International human rights activist, sustainable investment expert, educator, and author
Long known as a speaker who inspires with narratives that demonstrate the power of one, Kerry Kennedy addresses sustainable investments, social change, and the capacity of the human spirit to thrive despite overwhelming obstacles.
Kennedy Founded RFK Compass, a bi-annual series of conferences attended by 150 of the world’s leading investors who collectively control $7 trillion in assets under management. Kennedy is a leading voice for sustainable investing, and one of the world’s foremost experts in linking environmental, social, and governance factors when considering risk-adjusted returns. She stands at the forefront of helping businesses balance corporate responsibility with societal responsibility. Kennedy enjoys bipartisan support on her many endeavors and fosters productive conversation to jointly benefit society and engage the business and investment communities.
In addition to her corporate work, Kennedy partners with the bravest people on earth—women and men who face grave risk in order to protect basic rights and promote justice and preserve the rule of law in the United States and around the world. Under her auspices, RFK Human Rights undertakes cases against governments for abuse in Latin America and Africa, on issues ranging from LGBTI rights, to stopping violence against women, to protecting immigrants, and protecting journalists and freedom of expression. Under Kennedy’s leadership, RFK Human Rights has never lost a case. Kennedy has led innumerable delegations to countries across the globe. An effective advocate, domestically, Kennedy has focused on criminal legal reform, immigration, and farm workers. She chaired the Amnesty International USA Leadership Council for 15 years.
Kennedy established the RFK Speak Truth to Power human rights education program, teaching and training the next generation of human rights defenders. Melding history, social emotional learning, and community organizing, the curriculum is now available to over 30 million students, kindergarten through law school. Kennedy is a natural teacher, engaging her audience with fact-based analysis, humor, and inspiration.
Kennedy is the author of New York Times best-seller Being Catholic Now, as well as Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders who are Changing our World, and Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope, in which she explores her father's influence on issues at the heart of America's identity.
Kennedy’s presentations encourage individual and corporate participation in conquering social challenges on a large scale and take audiences to the frontlines of human rights advocacy. She delivers powerful personal stories that emphasize the dignity and courage of those who face poverty, domestic violence, sexual slavery, bullying, and other social injustices, and inspires audiences to translate awareness into concrete action.International human rights activist, sustainable investment expert, educator, and author
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