Viola Davis

Award-Winning Actress, Producer & Humanitarian

We are all worthy of telling our stories and having them heard.
We all need to be seen and honored in the same way that we all need to breathe.

Viola Davis is not your average heroine. Passionate about giving a voice to the voiceless and advocating for more diversity in film and television, at WorkHuman the revered actress, producer, and humanitarian will speak about the power and influence today’s people leaders hold, and how they can harness this moment to transform the workplace – and the world.

The first black woman to win a Tony, Oscar, and Emmy Award – and also the most nominated black actress in Academy Award history – Viola is redefining Hollywood standards of what it means to be a strong, intelligent, and beautiful woman.

Over the last few years, she’s garnered acclaim for her roles in “Fences” and the TV drama, “How to Get Away with Murder.” Along with her husband, Julius Tennon, she’s also launched a multi-ethnic production company, JuVee Productions, to tackle Hollywood’s diversity problem.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Davis received an Honorary Doctorate during its 109th Commencement Ceremony and also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from her alma mater, Rhode Island College.

But there’s more to Viola than well-deserved accolades. Her personal story is perhaps the one most worthy of telling. Having grown up in abject poverty and getting food by any means available, as an adult, she’s involved herself in the “Hunger Is” campaign that’s bringing food assistance programs to those who need them.

Join us at WorkHuman to hear her amazing story and advice for today’s leaders.


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What is WorkHuman?

Feeling appreciated and like we belong are intrinsic human needs in life and at work, and when they’re met, we bring our best and shine our brightest. WorkHuman is a global movement pioneered by Globoforce to bring more humanity to today’s modern workplace by building cultures of positivity that lift people and drive business forward.