St. Catherine University | Kelly Lecture

The Rt. Hon. Dame Jacinda Ardern

Friday, March 07
Doors: 6pm // Show: 6:30pm
$15 to $49

Prime Minister of New Zealand (2017-2023); Senior Fellow, Harvard University; Patron of the Christchurch Call; Board Member, The Earthshot Prize

The Right Honourable Dame Jacinda Ardern became the Prime Minister of New Zealand at just 37 years of age. During her time in office, she faced the challenges of a live-streamed domestic terror attack against New Zealand’s Muslim community, a volcanic eruption, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms Ardern’s focus on people, kindness, and what she has called “pragmatic idealism” saw New Zealand achieve some of the lowest losses of life experienced by any developed nation through the pandemic, the ban of military-style semi-automatic weapons in her country, and the creation of the Christchurch Call to eliminate violent extremism online.

Ms Ardern is a champion of women’s empowerment. While in office, New Zealand reached 50 percent representation of women in parliament, and on government-appointed boards. She decriminalized abortion, improved pay equity laws, and extended paid parental leave to 6 months – all while being only the second woman in the world to have a baby while leading her country. 

Ms Ardern is a passionate advocate of climate action and is a board member of The Earthshot Prize, focusing on solutions to climate change and environmental issues. She is also an Arnhold Distinguished Fellow, Conservation International where she is advocating for climate action and better treatment of the environment. 

Ms Ardern is the 2023 Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Hauser Leader in the School’s Center for Public Leadership, a program where leaders from public, private, and nonprofit sectors engage with students and faculty on building skills in principled leadership.

She is also the Knight Tech Governance Leadership Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, where she is focused on ways to improve content standards and platform accountability for extremist content online. Ms Ardern holds an Honorary Doctorate from Harvard University.

6:30-6:50 PM: Opening Remarks
6:50-7:30 PM: Moderated Conversation

*ASL Interpretation is planned for this event. We invite you to reach out to the Ticket Office if you are planning or hoping to utilize this service. 
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