Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai will be part of the American Dental Association’s Distinguished Speaker Series at ADA 2016.
The ADA’s annual meeting will be held October 20 to 24, 2016, in Denver.
Yousafzai is a celebrated global activist for girls’ education, as well as an award-winning international author and contemporary role model. In 2014, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, alongside Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi.
“Malala Yousafzai is one of the most iconic women of our time,” said Carol Gomez Summerhays, DDS, president of the ADA. “Her life experiences and achievements within the first two decades of her life are profoundly inspiring. To hear her tell her story is a once in a lifetime opportunity for those who attend ADA 2016.”
A vocal advocate for female education in her native country of Pakistan, Yousafzai nearly died at the age of 15 after being shot by the Taliban while on her bus ride home from school in October 2012. Despite the experience, she continues to advocate for equal education rights for women and children around the globe.
In 2013, Time magazine named her one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World,” while Amnesty International honored her with the Ambassador of Conscience award, and Glamour declared her “Woman of the Year.” She is the author of the international bestseller, I Am Malala, which has been published in over 27 countries.
The Distinguished Speaker Series is presented by ACT®.