcare Today

A powerful advocate for healthcare reform, Vicki Kennedy was actively involved in the passage of the Affordable Care Act. She continues to bring a knowledgeable and passionate voice to the issue of healthcare today. ...

A powerful advocate for healthcare reform, Vicki Kennedy was actively involved in the passage of the Affordable Care Act . She continues to bring a knowledgeable and passionate voice to the issue of healthcare today.

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. ...

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 advocate ...

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.

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<p>Victoria R. Kennedy empowers audience of students; receives prestigious award  </p>

Victoria R. Kennedy empowers audience of students; receives prestigious award  

During Tulane’s 2nd annual Celebration of Scholarship, Victoria R. Kennedy delivered a heartfelt speech to almost 200 students and benefactors. At an event that emphasized Tulane’s efforts to celebrate the positive, lifelong impact of philanthropy on both students and patrons, Kennedy reflected on her personal experience, highlighting how opportunities given to her family were only possible through education-based philanthropy programs. A true champion for the arts and education, Kennedy recently received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor thanks to her impactful work as the President of the Board and Co-Founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, which has won international awards for its innovative design and approach to participatory democracy, and energizing civil discourse.

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Victoria Reggie Kennedy is Co-Founder and President of the Board of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Find out more about this civic institution.

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Vicki Kennedy opens up about the Kennedy Institute

Ahead of the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Victoria Reggie Kennedy spoke about the wishes of her husband before he died in 2009, the challenges of creating the institute, and her hopes for its future.

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Biography

Victoria Reggie (Vicki) Kennedy is both an accomplished attorney and a non-­‐profit  leader.  As senior counsel in the corporate and securities practice group at Greenberg Traurig LLP, she advises clients on governmental, governance and regulatory issues and assists them in devising strategies for the resolution of complex business problems.

She is President of the Board and co-­founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a non-­partisan, non-­profit  organization  in Boston that educates the public about the unique role of the United States Senate in our democracy.  The Kennedy Institute has won international awards for its innovative and interactive design and approach to encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.

She served as a Member of Bi-­‐Partisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, a group of national leaders who investigated and made recommendations to overcome the causes and consequences of America’s partisan political divide.

In addition to her advocacy for civic engagement and civil discourse, Kennedy is a champion for arts education and outreach to underserved communities.  She has a Presidential appointment to serve as a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where she chairs the Education Committee.  She is a member of the Board of Fund  II Foundation, which among other things, works to provide music education in public schools and to preserve the cultural richness of the African American experience.

In addition to her law practice, board service and non-­profit leadership roles, Kennedy has been a leading voice for the empowerment of women and girls in our society. She also is an advocate for expanding medical research and for access to health care to all Americans.  She 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 is the author of op-­ed pieces which have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Washington  Post, the Philadelphia  Enquirer and other newspapers.

Kennedy has received numerous honors and awards: the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2017); the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement (2016);  American Task Force for Lebanon Lifetime Achievement Award (2016); the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America Award for Activism and Advocacy (2015); the Women’s Guild of Cedars Sinai Hospital Woman of the 21st Century Award (2013); the Susan G. Komen Honoring the Promise Betty Ford Lifetime Achievement Award (2013) and many other community awards.  She has been awarded eight honorary doctoral degrees.

Kennedy earned a JD, summa cum laude, from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans and was elected to the Order of the Coif.  She was a member of the Board of Editors and the Notes Editor of the Tulane Law Review.  She remains active at her alma mater and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Tulane Law School.   She earned a BA in English, magna cum laude, from Newcomb College at Tulane University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.