Maria Shriver

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  • Peabody & Emmy Award-winning Journalist & Producer; NBC News Special Anchor
  • First Lady of California (2003-2010)
  • Six-time New York Times Bestselling Author
  • Founder, Shriver Media & The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement ; "Architect of Change"

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. A Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, six-time New York Times bestelling author, NBC News special anchor, and founder of the for-benefit media enterprise Shriver Media, Maria is a trailblazer who serves as an inspiration for others to become "Architects of Change" and make the world a better place.

In addition to her award-winning journalism career, Maria has also been a long-time champion for empowering women. As the founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, she has become one of the world’s leading advocates for women and Alzheimer’s, using her voice and her work to ignite important conversations and inspire much-needed personal, professional and political change around this major health issue in America. 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. Maria’s groundbreaking Shriver Reports have also changed the conversations around women, work, poverty and Alzheimer’s in America.

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 a purpose-focused life and channel their passions into meaningful contributions that make a difference in the world.

 

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Rave Reviews About Maria Shriver
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.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Maria Shriver
  • Professional Business Women of California
  • Genesis Women's Shelter
  • Mills Peninsula Health
  • YPO Edge
  • USC Annenberg School for Communication
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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 mov ...

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. 

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<p>Maria Shriver launches new series with the Today Show </p>

Maria Shriver launches new series with the Today Show 

The Today Show has launched a new series "Mother Knows Best," and Special Anchor MARIA SHRIVER kicked off the first feature with an interview of Maye Musk, mother of tech visionary Elon Musk. A Peabody & Emmy Award-winning Journalist, six-time New York Times Bestselling Author, and Founder of Shriver Media and The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, Maria knows what it takes to balance an ambitious professional career and motherhood. In her compelling interview with Musk, Maria highlights the hard work of motherhood, restarting your life from scratch, and finding passion and purpose in your work. Similar themes can be found in Maria's new Amazon and New York Times bestselling book, I've Been Thinking..., which provides inspiration and actionable lessons on how to live a truly meaningful life.  Celebrated as an activist and trailblazer, Maria motivates audiences to become "Architects of Change," using her own voice as a megaphone for educating the public on key issues from Alzheimer's, to work-life balance, to women's empowerment. Recently she wowed a crowd of 6,000 delivering a keynote at PBWC's Annual Conference for Woman in Business, where she earned the following praise: "She resonated with the audience so much and was very well received."

<p>Maria Shriver garners rave reviews at Annual Conference of the Professional Business Women of California</p>

Maria Shriver garners rave reviews at Annual Conference of the Professional Business Women of California

Award-winning journalist MARIA SHRIVER received rave reviews as keynote speakers at PBWC's Annual Conference for Woman in Business. Addressing a crowd of 6,000, Maria shared insights from her new New York Times and Amazon bestseller I've Been Thinking..., providing inspiration and actionable lessons on how to live life with passion and purpose. Celebrated as an activist, journalist, bestselling author, and passionate trailblazer, Maria motivates others to become "Architects of Change," using her own voice as a megaphone for educating the public on key issues from Alzheimer's to women's empowerment. Her keynote at PBWC quickly racked up dozens of tweets of praise, including: "@mariashriver is giving me all the inspiration at @pwbc #LiftUp #StandUp"; "@mariashriver at the #pbwc2018 conference: "Don't let someone else define for you what is success, what is power." Thank you for encouraging self inquiry and self acceptance."; "So wonderful to see this giant conference room PACKED with women - listening to the inspiring @mariashriver...As the event-planner raved of Maria:  "She resonated with the audience so much and was very well received." Following her keynote, Shriver was sought-out for an interview by ABC7 News, in which she delivered insight into her life, professional tips, and her fight to end Alzheimer's.

<p><strong>Maria Shriver’s new book offers meaningful wisdom and guidance                          </strong></p>

Maria Shriver’s new book offers meaningful wisdom and guidance                         

New York Times Bestselling Author MARIA SHRIVER’s new book I’ve Been Thinking…, is a refreshingly honest and powerful source of wisdom, guidance and encouragement for those seeking a meaningful life.  Already selected as one of Barnes & Noble's Books to Watch in 2018  and by Hoda Kotb for her "Favorite Things of the Week" on The Today ShowI’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, Maria’s book provides 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). 

