2018 Milestones Keynote Speaker

Laura Dern

Three-time Golden Globe Award winner Laura Dern is born from Hollywood royalty and appeared in such iconic films as Jurassic Park , Rambling Rose and Wild. Her first Academy Award nomination came for Rambling Rose in 1992; 23 years later she earned her second nomination for her role in Wild .

Laura has proven to be one of the great actresses of her generation showing that she is capable of great depth and range, touching audiences and critics alike with her moving and heartfelt performances. A product of two of Hollywood’s most iconic actors, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, Laura has built a lasting career living up to the continuing legacy of her family name and craft.
Laura starred in the award-winning and critically acclaimed HBO series Enlightened, which she also cocreated and executive produced. Other notable works include The Master, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Dr. T and the Women, Little Fockers, and The Fault in Our Stars. She most recently appeared in Wild, the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling 2012 memoir.

From the lectern, Laura speaks on how her life experiences have propelled her to become an advocate for women’s empowerment, gender equality, and balancing the delicate scales of work, life, and family.
Dern resides in Los Angeles with her two children.