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 Kennedy is senior counsel at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP where she
advises and assists clients in devising strategies to resolve complex business problems, particularly those
stemming from regulatory, communications or governance concerns, and assists clients in developing and
executing strategies to expand their impact in the marketplace.


Kennedy is the President of the Board and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States
Senate in Boston, a non-partisan organization created to educate the public about the unique role of the
United States Senate in our democracy. Through innovative and interactive high-technology programming,
visitors to the Institute are able to experience hands-on what it means to be a United States Senator.
The Kennedy Institute is housed in a 65,000 square-foot state-of-the-art building on the campus of UMass
Boston adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The Institute opened its doors to the public in
March 2015.


Kennedy is a Trustee (Presidential Appointment) of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where
she chairs its Education Committee and is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Fine Arts
Boston. She is 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. She is a
member of the Advisory Board of the global investment bank Houlihan Lokey.


Kennedy is a Member of the Commission on Political Reform, a project of the Bi-Partisan Policy Center
launched in March 2013 to investigate the causes and consequences of America’s partisan political divide and
to advocate for specific reforms.


In addition to her law practice, board service and non-profit leadership roles, 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. 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 has received numerous awards including Honorary Doctorates from Boston University, Northeastern
University, Montclair State University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Lesley University, Emmanuel
College, Western New England University and Suffolk University Law School. She has been honored as a
Distinguished Professor and Mentor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The Greater Boston Chamber
of Commerce has just announced that Kennedy is the recipient of its 2016 Pinnacle Award for Lifetime
Achievement which it will present in January 2016.


Kennedy received 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 earned a BA in English, magna cum laude, from Newcomb College at Tulane University and
was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.