Do you have to “pick a lane,” or is it possible to have an organic professional life that blends both career and activism?

In this discussion, Sophia Bush will talk about her passions from education to having a balanced life, and everything in between. Sophia touches on her philosophy that activism and volunteerism is not a part of your life, it’s a way of doing life. She’s founded voting rights organizations and has been a powerful voice for racial justice and pay equity. Drawing from her own experiences, Sophia invites audiences to dare to care about everything.

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Sophia Bush will serve as this year’s Women’s Leadership Conference keynote speaker. Get more information and register for the full conference schedule.

About the Speaker

Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush is an American actress, activist, entrepreneur, and global education access advocate. Bush is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has starred in various independent projects, shows and movies such as the hit comedy John Tucker Must Die, Incredibles 2, The CW’s hit drama One Tree Hill, and starred as Detective Erin Lindsay for 4 seasons on Dick Wolf’s Chicago PD. Sophia recently appeared in NBC’s drama This is Us and the Hulu show, Love, Victor.

Bush has earned multiple Teen Choice Awards in the categories of “Choice Movie Actress: Comedy,” “Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller” and “Choice Movie: Breakout Female.”

Named one of the most charitable celebrities by CNN, Sophia devotes her free time to bettering girl’s education and the environment. She inspires millions as she uses her personal platform and social media influence to raise awareness and funds for great causes. Since taking to social media to share her passion for change, Bush has inspired young people to join her in raising nearly half a million dollars for charity, built three primary schools in Guatemala and Laos, and now serves as a global ambassador for Glamour’s The Girl Project. Her focus, with The Girl Project, is to break down the barriers the girls face to secondary school education. They are currently working in 96 countries around the world.

Sophia also co-founded and sits on the board for “I am a voter” where she campaigns and promotes awareness of registration tools while also encouraging all to use their resources to participate in the voting process.

Most recently, Sophia launched her podcast, Work in Progress. She features frank, funny, personal, professional, and sometimes even political conversations with people who inspire Sophia about how they’ve gotten to where they are, and where they think they’re still going. These discussions stem from her “aha” moment of realizing you are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.


Dana Blair BFA ’04, MBA ’08

Dana Blair

As a veteran both in front of and behind the camera, Dana Blair knows a thing or two about creating captivating conversations. Her one-on-one interviews have carried her from the boxing ring with Venus Williams to sharing the red carpet with the likes of Shonda Rhimes, Will Packer, Angela Bassett, Denzel Washington and Ryan Coogler amongst many other top entertainers and powerhouses.

Dana covered pop culture and celebrity interviews for CNN/HLN, ABC (FYC Emmys Day), Essence, the GRAMMYs and BET to name a few. She is known for her extensive research and authentic interviews. With her magnetic personality and vivacious energy, Dana is leaving a lasting impression as one of the industry’s most fun and personable on-air talents, both on and off the screen.

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