Ashley Judd

Actress, Well Known Actress, Feminist and Social Justice Humanitarian

Ashley Judd is well known for dexterously starring in both box office hits and for turning in unforgettable performances in fine independent films. From her debut in Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize winner, Ruby In Paradise, to Where the Heart Is, Simon Burch, Helen, De-Lovely and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, her films tell very personal stories-- which is exactly what Judd does when she is not making movies. But the stories she tells are not about being a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress or about making People magazine's “50 Most Beautiful People” list three times.

Ashley Judd is a feminist and social justice humanitarian. She has been working internationally, with NGO’S, grass roots organizations, governments, and supranational bodies since 2004. Presently, she serves as Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, is the Global Ambassador for Population Services International, and also for Polaris Project. She serves on the Advisory Boards of International Center for Research on Women, Apne Aap Worldwide, and Demand Abolition. She is Chairperson of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project: Curbing Abuse, Expanding Freedom. She has also served as a board member for Population Services International (PSI) and as Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and in 2010, earned an Master of Public Administration (MPA) 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.

Ms. Judd speaks on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.

Judd has traveled the world to do international public health work on all fronts– maternal health, child survival, human rights, family planning, STD and HIV prevention and malaria prevention and treatment. She has experienced firsthand the connection between poverty, illness and gender inequality and how that sets up the pain and degradation that is sex and labor slavery (on which she testified before the General Assembly of the United Nations). Judd says, "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."

She has spoken at many prestigious conferences around the world, including the London School of Economics' Family Planning Summit, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She also hosted a talk with President Clinton on the work of the Clinton Foundation for the London School of Economics. In 2012, she spoke on the floor of the Democratic National Convention as the delegate from Tennessee asked to cast the ballots for the party's nominee for president and vice president. She is also passionate about the environment. An eighth generation Kentuckian, she is an outspoken critic of mountaintop removal coal mining. A proponent of a "green collar" economy, Judd is committed to helping find innovative renewable energy solutions.

She frequently serves as an expert panelist at international conferences, is a sought after public speaker and is a widely published OpEd author, with a diverse and unique social media presence. Her book, “All That Is Bitter and Sweet,” detailing her visits to grassroots programs in 13 countries, was a New York Times bestseller. She is well recognized for her work on behalf others. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award, and her alma mater, University of Kentucky, established the Ashley T. Judd Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women. She was also featured on the cover of TIME Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year issue honoring the “The Silence Breakers, “ the thousands of people across the world who have come forward with their experiences of sexual harassment and assault.

Whether it's on behalf of a patient dying from a preventable illness a world away or on behalf a woman struggling with mental illness and abuse, Judd is telling the stories of the vulnerable and the at-risk.

Judd says, "I don't do it because I'm an actor. I do it because I'm a human being."


Lindsay Meyer

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Batch

As Batch’s CEO, she leads efforts to activate new shoppable spaces with curated home design concepts. A busy urban professional herself, Lindsay brings empathy and enthusiasm to helping her peers achieve an elevated modern aesthetic. A thought leader in the field of contextual commerce - the new practice of creating retail environments where products are placed in non-store spaces for more intimate interactions - Lindsay is passionate about discovering the best products across home furnishings, art, electronics, beauty, and food & beverages.

Before Batch, Lindsay was the General Manager of Mission Statement, a luxury athleisure line started by Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank. Lindsay’s experience with lifestyle-driven consumer commerce companies also includes time at One Kings Lane and Active Collective, a company she founded in 2014. Professionally, Lindsay is also known in Silicon Valley circles for her tenure as an Investment Analyst with venture capital fund Canaan Partners, and for her time as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Montage Ventures, from where Batch was conceived.

In June 2017, Lindsay shared her sexual harassment story with the NYTimes. She was subsequently invited to appear on primetime television in an interview with Megyn Kelly. TIME Magazine profiled Lindsay in their 2017 “Person of the Year” issue. Lindsay’s story has also appeared in Glamour, Fortune, USA Today, and more.

Lindsay is an enthusiastic home chef, interior designer, party planner and the mother to a rescue dog named Ralphie. She takes cues from visiting new places and identifying new trends before they catch on. The perfect mix of Midwestern mentality and California cool, Lindsay received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and has spent the last decade living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Adama Iwu

President of the We Said Enough Foundation

On October 17, 2017, The Los Angeles Times published an open letter – led by Adama Iwu and signed by over 140 women – on the pervasive culture of sexual harassment and assault in politics. That letter struck a chord with women in politics and other industries, who reached out to share their stories – and to call for solutions. This resulted in the creation of the We Said Enough Foundation, whose mission is to eliminate bullying, harassment, and assault in all its forms. Adama now serves as the President of the Board. As a result of these efforts, Adama was named a Silence Breaker by Time Magazine in December 2017 and featured on the cover of the People of the Year edition.

President of the We Said Enough Foundation

Adama also serves as Senior Director of western U.S. government relations for Visa, a position she assumed in January of 2015. She is responsible for advancing Visa’s technology and business policy issues at the state level. These issues include a wide variety of technical topics such as cyber security, data security, virtual currencies, data breach and privacy as well as engaging on general business issues such as labor and taxation.

Additionally, she manages Visa’s relationships with a number of technology and industry trade associations as well as collaborates with industry leaders and policy makers to advance smart policy objectives and drive Visa’s state level efforts educating policymakers on issues facing the payments industry.

Before joining Visa, Adama was the head of California Government Affairs for Farmers Insurance where she managed legislative, regulatory and political affairs for California’s largest personal and worker’s compensation insurance carrier.. She has also served as Director of Legislative Affairs for the California Association of Physicians Groups. She began her career in public policy as an Executive Fellow in the Schwarzenegger administration in 2005.

Adama has a BA in Political Science from the University of San Diego and currently resides in San Francisco.

Contact: Adama@wesaidenough.com
Twitter: @adamanation

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Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Schedule: 5pm Mix & Mingle - 6pm Speakers
Location: Luther Burbank Center for the Arts - Click for Map
Price: General Admission $55
Tickets by Phone: 707-546-3600
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