Maria Ressa

CEO of Rappler, Journalist, Author, Freedom Advocate 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

If you’re looking to inspire your audience with a fearless, fighting journalist and pioneering digital entrepreneur, consider CEO Maria Ressa.

Democracy has become a woman-to-woman, man-to-man defense of our values. We’re at a sliding door moment, where we can continue down the path we’re on and descend further into fascism or we can choose to fight for a better world.”
Maria Ressa

Her 2021 Nobel Peace Prize forever recognized her brave efforts to call out “fake news” and disinformation. Maria’s techniques and tools are next-gen, but her ability to uncover corruption is old-school and hard edge. She’s a reporter in the true sense of the term “freedom of speech:” she’s currently out on bail pending the appeal of her conviction of cyber-libel. Add it to the pile – she’s had at least 10 arrest warrants – so far.

In the meantime, you be the judge: Maria exposed the Duterte government’s corrupt practices, an evil that unfortunately is not just limited to the Philippines. Calling out the world’s bad actors is a life calling for Time magazine’s Person of the Year (2018) and one of its 100 Most Influential People (2019).

Maria is globally acknowledged for her brave – sometimes life-risking/sometimes one-woman – battles to “safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Now she is ready to share her story and advise how to create, grow and maintain corporate governance, values and strategy. She’ll also connect the dots as to how social media often deceives and entrenches political power, a dilemma that we all face.

Need to know more? Devour the 2020 documentary A Thousand Cuts, which features Maria’s ballsy reporting on the abuses of the Duterte presidency.

How to Stand up to a DictatorMaria’s third book, is an urgent cry for readers worldwide to recognize and understand the dangers to our freedoms before it is too late.

Translated into 18 languages, How to Stand up to a Dictator is now available in the U.K. through Penguin Books and available worldwide via Harper Collins.

How To Stand Up To A Dictator - UK Edition  How to Stand Up to a Dictator

Maria now travels the world speaking to organizations of all kinds on freedom of the press, democracy, and corporate governance.

Read more on Maria’s work:
Maria Ressa, Dmitry Muratov’s 10-point plan to address the information crisis
THe Guardian Interview: Nobel peace laureate Maria Ressa: ‘In 2024, democracy could fall off a cliff’

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Sample Talks

In this talk, based on 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa’s memoir, Maria shares her story about how Rappler and herself have faced significant backlash and legal action from the Philippine government, specifically President Duterte, for their reporting and efforts to expose disinformation networks that spread lies and fuel anger and hate among citizens. In addition to sharing her personal experiences of standing up to an authoritarian leader, Ressa also examines how social media companies have contributed to the spread of lies and rise of dictators around the world, including in the United States, Britain, Russia, and China. This talk serves as a warning about the fragility of democracy and calls on readers to recognize and understand the dangers to their freedoms before it is too late.

In this talk, Maria examines the ways in which technology has both enabled and threatened democratic societies. As a journalist and the recipient of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, Ressa has first-hand experience with the power of technology to spread information and hold power to account, but has also seen how it can be used to spread disinformation and fuel authoritarianism. Maria delves into the ways in which technology has shaped the democratic process, from the role of social media in political campaigns to the use of algorithms to influence public opinion. She also discusses the challenges and responsibilities that come with the use of technology in democratic societies and offer insight into how we can harness its power for the good of democracy. Attendees of this talk come away with a better understanding of the complex relationship between technology and democracy and the ways in which we can use technology to strengthen and protect democratic societies.

In this talk, Maria explores the power of data as a tool for holding power to account and fighting back against corruption, disinformation, and authoritarianism. As a journalist and the recipient of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, Ressa has dedicated her career to investigating and exposing wrongdoing and advocating for transparency and accountability. She will share how she and her colleagues at Rappler, the online news organization she founded, use data to uncover and report on the truth. Maria also discusses the challenges and risks involved in gathering and reporting on sensitive data, particularly in the face of pushback from those in power. Attendees of this talk gain a deeper understanding of the importance of data in journalism and the role it can play in holding power to account and promoting transparency and accountability.

Maria delves into the importance of transparency in corporate governance and how it can drive success for businesses. As a journalist and the recipient of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, Ressa has extensive experience investigating and exposing corruption and malfeasance. She will discuss the role that transparency plays in building trust with stakeholders and creating a strong and accountable corporate culture. Ressa will also share insights and examples from her own career and from companies that have successfully implemented transparent governance practices. Attendees of this talk will come away with a better understanding of how transparency can benefit businesses and how to effectively implement it within their own organizations.

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