As the keynote speaker for the 2019 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award event, the actress, producer and activist spoke candidly about her professional life, both in front of and behind the camera, and the ethos that drives her creatively: “If you want to make change you have to step in and be the change.”
Opening up about her working relationship with husband and film director, Michael Polish, Bosworth explained, “together, we are partners. We urge one another to make the world a better place through our art.” “Our production company is called Make Pictures because we believe in making pictures that matter,” she shared.
Speaking humbly of their 2017 film, Nona, which addresses the issues of illegal immigration and human trafficking, Bosworth reflected on the importance of shining a spotlight on the stories that matter.
“Nona may be a smaller independent film, but it makes a big impact. It is uncompromising and uncompromised. Madame Clicquot reminds us that an uncompromising passion for excellence will take you all the way. And, this is something we all must hold onto.”
After more than 20 years of playing fearless women on screen, it’s Bosworth’s game-changing efforts off-screen that define her as a trailblazing activist in her field and made her the perfect appointment for such a prestigious and inspiring event.
“Let’s take a moment to celebrate the fearless women, the bold women, the audacious change makers of yesterday, today and tomorrow,” Bosworth toasted moments before venture capitalist, Kim Jackson, was announced as the award winner.
Echoing the sentiment of Bosworth, Jackson used her acceptance speech to reiterate the need for a level playing field for women in business. With only 2% of funding going to female start-up founders – a statistic that she says “is just not good enough” – Jackson, who co-founded Skip Capital, is actively supporting female entrepreneurs. “I am proud to say that today almost half of start-up investment is in female founders," she states.
Congratulations to Kim Jackson and all the incredible nominees for the 2019 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award!
Scroll to see all the highlights from the inspiring afternoon (served with a side of bubbles of course).