Reese Witherspoon

2018 Speaker

REESE WITHERSPOON has created the kind of unforgettable characters that connect with critics and audiences alike, making her one of Hollywood’s most sought after actresses. She won an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Walk the Line, and was later nominated in the same category for Wild in 2014, which she also produced. Her role in Wild also garnered nominations for Golden Globe, SAG, Critics’ Choice, and BAFTA Award nominations. She can next be seen in Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay and co-starring Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine. Last year, Witherspoon executive produced and starred in the first season of HBO’s critically-acclaimed drama series Big Little Lies, which has won eight Emmys Awards, four Golden Globes, four Critics’ Choice Awards and two SAG Awards. In 2016, Witherspoon and Otter Media announced the establishment of Hello Sunshine, a media brand and content company dedicated to female authorship and storytelling across all platforms. In 2015, Witherspoon launched Draper James, a retail brand with a focus on fashion, accessories and home décor inspired by the American South.

In addition to creating more roles for women on screen, Witherspoon is a strong advocate for women and children in her philanthropic work by collaborating closely with programs such as Girls, Inc. and the Children’s Defense Fund. She currently serves on the board of the Children’s Defense Fund, with whom she has been involved for many years, raising money and awareness for their many programs. Witherspoon strongly supports the passage of the International Violence Against Women’s act, and has been active on behalf of the Rape Treatment Center at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Save the Children. Since 2010, Witherspoon has been actively involved in Stand Up to Cancer and recently hosted their annual benefit. She also currently serves as storyteller-in-chief for the Elizabeth Arden brand. Most recently, Witherspoon has been a leading voice in the TIME’S UP campaign advocating for safety and equity in the workplace.

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