Maria Shriver


Award-Winning Journalist


Award-winning journalist and New York Times-bestselling author Maria Shriver will keynote the closing general session luncheon at the 95th annual City Summit conference in Los Angeles, California, on Saturday, November 10. Shriver comes from a family of public servants from federal and state level offices to military service and charitable social causes. She also held a public role herself as First Lady of California for seven years.

Serving others has always been one of Shriver’s core tenets. She is famously known for her award-winning journalism career, through which she has used her reporting to shed light on some of our nation’s most pressing issues. Shriver has also authored seven New York Times-bestselling books and produced award-winning film and TV programs that have furthered the public’s understanding of important issues like Alzheimer’s disease.

She has also been a long-time champion for empowering women. During her time as First Lady of California, Shriver created 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. Shriver is also the founder of The Shriver Report, a series of groundbreaking reports to the nation that shaped public policy and changed the conversations around women, work, poverty and Alzheimer’s in America. Today, she is one of the nation’s leading Alzheimer’s advocates and the founder of the nonprofit The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.

Shriver’s life is driven by her fervent belief that everyone has the ability to become what she calls “Architects of Change.” Through all of her work, her goal is to elevate the voices of individuals who are making a difference and moving humanity forward, with the purpose of inspiring others to do the same.

Key Accomplishments

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

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