Maria Shriver is a mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning
journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author,
and an NBC News Special Anchor covering the shifting roles, emerging
power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Since 2009, Shriver
has produced a groundbreaking series of Shriver Reports that chronicle
and explore seismic shifts in the American culture and society affecting
women today. Shriver was California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010 and,
during that time, she spearheaded what became the nation's premier
forum for women, The Women's Conference.
Shriver's work is driven by her belief that all of us have the ability
to be what she calls Architects of Change -- people who see a problem in
their own life or the community around them, then step out of their
comfort zone and do what it takes to create the solution. Her website,
MariaShriver.com, features the life stories and life lessons of the
world's greatest voices, hearts and minds to inspire people from all
walks of life to use their ideas, influence and initiative to make an
impact on the world as Architects of Change.
Maria Shriver has become one of the nation's leading advocates for
families struggling with Alzheimer's disease. Her father, Sargent
Shriver, was diagnosed with the disease in 2003 and passed away in 2011
at the age of 95. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Eunice
Kennedy Shriver, Maria has also been a lifelong advocate for people with
intellectual disabilities. She is an active member of the International
Board of Special Olympics, the organization her mother founded in 1968.
She is also on the advisory board of Best Buddies, a one-to-one
friendship and jobs program for people with intellectual disabilities
founded by her brother, Anthony Shriver.