America Ferrera is perhaps best known for her Emmy Award-winning portrayal of “Betty Suarez” on the ABC hit comedy Ugly Betty. America is is also a devoted humanitarian who enjoys spending her time, energy, and dazzling star power to generating attention to the causes that are near and dear to her heart, especially those impacting children and their education.
As a gifted and fearless actress, she was awarded Special Jury Award for acting with her debut in Real Women Have Curves, a performance she followed up with roles in such films as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Lords of Dogtown, and the Oscar-nominated animated film How to Train Your Dragon. Recently, she starred in The Dry Land, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and which America also executive produced.
As a staunch believer that one person can truly make a difference if they only try, Ferrera, an artist ambassador for Save the Children, helped raise more than $44,000 to build a new elementary school in Mali, an for that accomplishment she got her the 2011 Global Action award for Childhood Development and Education. Ferrera also recently traveled to India with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to take part in the PBS film Half the Sky, to draw a compelling picture of the trials and triumphs of women worldwide as they struggle for opportunity and equality.
In 2010, Ferrera was awarded the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Inspira Award, for her contributions as a role model through her work as an actress and activist. Whether displaying an infectious smile or passionately advocating for women and children across the globe, she brings spark and ardor to her presentations and promises to touch your audience deep into their souls.