An Evening with Maria Shriver
Acclaimed journalist and New York Times bestselling author Maria Shriver is a passionate and purpose-driven leader whose work has fostered change and advanced some of our nation’s most pressing issues. In this powerful and candid program, she shares inspiration, wisdom and encouragement from her moving new book, I've Been Thinking...: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life. Opening up about her own experiences as a prominent woman juggling myriad professional and personal roles and facing the challenges, stresses and unpredictable moments that come with it, Maria reveals a roadmap for how to move forward in life in a positive and meaningful direction. Sharing tangible lessons and reflections from I’ve Been Thinking…, Maria will leave audiences thinking, feeling, laughing, and emboldened to tackle what lies ahead.
Maria Shriver’s book offers meaningful wisdom and guidance
New York Times Bestselling Author MARIA SHRIVER’s book I’ve Been Thinking…, is a refreshingly honest and powerful source of wisdom, guidance and encouragement for those seeking a meaningful life. I’ve Been Thinking… draws on Maria's own experiences as a prominent woman juggling myriad professional and personal roles and facing the challenges, stresses and unpredictable moments that come with it, providing lessons for people at any stage in life. Revealing a roadmap for how to move forward in life in a positive and purpose-driven direction, I’ve Been Thinking… is one of those books people will turn to again and again, and is already receiving praise for its inspiration and tangible takeaways. “Maria Shriver is a beacon of compassion and understanding—a life force” (Journalist Tom Brokaw); “Maria Shriver is a person of unusual compassion, intelligence, and honor. If you want to feel uplifted, inspired, and comforted, read it. This book, like its author, is a precious gift to the world” (Bestselling Author Martha Beck); “There’s so much noise in the world, so many distractions, responsibilities, choices. Shriver’s soulful words of wisdom, guidance, and strength are both beautiful and invaluable” (Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder, Omega Institute).
Speaker Spotlight: Maria Shriver
A force of nature of the highest order, MARIA SHRIVER is a powerful, passionate and purpose-driven leader whose work has fostered change and advanced some of our nation’s most pressing issues. Named to People's "25 Women Changing the World," Maria is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, six-time New York Times bestselling author, NBC News special anchor, and founder of the for-benefit media enterprise Shriver Media and The Women's Alzheimer's Movement, a global alliance. A shining example of using one’s platform and career accomplishments to positively impact the world, Maria is a trailblazer who eloquently moves audiences—from the boardroom to the stage and small, intimate gatherings— to become "Architects of Change," lead a purpose-focused life and channel their passions into meaningful change. Heralded as an inspiring and informative speaker by organizations ranging from Bank of America to the University of California (where her speech was named to NPR’s list of “The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever”), Shriver has received the following rave reviews: "Our conference theme on inspiring change, creativity and disruption was attended by 3,000 CEO’s from over 100 countries, not an easy audience to impress. Maria delivered. Her passion and universal message to make a difference in the lives of others resonated with everyone and was a highlight of the conference." (YPO Edge); "One of the most personable, candid presenters we’ve had in the 12 years of our women’s health luncheon and lecture." (Mills Peninsula Health).
Maria Shriver's Meaningful Conversations podcast
Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer MARIA SHRIVER's podcast “Meaningful Conversations with Maria Shriver" builds on the success of her instant #1 New York Times-bestselling book I’ve Been Thinking…Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life. In the podcast, Shriver continues to explore the life topics, issues and ideas that we’re all thinking about, but not discussing nearly enough. Through intimate, thought-provoking conversations with friends and people she respects and admires, Shriver dives into issues like love, pain, forgiveness, gratitude, family, faith, the art of self-reinvention, and more to inspire others to reflect on their own lives and have more meaningful conversations. A force of nature of the highest order, Shriver is a passionate and purpose-driven leader whose work has fostered change and advanced some of our nation’s most pressing issues. She is a trailblazer who eloquently moves audiences to become "Architects of Change," leaving them empowered and inspired.
