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Monica Lewinsky to speak at Yakima Town Hall

YAKIMA, Wash. - Monica Lewinsky has been announced as a speaker for the upcoming Yakima Town Hall Speaker Series.

Lewinsky became a household name in 1998, when it was revealed she had an intimate relationship with former President Bill Clinton while working as an intern at the White House. 

Today, Lewinsky is a social activist who speaks about overcoming shame and cultivating compassion.

In 2015, she gave a Ted Talk called “The price of shame,” in which she discusses breaking her silence about the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, often using humor to reflect on the embarrassing experience. 

“I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously,” Lewinsky says.

She discusses the impact the internet had on her story, how cyberbullying has evolved since and proposes ways to counteract today's "culture of humiliation."

Her Ted Talk has been viewed more than 8.7 million times on YouTube. 

Lewinsky will be speaking at 5808 Summitview Ave. in Yakima on April 1, 2020 at 11 a.m. 

She will be one of five presenters at the 47th annual Town Hall Speaker Series. 

The others include Rob O’Neill, a Navy SEAL team member who fired the shot that killed Osama Bin Laden, author and entrepreneur Alex Banayan, who was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and Business Insider’s Most Powerful People Under 30, Dr. Edith Widder, an expert in bioluminescence who filmed the giant squid for the first time, and Chick Underwood, who popularized the field of generational study and business strategies. 

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