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Actress, Activist and Vital Voices Global Ambassador

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 Maria Bello Biography

Maria Bello is an internationally renowned actor, women's rights activist, and the co-founder of We Advance, a women's movement and NGO based in Cité Soleil, Haiti. Having starred in over 30 movies (including “Coyote Ugly,” “A History of Violence,” and “The Cooler”), Bello has won Golden Globe and New York Film Critics awards and nominations.

Bello was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Her father is Italian American and her mother is Polish American. She grew up in a working-class Roman Catholic family and attended Villanova University, where she majored in peace and justice education and worked at the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia.

Bello founded her first NGO, The Dream Yard Drama Project, in 1997 and travelled around the world to Bosnia, Kenya, Botswana, Bhutan, Nepal, and many other countries interviewing women about their lives, hopes, and dreams. Since 2008, she has worked in Haiti with Artists for Peace and Justice and Femmes en Democratie. Additionally, Bello raised funds and produced a women's media campaign for the 2010 elections and spearheaded the opening of the women's clinic in the Petionville Camp immediately following the earthquake. She is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and works on gender policy within the Haiti Action Network.

Bello was named Goodwill Ambassador for Women in Haiti and along with Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, she leads a committee for women's empowerment, social business, and poverty alleviation in President Martelly's Council for Investments in Haiti. She is also building the first women's co-op bakery in Marigaux, Haiti, along with her Haitian colleagues.

Maria Bello was named a Vital Voices Global Ambassador for women and participated in the first ever Vital Voices/Bank of America International Women's Conference in Haiti. In 2012, she was a keynote speaker at the State Department's Forum on Impact Investing and was awarded the Starkey Foundation's So the World May Hear Award. She speaks around the world on social impact investing, Haiti, and the "new women's revolution."

She published a book, Whatever...Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves in 2015.

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Speaking Topics
  • You Dont Have to be a Saint to be of Service

  • Social Impact & Civic Engagement

  • You Serve Best by Doing the Thing You Love Most

    Maria Bello was studying peace and justice education at Villanova when she found her calling in an unlikely place: an acting elective. Stunned by the realization that acting was what she was meant to do, she looked to a personal friend
    • a priest
    • for guidance. His advice? "You serve best by doing the thing you love most." In this very personal keynote, Maria Bello shares the inspiring story of how she found her way to acting, and how that career path has afforded her a platform to become an agent for promoting global peace and social justice as co-founder of We Advance, an NGO advocating for Haitian women to have full political, economic, and social participation. Her inspiring, entertaining message
    • perfect for students, professional groups, or philanthropic associations
    • resonates with audiences who are looking to change the world by pursuing their passion.

  • The Importance of Investing in Women

    Maria Bello began her career as a women's activist while she was a student at Villanova University. Since then, she has worked with Save the Children, The Feminist Majority, Vital Voices, and Save Darfur, her main focus being the empowerment of women worldwide. Now the co-founder of We Advance
    • an organization dedicated to advancing Haitian women's health, safety, and well being
    • Bello shares her powerful message on the importance of investing in women in this informative, fascinating keynote. Perfect for women's professional or philanthropic groups, Bello shares her insights
    • gleaned from her years working with and for disenfranchised women across the globe
    • into how investing in women can quite literally change the world.

  • Caregiving: A Personal Perspective

    Actress and public speaker Maria Bello has a very personal perspective on caregiving. Bello's mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma nearly thirty years ago and was told she only had months to live. Now, 28 years later, her mother is undergoing her third round of chemotherapy. In this captivating keynote, Bello shares how she and her siblings share the responsibility of caring for their mom; they identify their individual strengths, then contribute to her caregiving in a way that draws on those strengths. Bello also stresses the importance of setting boundaries and focusing on self care as a caregiver.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Maria Bello for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Maria Bello for your next private or corporate function.
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Maria Bello

Actress, Activist and Vital Voices Global Ambassador

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Maria Bello Biography

Maria Bello is an internationally renowned actor, women's rights activist, and the co-founder of We Advance, a women's movement and NGO based in Cité Soleil, Haiti. Having starred in over 30 movies (including “Coyote Ugly,” “A History of Violence,” and “The Cooler”), Bello has won Golden Globe and New York Film Critics awards and nominations.

Bello was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Her father is Italian American and her mother is Polish American. She grew up in a working-class Roman Catholic family and attended Villanova University, where she majored in peace and justice education and worked at the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia.

Bello founded her first NGO, The Dream Yard Drama Project, in 1997 and travelled around the world to Bosnia, Kenya, Botswana, Bhutan, Nepal, and many other countries interviewing women about their lives, hopes, and dreams. Since 2008, she has worked in Haiti with Artists for Peace and Justice and Femmes en Democratie. Additionally, Bello raised funds and produced a women's media campaign for the 2010 elections and spearheaded the opening of the women's clinic in the Petionville Camp immediately following the earthquake. She is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and works on gender policy within the Haiti Action Network.

Bello was named Goodwill Ambassador for Women in Haiti and along with Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, she leads a committee for women's empowerment, social business, and poverty alleviation in President Martelly's Council for Investments in Haiti. She is also building the first women's co-op bakery in Marigaux, Haiti, along with her Haitian colleagues.

