Keynote speaker to share her journey from homeless to Harvard

Posted: January 11, 2017 10:30 a.m.

Subject of the Emmy Award nominated movie, Homeless to Harvard, Liz Murray will speak at the eighth annual Inspiring Leadership Forum.
Subject of the Emmy Award nominated movie, Homeless to Harvard, Liz Murray will speak at the eighth annual Inspiring Leadership Forum. Photo courtesy Liz Murray

The child of cocaine-addicted parents, Liz Murray grew up impoverished in the Bronx. Homeless by age 15 but determined to take charge of her life, Murray finished high school in just two years and was awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University, all while camping out in New York City parks and subway stations.

Lifetime Television produced a movie about Murray’s life entitled Homeless to Harvard, which was nominated for three Emmy Awards.

Murray is the recipient of the White House Project’s “Role Model Award” and Oprah Winfrey’s first-ever “Chutzpah Award.” Her memoir, Breaking Night, landed on the New York Times bestseller list within a week of its release and quickly became an international bestseller published in eight languages.

Murray received her bachelor of science from Harvard University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in psychology at Columbia University. She is one of three keynote speakers who will appear at the University of Regina’s annual Inspiring Leadership Forum.

The Forum is an opportunity for people from Saskatchewan and beyond to hear the inspirational stories of internationally renowned leaders. This year’s theme is: The Strength Within. Keynote speakers, including Murray, will share how they found the strength to overcome adversity and pursue their dreams.

Now in its eighth year, the Inspiring Leadership Forum takes place on March 8, 2017. To register for this signature event, visit: http://www.uregina.ca/external/inspiringleadership/registration/index.html

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