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Patricia Arquette          

2015 Academy Award-Winning Actress, Activist, Humanitarian and Author

Audiences recognize Oscar, Golden Globe, & Emmy winner Patricia Arquette for her gripping roles in shows like Medium and films like Boyhood, Stigmata and the classic True Romance, but what most people don't know about is her real-life role as a humanitarian. GiveLove, Patricia's nonprofit, is deeply engaged with community-led sanitation projects to treat and compost waste, improve public health, and create jobs around recycling. Patricia now travels to Haiti on a regular basis to oversee the foundation's work while also developing new partnerships and scalable strategies. Her hands-on approach to ecological sanitation has inspired some of the most well-known experts in the field to join her in helping to accelerate the progression in Haiti.

Aside from her work with GiveLove, Patricia continues to work as an actress in various television and film roles. She filmed a recurring role for HBO's Boardwalk Empire, opposite Steve Buscemi.

Patricia completed seven seasons as Allison Dubois on the critically-acclaimed series Medium, for which she received numerous accolades, including the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series. Most recently, Patricia won a 2015 Oscar and Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her performance in the movie Boyhood. Patricia used her Oscar acceptance speech as a platform to bring awareness to women's rights in the workplace, a cause she is very much invested in.

Patricia's humanitarian role just might be the most challenging she's ever tackled, and in true form, she is 100 percent committed to the task at hand.

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Turning Poison Into Medicine: Eco-Sanitation, Sustainability, and Public Health

The realities are harsh—2.6 billion people have no access to sanitation and 1.1 billion people do not have access to the most basic survival requirement: clean water. Lack of sanitation kills more children than AIDS, Malaria, and TB combined. And the number one pollutant to water sources, which is caused by poor sanitation, is entirely preventable. In this talk, Patricia Arquette addresses these harsh realities, and explains how her nonprofit, GiveLove, is using eco-sanitation technologies to work against them in Haiti. Patricia explains theromophilic composting technology, which, though a simple science, the dangerous pathogens in human excreta—the stuff that poisons millions—can be eliminated and transformed into new soil for growing crops that provide nutrients and save lives. Finally, Patricia explains how the same technologies GiveLove uses in Haiti could provide innovative, affordable solutions to one of the world’s biggest, most dangerous problems.

Mutual Aid, Not Charity: Building Community-Based Recovery Efforts

Patricia Arquette’s nonprofit GiveLove is not just an ordinary charity. GiveLove takes a hands-on approach to helping those in need by empowering people to help themselves. GiveLove not only implements life-saving technologies in developing countries and emergency contexts, but also by educating communities on how to sustain those same technologies long after first recovery efforts are over. In this talk, Patricia explains GiveLove’s philosophy, which includes a major focus on education through Green School Programs and community-based technical training. These programs provide a place where children and communities learn about sanitation and ecology by seeing these principles in action and participating in the management of the projects. Their skills-transfer approach breaks from the standard aid model of dependency so that communities learn best practices to improve health in their own communities. GiveLove strives to support holistic community-led projects that help foster ecological awareness and empower Haitians of all ages with the skills they need to build and manage their own sanitation systems. This multi-media presentation, which includes photos and video footage of eco-sanitation training and technology in action, will show audiences that helping others goes far beyond monetary giving.

Turning Codependent Struggles Into Strengths

“When I arrived in Haiti after the earthquake, I realized that my marriage was in its last death throes and I was having a personal crisis,” Patricia Arquette says. “While I understood some of my own personality traits had led to this deconstruction, I also found that those same tendencies could be an asset when applied in a more significant arena.” In this personal talk, Patricia explains how, through finding a new relationship to community, others could help her just as much as she could help them. This talk takes a new look at the concept of codependency, and poses a complex question: can some of the same tendencies that wreak havoc in one’s personal life be focused in a more universal trajectory to bring mutual benefit to all? In this talk, Patricia explores how codependence can be transformed into a positive force—community interdependence—to help bring about significant changes to people’s lives.

Fighting Against Breast Cancer

More than 200,000 American women develop breast cancer every year, and about 40,000 lose their fight with the disease. After her mother died of breast cancer in 1997, Patricia Arquette vowed she would do everything she could to raise awareness about the disease and continue the fight for a long-awaited cure. Patricia has run in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and also was the spokesperson for Lee National Denim Day, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer research and education. In this talk, Patricia tells the personal story of how breast cancer has affected her family, reveals the measures she takes to protect herself, and discusses how raising awareness about the disease and women’s health is more important than ever.

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Fox News Bashes Patricia Arquette For Advocating Wage Equality: 'I ...

Not everyone was a fan of Patricia Arquette's impassioned call for wage equality at the Oscar's last night. On Fox & Friends, actress and Fox News Contributor ...

Patricia Arquette To Speak At Texas Conference For Women

The 2015 Texas Conference for Women announced today that Patricia Arquette will appear as a keynote speaker at the 16th annual Conference on October 15, 2015 at the Austin Convention Center.

Patricia Arquette Wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar, Demands ...

No need to consult a medium to figure this one out. Patricia Arquette capped off her victorious s...

Oscar Winner Patricia Arquette's Fight for Gender Equality Continues in an Impassioned Interview
Jennifer Lawrence, Patricia Arquette Take Stand for Equal Pay at Women in Film Party

Discussions on pay inequality and gender diversity commanded the Women in Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party Friday night, where actresses including Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander and Patricia Arquette convened to honor 2016’s 51 female Oscar nominees.

Patricia Arquette on equal pay and lack of diversity: 'Art is suffering for it'

Actress Patricia Arquette has made it her mission to get people talking about equal pay for women and a lack of diversity in Hollywood.

Patricia Arquette: What Happened After My Oscar Speech on Pay ...

"When men support change, it has been shown it comes 10 times faster," says the Oscar-winning actress, who, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, recalls the ...

Patricia Arquette Pens Touching Statement Following Sister Alexis ...

Penned by Alexis' sister, fellow actor Patricia Arquette, and shared on behalf of the family on brother Richmond's Facebook page, the statement calls Alexis “a ...

Patricia Arquette on gender pay gap: 'We've reached a breaking point'

Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette joined U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N. Y.) on Equal Pay Day to highlight the findings of a new Congressional report on ...

Patricia Arquette's Equal Rights Amendment Petition

Want to help make equal rights a reality? Sign Patricia Arquette's recently launched petition to make it so. Why the need for this petition and advocacy?

Patricia Arquette Hopes Sister Alexis Arquette Is Reincarnated Into a ...

Alexis Arquette, Patricia Arquette. John Shearer/WireImage. Patricia Arquette has one uplifting wish as she mourns the death of her sister Alexis Arquette.

Patricia Arquette to give keynote address at Illinois State

Actress Patricia Arquette is a keynote speaker during a week of science and technology events at Illinois State University...

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