Maria Bello was named a Vital Voices Global Ambassador for women and participated in the first ever Vital Voices/Bank of America International Women's Conference in Haiti. In 2012, she was a keynote speaker at the State Department's Forum on Impact Investing and was awarded the Starkey Foundation's So the World May Hear Award. She speaks around the world on social impact investing, Haiti, and the "new women's revolution."

She published a book, Whatever...Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves in 2015.

Maria Bello Videos

  • Maria Bello Exclusive LIGHTS OUT Interview - YouTube
  • Lights Out Interview - Maria Bello (2016) - Horror Movie - YouTube
  • The 5th Wave "Sergeant Reznik" On-Set Interview - Maria Bello ...

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Maria Bello Speaking Topics

  • You Dont Have to be a Saint to be of Service

  • Social Impact & Civic Engagement

  • You Serve Best by Doing the Thing You Love Most

    Maria Bello was studying peace and justice education at Villanova when she found her calling in an unlikely place: an acting elective. Stunned by the realization that acting was what she was meant to do, she looked to a personal friend
    • a priest
    • for guidance. His advice? "You serve best by doing the thing you love most." In this very personal keynote, Maria Bello shares the inspiring story of how she found her way to acting, and how that career path has afforded her a platform to become an agent for promoting global peace and social justice as co-founder of We Advance, an NGO advocating for Haitian women to have full political, economic, and social participation. Her inspiring, entertaining message
    • perfect for students, professional groups, or philanthropic associations
    • resonates with audiences who are looking to change the world by pursuing their passion.

  • The Importance of Investing in Women

    Maria Bello began her career as a women's activist while she was a student at Villanova University. Since then, she has worked with Save the Children, The Feminist Majority, Vital Voices, and Save Darfur, her main focus being the empowerment of women worldwide. Now the co-founder of We Advance
    • an organization dedicated to advancing Haitian women's health, safety, and well being
    • Bello shares her powerful message on the importance of investing in women in this informative, fascinating keynote. Perfect for women's professional or philanthropic groups, Bello shares her insights
    • gleaned from her years working with and for disenfranchised women across the globe
    • into how investing in women can quite literally change the world.

  • Caregiving: A Personal Perspective

    Actress and public speaker Maria Bello has a very personal perspective on caregiving. Bello's mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma nearly thirty years ago and was told she only had months to live. Now, 28 years later, her mother is undergoing her third round of chemotherapy. In this captivating keynote, Bello shares how she and her siblings share the responsibility of caring for their mom; they identify their individual strengths, then contribute to her caregiving in a way that draws on those strengths. Bello also stresses the importance of setting boundaries and focusing on self care as a caregiver.

FAQs on booking Maria Bello

  • How to book Maria Bello?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Maria Bello for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Maria Bello, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Maria Bello or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Maria Bello?

    Booking fees for Maria Bello, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Maria Bello, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Maria Bello?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Maria Bello for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Maria Bello for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Maria Bello or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Maria Bello or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Maria Bello is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Maria Bello for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Maria Bello generally travels from Venice, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mira Sorvino, Kathy Najimy, Sheryl WuDunn, Lisa Ling and Ashley Judd. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Maria Bello for an upcoming event.

Maria Bello Speaker Videos

  • Maria Bello Exclusive LIGHTS OUT Interview - YouTube
    Lights Out Interview - Maria Bello (2016) - Horror Movie - YouTube
  • The 5th Wave "Sergeant Reznik" On-Set Interview - Maria Bello ...
    Maria Bello at TEDxMidAtlantic 2012

Maria Bello Speaking Topics

  • You Dont Have to be a Saint to be of Service

  • Social Impact & Civic Engagement

  • You Serve Best by Doing the Thing You Love Most

    Maria Bello was studying peace and justice education at Villanova when she found her calling in an unlikely place: an acting elective. Stunned by the realization that acting was what she was meant to do, she looked to a personal friend
    • a priest
    • for guidance. His advice? "You serve best by doing the thing you love most." In this very personal keynote, Maria Bello shares the inspiring story of how she found her way to acting, and how that career path has afforded her a platform to become an agent for promoting global peace and social justice as co-founder of We Advance, an NGO advocating for Haitian women to have full political, economic, and social participation. Her inspiring, entertaining message
    • perfect for students, professional groups, or philanthropic associations
    • resonates with audiences who are looking to change the world by pursuing their passion.

  • The Importance of Investing in Women

    Maria Bello began her career as a women's activist while she was a student at Villanova University. Since then, she has worked with Save the Children, The Feminist Majority, Vital Voices, and Save Darfur, her main focus being the empowerment of women worldwide. Now the co-founder of We Advance
    • an organization dedicated to advancing Haitian women's health, safety, and well being
    • Bello shares her powerful message on the importance of investing in women in this informative, fascinating keynote. Perfect for women's professional or philanthropic groups, Bello shares her insights
    • gleaned from her years working with and for disenfranchised women across the globe
    • into how investing in women can quite literally change the world.

  • Caregiving: A Personal Perspective

    Actress and public speaker Maria Bello has a very personal perspective on caregiving. Bello's mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma nearly thirty years ago and was told she only had months to live. Now, 28 years later, her mother is undergoing her third round of chemotherapy. In this captivating keynote, Bello shares how she and her siblings share the responsibility of caring for their mom; they identify their individual strengths, then contribute to her caregiving in a way that draws on those strengths. Bello also stresses the importance of setting boundaries and focusing on self care as a caregiver.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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