Speaker Series

Speaker Series

Photo of Featured Speaker Busy Philipps during the AWP Speaker Series event
Busy Philipps was the featured speaker for the Alliance of Women Philanthropists 2nd Annual Speaker Series held on March 1, 2019.

Life Sciences Building Auditorium
Friday, March 1, 2019
7—8 p.m.

Featured Guest Speaker Busy Philipps

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Busy Philipps is a New York Times best-selling author, actress and television host who struck a chord with critics and audiences early on in her career.

While attending Loyola Marymount University, Philipps was cast in her breakout role in Judd Apatow and Paul Feig's critically praised series, "Freaks and Geeks." Her performance as the tough, but sympathetic rebel teen, Kim Kelly, crafted Philipps as one of the most compelling young characters in contemporary television. She went on to appear in numerous acclaimed and award-winning television series including a recurring role on "ER" and a series regular on "Dawson's Creek." She continued on to starring roles in "Love, Inc." and "Cougar Town" for which she received a Critics' Choice Television Award. She has also appeared in several films, including "White Chicks", "He's Just Not That Into You" and most recently Amy Schumer's "I Feel Pretty."

In the fall of 2018, Philipps released a collection of humorous autobiographical essays in her book "This Will Only Hurt A Little." It became a New York Times Best-Seller in the first week and offers the same unfiltered and candid storytelling that can be found on her social media pages. She also began hosting her own late-night talk show, "Busy Tonight" on E! network. The show features Philipps giving her hilarious and outspoken opinions on the latest pop culture stories and trending topics with candid celebrity guest interviews and original comedic segments. Philipps also serves as executive producer on the show, alongside Tina Fey, Julie Darmody and Eric Gurian.

The Alliance of Women Philanthropists is excited to have her back on campus. Known for her ability to entertain on screens large and small, Philipps will bring sharp and relatable observations from her life. Though she has had a long career in the industry, perhaps what is most endearing is she has found renewed success by being authentically herself.

Annual Speaker Series

The Alliance of Women Philanthropists Speaker Series was created to engage the LMU community (students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents) in discussions about timely and important societal issues. The Speaker Series is open to the public.

The annual event is held in March during Women's History Month.