<p>Maria Shriver makes headlines for her new Netflix documentary</p>

Maria Shriver makes headlines for her new Netflix documentary

MARIA SHRIVER’s new documentary Take Your Pills, which she executive produced along with her daughter and premiered at the SXSW festival, is making headlines as Shriver shares the documentary’s research and message on The Today Show, Deadline, WWD, and more. Now streaming on Netflix, Take Your Pills is a fascinating exploration of the usage of Adderall in American society, and Shriver hopes it will spark a needed conversation. Speaking at a SXSW panel,  Shriver highlighted the pressures of feeling successful in today’s America, and the toll that living in a 24-hours news cycle and addicted to our technological advices can have on us. Shriver is a trusted expert on dealing with stress and how to thrive during challenging times. It’s a subject that is central to her new book I’ve Been Thinking, which was an instant New York Times and Amazon bestseller. Since the book’s release, Shriver has shared the refreshingly honest and powerful wisdom, guidance and encouragement from I’ve Been Thinking with audiences nationwide. From her recent appearance on Dr. Oz to discuss how to survive stress and engage in effective communication, to her recent Architects of Change Live Conversation Series, Shriver shares actionable advice and thought-provoking insights at each of her engagements. Just read some of the rave reviews from her past engagements: “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).

<p>Maria Shriver joins the Harry Walker Agency for exclusive representation </p>

Maria Shriver joins the Harry Walker Agency for exclusive representation 

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 in 2017,"  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).

<p>Maria Shriver's Sunday Paper presents news and views above the noise </p>

Maria Shriver's Sunday Paper presents news and views above the noise 

MARIA SHRIVER's weekly newsletter The Sunday Paper, offers "news and views 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 powerful, passionate and purpose-driven content. The Sunday Paper illuminates a path ahead, sharing not only Maria's own insights but also the uplifting stories and viewpoints of individuals who are doing their part to move humanity forward.  

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<p>Maria Shriver named to People's 25 Women Changing the World in 2017</p>

Maria Shriver named to People's 25 Women Changing the World in 2017

"Architect of Change" and renowned journalist MARIA SHRIVER was named to People's list of "25 Women Changing the World in 2107," which celebrates iconic "real-life superheros" who are "coming to the rescue, speaking out, [and] shattering barriers." Maria was honored for her trailblazing work in leading the fight against Alzheimer's. From producing HBO's Alzheimer's Project series to testifying in Congress and founding the Women's Alzheimer's Movement, Maria has been on the front lines of research and advocacy surrounding the disease.

<p>Maria Shriver's Architects of Change is a conversation series with a purpose</p>

Maria Shriver's Architects of Change is a conversation series with a purpose

MARIA SHRIVER's Architects of Change is a purpose-driven conversation series that inspires people to take action in their own lives, homes and communities. As the creator and moderator of the series, Maria engages in conversations with some of the biggest names in entertainment, business, politics and beyond-- from Deepak Chopra and Shonda Rhymes to Ann Romney and Gwenyth Paltrow-- elevating individuals whose work rises above the noise and who seek to make a difference and move humanity forward. Maria further shares the messages embodied in her powerful series in her weekly newsletter "The Sunday Paper," in which she delivers powerful, passionate, and purpose-driven content that illuminates a path ahead. 

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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.  

A proud mother of four, Maria’s life has been devoted to her family and to serving greater humanity as a storyteller—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 six-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, seek to 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 ignited national conversations about the changing status of women across our society and helped change laws.

In addition, Maria has also been a long-time megaphone for educating the public about the disproportionate effect that Alzheimer’s disease has on women. In fact, it was her Shriver Report that was the first to report that Alzheimer’s disease disproportionately impacts women. To alert women to this fact, she founded the nonprofit organization The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement to raise awareness and funding for this critical issue, and 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. She has been awarded multiple awards for her tireless service in the Alzheimer’s space. 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. In 2017, she published the first-of-its-kind coloring book, Color Your Mind, which is specifically designed to engage individuals with Alzheimer’s and the people who care for and love them. She is also the author of the award-winning children’s book “What’s Happening to Grandpa?”, which offers children a touching and optimistic story about Alzheimer’s and encourages acceptance and family dialogue. In 2009, Maria executive produced HBO's Emmy Award-winning four-part series "The Alzheimer's Project," which helped millions of people learn about and better understand how to live with the challenges of the disease. One film in that series, “Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?”, was inspired by her children’s book and was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for exemplifying “television with a conscience.” In 2013, Maria also executive produced the Academy Award-winning feature film “Still Alice,” which stars Julianne Moore and tells the story of a woman affected by early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

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 a purpose-focused life and channel their passions into meaningful contributions that make a difference in the world.