2019 Keynote Speaker Amanda Southworth On Making Change

Seventeen-year old iOS developer and activist Amanda Southworth gave a stirring keynote at the 2019 Watermark Conference for Women.

Through her personal story of childhood anxiety and depression, she shared how she took refuge in her computer, fell in love with coding and found purpose in creating tools to support others who are struggling.

“There are more kids out there just like me,” she said. “And these kids have been failed by systems, and they are relying on people to build a kinder world for them. They are relying on us.”

She invited the audience to be part of the solution to inequity because, she said, “if there’s anything I’ve learned from YA novels, it’s that the teenager girl cannot save the world if she doesn’t have people wanting to save it with her.”

Her new platform Rally, which will be released on April 26th, aims to do just that by putting systemic change within everyone’s reach.

Southworth’s message to the audience was that suffering can be invisible, but it isn’t inevitable, and we can all do something about it.

“If you see something wrong, fix it. If you see someone hurt? Help them. If you see a solution, you need to make it a reality. If you don’t do something, who else will?”

Here, she shares her key strategies for creating change:

iOS developer, designer and mental health and human rights activist Amanda Southworth spoke in front of a sold-out crowd of thousands during the Watermark Conference for Women on February 22, 2019.

The 2019 Watermark Conference for Women was held February 22 at the San Jose Convention Center and featured keynote appearances by Serena Williams, Gloria Steinem, Brené Brown, Amanda Southworth and Whitney Wolfe Herd—plus over 100 nationally acclaimed speakers and thought leaders. 


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