Victoria KennedyKeynote Speaker: Victoria Reggie Kennedy

Senior Counsel, Greenberg Traurig
Board President and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Victoria Reggie (Vicki) Kennedy is both an accomplished attorney and a non-profit leader. As senior counsel in the corporate and securities practice group at Greenberg Traurig, she advises clients on governance and regulatory issues and assists them in devising strategies for the resolution of complex business problems.

She is President of the Board and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a non-partisan, non-profit organization in Boston that educates the public about the unique role of the United States Senate in our democracy. The Kennedy Institute has won international awards for its innovative and interactive design and approach to encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.

She served as a Member of Bi-Partisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, a group of national leaders who investigated and made recommendations to overcome the causes and consequences of America’s partisan political divide.

Kennedy is a champion for arts education and outreach to underserved communities. She has a Presidential appointment to serve as a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where she chairs the Education Committee. She is a member of the Board of Fund II Foundation, which among other things, works to provide music education in public schools and to preserve the cultural richness of the African American experience.

In addition to her law practice, board service and non-­‐profit leadership roles, Kennedy has been a leading voice for the empowerment of women and girls in our society. She also is an advocate for expanding medical research and for access to health care to all Americans. She was actively involved in the passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and stood at President Obama’s side at the signing of the bill into law. She is the author of op-­‐ed pieces which have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, the Philadelphia Enquirer and other newspapers.

Kennedy has received numerous honors and awards: the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2017); the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement (2016); American Task Force for Lebanon Lifetime Achievement Award (2016); the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America Award for Activism and Advocacy (2015); the Women’s Guild of Cedars Sinai Hospital Woman of the 21st Century Award (2013); the Susan G. Komen Honoring the Promise Betty Ford Lifetime Achievement Award (2013) and many other community awards. She has been awarded eight honorary doctoral degrees.

Kennedy earned a JD, summa cum laude, from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She was a member of the Board of Editors and the Notes Editor of the Tulane Law Review. She remains active at her alma mater and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Tulane University Law School. She earned a BA in English, magna cum laude, from Newcomb College at Tulane University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.