A force of nature of the highest order "one who gives back continuously, helping those in need in any way she can" Maria Shriver is a powerful, passionate, and purpose-driven leader whose work has fostered change and advanced some of our nation's most pressing issues.
A proud mother of four, Maria's life has been devoted to her family and to serving greater humanity as a storyteller reporting and interviewing some of the greatest changemakers of our time. In addition to being a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times bestselling author and an NBC News special anchor, Maria is also the founder of the for-benefit media enterprise Shriver Media. Shriver Media believes media can be used as a force for good in the world. Under Maria's leadership, it produces digital content, live events, books, documentaries and films that Move Hearts and Minds and Inspire Change.
Maria's life is driven by her fervent belief that everyone has the ability to become what she calls "Architects of Change' - people who challenge what is, imagine what can be, seek to make a difference, and Move Humanity Forward. Her online community, her Sunday Paper newsletter publication and her inspiring Architects of Change Conversation series elevate individuals whose work rises above the noise and who seek to Make a Difference and Move Humanity Forward across all areas of human endeavor, with the purpose of inspiring others to do the same.
In addition to her award-winning journalism career, Maria has also been a long-time champion for empowering women. While serving as the First Lady of California from 2003 to 2010, she produced 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. One of The Women's Conference's many features was the Minerva Awards, which Maria created to honor and support women who made extraordinary contributions to all walks of life, from the arts to community activism to business and innovation. Women bestowed with the honor included the likes of
Sandra Day O'Connor, Billie Jean King, Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey, to name just a few.
Maria's groundbreaking Shriver Reports have also changed the conversations around women, work, poverty and Alzheimer's in America. In 2009, she published the widely-quoted "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything," which revealed that, for the first time in our nation's history, women represented half of all U.S. workers and were two-thirds of the nation's primary breadwinners. In 2011, "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's," reported for the first time ever that two-thirds of all Alzheimer's diagnoses are women. In 2014, she published "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From the Brink," which reported that the new face of poverty in America was that of a working woman.
The report revealed that 42 million working American women were living at or below the brink of poverty, as well as the 28 million children who depend on them. One such woman, Katrina Gilbert, was the subject of the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary that Maria executive produced, "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert." Each Shriver Report has changed laws and ignited national conversations about the changing status of women across our society.