Actress/advocate Ashley Judd to headline YWCA luncheon

Ashley Judd

Wednesday, May 9, Duke Energy Convention Center

The YWCA Greater Cincinnati announced actress Ashley Judd – a humanitarian, author and women’s advocate – as the keynote speaker for the Career Women of Achievement Luncheon.

This year marks the 39th anniversary of the YWCA’s recognition of outstanding businesswomen through the annual luncheon and awards program. The event draws more than 2,000 attendees.   

Judd has traveled the world to work on international issues such as maternal health, child survival, human rights, family planning, STD and HIV prevention, and malaria prevention and treatment.

She testified before the United Nations General Assembly on the international slave trade, saying, “The more we hear their stories, the more motivated we are to heal them and the social systems that victimized them in the first place. I believe with all my soul that the art of compassionate witnessing is at the core of global change and peace building.”

“I believe with all my soul that the art of compassionate witnessing is at the core of global change and peace building.”-Ashley Judd

As a feminist and social justice humanitarian, Judd has worked internationally with non-governmental organizations, grassroots organizations and governments since 2004. She serves as Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA and Global Ambassador for Population Services International and Polaris Project. Judd serves on the advisory boards of the International Center for Research on Women, Apne Aap Worldwide and Demand Abolition. She also chairs the Women’s Media Center Speech Project: Curbing Abuse, Expanding Freedom, and sits on the boards of Population Services International and Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS.

Judd graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2010 and earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Her paper, “Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice,” won the Dean’s Scholar Award at Harvard Law School. She wrote the New York Times bestseller, “All That Is Bitter and Sweet,” detailing her visits to grassroots programs in 13 countries.

As part of the #MeToo movement, Judd was featured on the cover of Time Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year issue honoring “The Silence Breakers,” the thousands of people across the world who have come forward with their experiences of sexual harassment and assault.

“We are honored to host a keynote speaker of Ashley Judd’s international caliber,” said luncheon co-chairs Christi Cornette, chief culture officer for Cincinnati Bell, and Susan B. Zaunbrecher, corporate department chair for Dinsmore & Shohl. Both are former Career Women of Achievement honorees.

This year’s honorees will be announced in March.

Tickets to the luncheon are $85.

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