Holly Robinson Peete is an actress, author, talk show host, activist, and philanthropist. From her first appearance on the award-winning children’s show Sesame Street at the age of four to her most recent gig on the hit comedy series Mike & Molly has consistently used her celebrity status as a platform to advocate for issues dear to her heart.
Following her father’s battle with Parkinson’s disease, she and husband Rodney Peete, a former NFL quarterback, formed the HollyRod Foundation in 1997 to help improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s. In 2005, Foundation’s mission is extended to provide support and resources to those affected by autism when their eldest son was diagnosed with the condition.
Her first book, Get Your Own Damn Beer, I’m Watching the Game: A Women’s Guide to Loving Pro Football, won her the 2006 Quill Literacy Award. A celebrated author, Holly co-authored with her 12-year-old daughter the NAACP Image Award-winning My Brother Charlie, a children’s book about autism from the sibling’s perspective.
Robinson Peete’s longevity and visibility in the entertainment community has led to a successful career as a spokesperson for some of the country’s biggest brands, including Colgate, Skechers, Target, Toys”R”Us, Epipen, and Carnation. She also launched a lifestyle brand of products, with a wide range of product covering everything from women’s clothing and beauty products to home decor and pet products, available at stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods.
Whether discussing how she maintains a successful work-life balance or her son’s autism, Holly Robinson Peete delivers inspiring keynotes filled with vital tips and roadmaps for managing their own lives and careers to her audiences.