Today’s plenary session will feature Lizzie Velasquez, an activist, motivational speaker
and author who was born with neonatal progeroid syndrome, which prevents her from
accumulating body fat and gaining weight, among other symptoms. Her condition resulted
in bullying from an early age, including being labeled as the “World’s Ugliest Woman”
in a video posted when she was 17.
Velasquez turned this negative act into positive action by creating an anti-bullying
movement. She continues to be an inspiration, spreading messages of acceptance, kindness
Velasquez will deliver an inspiring talk titled “Finding My Voice” from 10:45-11:05
a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Valencia Ballroom of the convention center.