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Monica Lewinsky is a social activist, global public speaker, consultant and Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair. She advocates for a safer social media environment and addresses such topics as digital resilience, privacy, cultivating compassion, overcoming shame, and equality for women.
Monica is an Ambassador for The Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Program and Bystander Revolution, as well as supporting numerous other organizations in the space. She is a founding board member of the Childhood Resilience Foundation.
Author: In 2014, Lewinsky authored an essay, titled “Shame and Survival”, for Vanity Fair in which she overlapped her personal experiences and cultural observations (June 2014). The piece was nominated for a National Magazine Award.
Speaker: In March 2015, she was a speaker at the annual TED Conference in Vancouver. Her speech, “The Price of Shame” has been viewed over 12 million times. She has also spoken at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit and gave the Ogilvy + Inspire Lecture at Cannes Lions.
Click With Compasion: Originally in partnership with Vodafone, Monica helped to conceptualize and bring to market the #BeStrong Anti-Bullying Emojis for Support -- a free, pro-social app to help curb bullying behavior. For 2017's National Bullying Prevention Month, Monica created the #ClickWithCompassion campaign and released a PSA in collaboration with BBDO New York which asked people to rethink their online behavior in an offline social experiment. "In Real Life" was trending on YouTube and has been viewed over 25 million times.
Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times/ Redux
Monica Lewinsky - The Price of ShameIn 1998, says Monica Lewinsky, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become a constant. In a brave talk, she takes a look at our “culture of humiliation,” in which online shame equals dollar signs - and demands a different way.
In Real Life #BeStrongIn Real Life is a social experiment that shows what happens when online bullying is taken offline. #ClickWithCompassion It is an Emmy Nominated Campaign that Monica worked on.