Maria Shriver's Sunday Paper presents news and views above the noise
MARIA SHRIVER's weekly newsletter The Sunday Paper, “inspires hearts and minds,” and “rises above the noise," cutting to the heart of issues as varied as politics, holistic well-being and innovation. From addressing "The Topics We're Too Afraid to Talk About," to insights into "The Power of the Mind," Maria delivers news and views that inspire her fans to become Architects of Change and live a meaningful life.Read Maria's weekly newsletter The Sunday Paper >>
Acclaimed Journalist, Bestselling Author, Mother, Former First Lady of California & Architect of Change
A trailblazer for empowering women and one of the world’s leading advocates for women and Alzheimer’s, Maria Shriver serves as an inspiration for others to become “Architects of Change” and make the world a better place.
A force of nature of the highest order — “one who gives back continuously, helping those in need in any way she can” — Maria Shriver is a powerful, passionate, and purpose-driven leader whose work has fostered change and advanced some of our nation’s most pressing issues.
Always curious about the world, Maria has devoted her life to reporting and interviewing some of the greatest changemakers of our time. In addition to being a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a seven-time New York Times bestselling author and an NBC News special anchor, Maria is also the founder of the for-benefit media enterprise Shriver Media. Shriver Media believes media can be used as a force for good in the world. Under Maria’s leadership, it produces digital content, live events, books, documentaries and films that Move Hearts and Minds and Inspire Change.
Maria’s life is driven by her fervent belief that everyone has the ability to become what she calls “Architects of Change’ – people who challenge what is, imagine what can be, make a difference, and Move Humanity Forward. Her online community, her Sunday Paper newsletter publication and her inspiring Architects of Change Conversation series elevate individuals whose work rises above the noise and who seek to Make a Difference and Move Humanity Forward across all areas of human endeavor, with the purpose of inspiring others to do the same.
In addition to her award-winning journalism career, Maria has also been a long-time champion for empowering women. While serving as the First Lady of California from 2003 to 2010, she produced the iconic Women’s Conference, which under her leadership grew into the largest women’s conference in the world. The Women’s Conference raised millions of dollars that funded scholarships, supported domestic violence and poverty initiatives, and single-handedly revived the California History Museum. One of The Women’s Conference’s many features was the Minerva Awards, which Maria created to honor and support women who made extraordinary contributions to all walks of life, from the arts to community activism to business and innovation. Women bestowed with the honor included the likes of Sandra Day O’Connor, Billie Jean King, Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey, to name just a few.
Maria’s groundbreaking Shriver Reports have also changed the conversations around women, work, poverty and Alzheimer’s in America. In 2009, she published the widely-quoted “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything,” which revealed that, for the first time in our nation’s history, women represented half of all U.S. workers and were two-thirds of the nation’s primary breadwinners. In 2011, “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s,” reported for the first time ever that two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s diagnoses are women. In 2014, she published “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink,” which reported that the new face of poverty in America was that of a working woman. The report revealed that 42 million working American women were living at or below the brink of poverty, as well as the 28 million children who depend on them. One such woman, Katrina Gilbert, was the subject of the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary that Maria executive produced, “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert.” Each Shriver Report has changed laws and ignited national conversations about the changing status of women across our society.
In addition, Maria has also been a megaphone for educating the public about the disproportionate effect that Alzheimer’s disease has on women. She founded the nonprofit organization The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement to raise awareness and funding for this critical issue, but also to ignite conversations around prevention and inspire much-needed personal, professional and political change. She has also worked tirelessly to advocate for America’s caregivers, two-thirds of which are also women. Maria regularly uses her voice and her platforms (including her post as an NBC News special anchor) to report on stories surrounding the brain and the latest cutting-edge information about neuroscience. In 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association honored Maria with its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award for her passion, leadership and dedication to leading the way to a world without Alzheimer's.
Maria has also written New York Times-bestselling books and produced award-winning film and TV programs that have furthered the public’s understanding of this disease. She executive produced the Academy Award-winning film “Still Alice” and HBO's Emmy Award-winning "The Alzheimer's Project," with the Emmy-Award winning segment "Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?," which was inspired by her award-winning children’s book “What’s Happening to Grandpa?” She also published the first-of-its-kind coloring book, Color Your Mind, that is specifically designed to engage individuals with Alzheimer’s and the people who care for and love them.
A shining example of using one’s platform and career accomplishments to positively impact the world, Maria eloquently moves audiences—from the boardroom to the stage and small, intimate gatherings—to lead an inspired life and channel their passions into meaningful contributions that make a difference in the world.