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. For 2017's National Bullying Prevention Month, Monica created the #ClickWithCompassion campaign and released a now award-winning 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, has been viewed over 25 million times and has been nominated for an Emmy in 2018.
She is a founding board member of the Childhood Resilience Foundation and on the advisory board of Project Rockit. 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.
- Why You Should Listen
After becoming the focus of the history-changing federal investigation into her private life, Monica Lewinsky found herself, at 24 years old, one of the first targets of a “culture of humiliation”: a now-familiar cycle of media, political and personal harassment – particularly online. Lewinsky survived to reclaim her personal narrative. During a decade of silence she received her Masters in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2014, Lewinsky returned to the public eye with an acclaimed essay for Vanity Fair, which has been nominated for a National Magazine Award for best Essay Writing, and with a widely viewed speech at Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Summit.
- The Price of Shame
Based on her TED talk that has been viewed over 10 million times, Monica discusses how through online content, shaming others to make a profit has become commonplace. At the age of 24, she went from a private citizen to a humiliated public figure due to the expansive nature of the internet-centered news cycle. Now, in the age of social media, Monica provides insight into the painful realities of cyberbullying and online harassment. In her speech, she mixes her own experiences of public humiliation enhanced by the digital revolution with ways to find compassion and empathy through social media.