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Monica Lewinsky Social Activist

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  • Price of Shame: A Forum Confidential with Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky is a producer, social activist, global public speaker, and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.

Her focus is on storytelling that moves the conversation forward – around shame, reclaiming identities, and justice for women. As an activist, Lewinsky advocates for a safer social media environment and addresses such topics as digital resilience, privacy, and cultivating compassion online. Most recently, Monica was a producer on Ryan Murphy’s Impeachment: American Crime Story for F/X. As well as an executive producer on the documentary 15 Minutes of Shame for HBOMax.

After a decade of silence, in 2014, Lewinsky authored the essay “Shame and Survival” for Vanity Fair in which she re-examined her personal experiences at the center of a political, legal and media maelstrom in 1998 connected to the impeachment of President Clinton and challenged the often-misogynistic culture of shame that continues to cannibalise the powerless (June 2014). The piece was nominated for a National Magazine Award.

Monica was a speaker at the 2015 TED Conference in Vancouver. Her speech, “The Price of Shame,” has been viewed over 21 million times. She has also spoken at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit and delivered the Ogilvy + Inspire Lecture at the Cannes Lions Festival.

In 2017, for National Bullying Prevention Month, Monica Lewinksy created the #ClickWithCompassion campaign and released an award-winning PSA in collaboration with the advertising firm BBDO New York. “In Real Life”, which asked people to rethink their online behaviour in an offline social experiment, was Emmy nominated for “Outstanding Commercial.” Monica & BBDO collaborated again in 2018 and 2019 on award-winning campaigns.

She is a founding board member of the Childhood Resilience Foundation, on the advisory board of Project Rockit, Australia’s premiere anti-bully organization, and is an Ambassador for The Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Program in the UK. Monica Lewinsky holds a Master’s degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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