Third Annual Moms +SocialGood Announces Addition of Connie Britton, Jerry O’Connell, Jessica Seinfeld, Jackie Bezos, Rosie Pope, Penny Abeywardena and Ambassador Power

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Advocates, leaders and change-makers unite asking the question, “What kind of world do you want for your family in 2030?”

Moms +SocialGood, an event dedicated to the power of moms and families to create a better future for their communities, today announced new attendees for its one-day event on May 1 at the New York Times Center in Manhattan:

  •     Connie Britton – Actress, singer and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
  •     Jerry O’Connell – Actor, producer, director
  •     Jessica Seinfeld - Baby Buggy founder and cookbook author
  •     Jackie Bezos - President and Co-Founder, Bezos Family Foundation
  •     Rosie Pope - Star of Bravo’s “Pregnant in Heels,” creator and designer of renowned fashion line Rosie Pope Maternity, and creator and teacher of MomPrep
  •     Penny Abeywardena - Commissioner of International Affairs, New York City Mayor’s Office
  •     Ambassador Samantha Power – United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Co-hosted by the United Nations Foundation and Johnson & Johnson, with support from BabyCenter and the Huffington Post, the one-day event Moms +SocialGood will draw speakers who will share ideas and draw attention to some of the greatest challenges facing women and children, placing moms and dads at the forefront of the discussion on how to tackle these issues.

This year’s theme is: “What kind of world do you want for your family in 2030?” Whether it’s for our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or neighbors, we must envision the future in terms of health, education and access to opportunities for our own families—and families around the world.

Moms +SocialGood will leverage influential voices to help focus the world’s attention on ways to improve the health and well-being of women and children. Some facts that must be addressed include:

  • Every 20 seconds a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease.
  • Medical complications from pregnancy and childbirth are leading causes of death among girls ages 15-19 in low- and middle-income countries. And girls between the ages of 10 and 14 are five times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than women aged 20 to 24.
  • For millions of mothers living in poverty, access to vital health information is a matter of life or death.

Moms +SocialGood will also kick off the third annual Global Moms Relay, a digital dialogue to help boost health and happiness for moms and babies everywhere. The online relay will run from May 1 to June 19, featuring celebrities and community leaders from New York to Nairobi answering the question, “What kind of world do you want for your family by 2030?” For each share, on each social media network, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1, up to $300,000, to one of four causes that boost health and happiness for moms and children around the world: MAMA, Shot@Life, Girl Up and UNICEF.

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Press contacts:
UN Foundation: Tina Musoke, tmusoke(at)unfoundation(dot)org
Johnson & Johnson: Alexandra Holland, aholland(at)its.jnj(dot)com

About Moms +SocialGood
Moms +SocialGood is a one-day event dedicated to the power of moms and families to create a better future for their communities, and the role of social media and philanthropy to boost health and happiness for moms and babies everywhere. Hundreds of the brightest and most passionate people will gather on May 1, 2015, at the New York Times Center in Manhattan to share ideas and inspire action for improving the health and well-being of women and children. Hosted by the United Nations Foundation, and Johnson & Johnson, with support from BabyCenter—a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies—and the Huffington Post, this unique gathering will focus the world's attention on ways to address some of the greatest health challenges affecting women and children today. Anyone, from anywhere, will be able to participate in the dialogue by tuning into the discussion via live stream and social media. http://www.MomsPlusSocialGood.org

About the Global Moms Relay
The United Nations Foundation and Johnson & Johnson, with support from BabyCenter—a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies—and the Huffington Post, created the Global Moms Relay, a global conversation among mothers and their friends to create change. From just before Mother’s Day through Father’s Day (May 1-June 19, 2015), each day a celebrity, community leader, or everyday mom and dad will share a personal story on the kind of future they want for their family and the world, and then “pass the baton” to the next contributor. Each time you share one of these posts via social media, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action) to help improve the health and well-being of moms and kids worldwide through the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), Shot@Life, Girl Up and UNICEF. For more information, visit http://www.GlobalMomsRelay.org

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