The Spirit of Ubuntu: Inspiring Global Citizenship
Actress and philanthropist Charlize Theron is a UN Messenger of Peace and founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project which invests in African youth and their ability to keep themselves safe from HIV/ AIDS, as well as women in crisis facing domestic violence. Working at the intersection of sexism, racism and poverty, Theron is driven by the South African philosophy of Ubuntu, which translates into “I am because we are.” Serving as a committed UN Messenger of Peace since 2008, Theron gives attention to the issue of violence against girls, women and transgendered communities. In this talk, Theron shines a spotlight on our connectedness as humans and reignites our commitment to help each other.
Supporting Women & Girls Around the World
In this personal, challenging and inspiring talk, Charlize Theron shares the public and personal work she is doing to empower young women around the world- from her native South Africa through her foundation Africa Outreach Project, to her own household where she is raising her two Black daughters. A Hollywood power-player, Academy Award-winning actress, and producer, Theron shares her experiences being the boss, and her global fight for gender equality and leadership, made all the more complex when layered with racism and poverty. Theron inspires with the call to lift women’s voices, help secure their safety and protect their health.
Virtual Programming: Charlize Theron has the star power and substance to make your virtual event inspiring and memorable
As an Academy Award-winning actress and producer, CHARLIZE THERON is a powerful storyteller- which is exactly what she does at speaking engagements to motivate people to powerful action. Theron is an UN Messenger for Peace as well as the founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, which invests in African youth and their ability to keep themselves safe from HIV/ AIDS, as well as women in crisis facing domestic violence. She is a constant advocate, appearing everywhere from the United Nations to the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to the Today show to discuss the work she is doing at the intersection of gender, race and poverty. Theron is driven by the South African philosophy of Ubuntu, which translates into “I am because we are,” a force which she holds up against the current racial and social unrest- which sounds like an echo of her childhood during the Apartheid era in South Africa. Heralded for bringing her remarkable life experiences and passionate activism to life at each and every engagement, Theron shares insights on issues ranging from women's health and security, racial equity and social justice, and global citizenship. SAP called her personal talk at their event “powerful,” making all other events seem “tame.”
Virtual Programming: Incorporating a mental health component to your program is an important and timely addition. Combining it with star power draws a virtual crowd and keeps the discussion upbeat, with substantive storytelling to leave audiences feeling more connected, less alone, and hopeful.
More hosts are incorporating the topic of mental health into their programming, especially as Coronavirus has disrupted so many aspects of our lives at home, at work, and at play. Programs vary from light-hearted, interactive wellness breaks to head-on discussions about struggle and recovery. Combining the discussion with star power draws a virtual crowd and keeps the discussion upbeat, with substantive storytelling to leave audiences feeling more connected, less alone, and hopeful. Despite their public personas, many of our celebrity speakers openly share their vulnerabilities as a source of strength for others.
Wide receiver BRANDON MARSHALL shares his experience with borderline personality disorder and mental health advocacy; fan favorite RICKI LAKE speaks about loss, including her husband’s suicide; MARIA SHRIVER discusses overcoming family traumas; celebrity chef PADMA LAKSHMI shares her tips for mental health amid personal health struggles; former First Lady of Canada (and mom of the current President!) MARGARET TRUDEAU shares her struggle with bi-polar disorder; Emmy-winning talk show host TAMRON HALL discusses how her mental health was affected during her infertility struggles; megawatt superstar CHARLIZE THERON discusses her experiences with depression; power broker SCOOTER BRAUN and Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ recently shared in conversation about the importance of vulnerability; Army veteran, actor and survivor JR MARTINEZ speaks about healing physically, spiritually and mentally after his convoy was attacked in Iraq. Grief expert DAVID KESSLER literally wrote the book on processing loss, and speaks as both a grieving father of a lost child and a clinician. For powerful programs that make a difference, contact HWA to discuss incorporating a mental health component to your event.
South African born and Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron is one of the most celebrated actresses of our time, captivating audiences with her ability to embody a range of characters. Mostly recently, she portrayed Megyn Kelly in Lionsgate’s Bombshell, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, and which her production company Denver and Delilah produced. She received nominations for a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and an Academy Award for her remarkable performance.
Over the years, Charlize has appeared in numerous films including The Devil’s Advocate, The Cider House Rules, the critically acclaimed Monster for which she earned an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Independent Spirit Award, North Country for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Critics Choice Award, Hancock, Young Adult for which she garnered a Golden Globe nomination, HBO’s The Life and Death of Peter Sellers for which she received a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Emmy nominations, Snow White and the Huntsman, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Mad Max: Fury Road, Dark Places, Kubo and the Two Strings, and The Fate of The Furious.
In 2017, Theron produced (under her production company Denver and Delilah’s banner) and starred in the Universal film Atomic Blonde, alongside James McAvoy. Denver and Delilah also produced Mindhunter,the hit Netflix crime drama that same year. Theron also produced Netflix’s Hyperdrive that launched last August.
In 2018, Theron produced and starred in Amazon’s Gringo alongside Joel Edgerton and Amanda Seyfried. Theron reunited with Diablo Cody on the comedy Tully as both an actor and producer. She received a 2019 Golden Globe nomination for her work in the title role. In 2018, she also produced A Private War, a film based on the Vanity Fair article "Marie Colvin's Private War".
In 2019, Theron produced and starred opposite Seth Rogen in the Lionsgate comedy Long Shot and voiced Morticia Addams in the animated revival of The Addams Family.
Most recently, Theron can be seen in Netflix’s The Old Guard, based on the comic book series by Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernández that her production company is also produced. Next up, Theron will reprise her role as “Cipher” in the 9th installment of the Fast and Furious franchise set to hit theaters in 2021.
In addition to Theron’s acting success and principal involvement with her production company Denver & Delilah, Charlize serves as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP). CTAOP’s mission is to help keep African youth safe from HIV through its support of on the ground, community-engaged organizations. CTAOP serves as a vehicle for communities to empower themselves and their youth in order to prevent the spread of HIV. With the help of CARE and Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), Charlize and CTAOP launched ‘Together for Her’: a campaign to help fight gender-based violence during COVID-19. Learn more about CTAOP at www.charlizeafricaoutreach.org