Scott Harrison with Sophia Bush

Monday, October 8, 2018
(Reception: 6:30-7:30p, details below)

Scott Harrison
in conversation with Sophia Bush

discussing his memoir,
Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Blvd.,
Santa Monica, CA 90404

This event is part of our Newer Voices Series.
General Admission tickets are complimentary, but we encourage you to support these newer authors and purchase their books.**** We are hosting a  reception in conjunction with this event from 6:30-7:30pm before the talk with Scott Harrison. Tickets are $95 and also include the book. 100% of the proceeds from the reception support Charity: Water.

Comp General Admission Tickets 
$30 Reserved Section Seat + Book
$35 Two Reserved Section Seats + 1 book
$95 Pre talk reception (6:30-7:30pm) + Reserved Seat + Book

An inspiring personal story of redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all, from the founder and CEO of the nonprofit charity: water.

Scott Harrison is the founder and CEO of charity: water, a non-profit that has mobilized over one million donors around the world to fund over 28,000 water projects in 26 countries that will serve 8.5 million people. Harrison has been recognized on Fortune’s 40 under 40 list, Forbes’ Impact 30 list, and was ranked #10 in Fast Company‘s 100 Most Creative People in Business. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

In Thirst, Harrison recounts the twists and turns that built charity: water into one of the most trusted and admired nonprofits in the world. Renowned for its 100% donation model, bold storytelling, imaginative branding, and radical commitment to transparency, charity: water has disrupted how social entrepreneurs work while inspiring millions of people to join its mission of bringing clean water to everyone on the planet within our lifetime.

At 28 years old, Scott Harrison had it all. A top nightclub promoter in New York City, his life was an endless cycle of drugs, booze, models—repeat. But 10 years in, desperately unhappy and morally bankrupt, he asked himself, “What would the exact opposite of my life look like?” Walking away from everything, Harrison spent the next 16 months on a hospital ship in West Africa and discovered his true calling. In 2006, with no money and less than no experience, Harrison founded charity: water. Today, his organization has raised over $300 million to bring clean drinking water to more than 8.2 million people around the globe.

In the tradition of such bestselling books as Shoe Dog and Mountains Beyond MountainsThirst is a riveting account of how to build a better charity, a better business, a better life—and a gritty tale that proves it’s never too late to make a change.

100% of the author’s net proceeds from Thirst will go to fund charity: water projects around the world.

Sophia Bush is an actress, activist, entrepreneur, and global education access advocate. Bush is a member of the Directors Guild of America and in 2017 entered into a talent and development deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The deal calls for her to star in a comedy or drama project for the studio this coming pilot season, as well as develop additional projects for which she will serve as an executive producer.

This Fall, Bush will begin filming CBS’ Surveillance, a spy thriller drama starring Bush, from The Passage and Batman‘s Matt Reeves, writer David C. White (Sons of Liberty), director Patricia Riggen (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan). Most recently, Bush starred in Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2, where she played Voyd, a young superhero and major Elastigirl fan, who has the power of creating voids in space, allowingobjects to appear and disappear.

Bush is recently wrapped production as the lead of Hard Luck Love Song, an indie from Synthetic Pictures and Dime Box Entertainment. Last year, she was seen in Acts of Violence, opposite Bruce Willis.

Over the course of her career, Bush has captured film and television audiences alike with the diverse characters she portrays. For nine seasons she portrayed the fan favorite Brooke Davis on The CW’s hit drama One Tree Hill. She starred as Detective Erin Lindsay for 4 seasons of Dick Wolf’s Chicago PD. Bush appeared in the CBS comedy, Partners and starred opposite Sean Bean in the remake of the classic horror film The Hitcher.  She starred in Serenade Film’s The Narrows, the independent comedy Table for Three, and the feature film Chalet Girl opposite Bill Nighy and Brooke Shields. Previously, Bush starred the comedy John Tucker Must Die. She also starred in the thriller, Stay Alive. 

Bush has earned multiple Teen Choice Awards in the categories of “Choice Movie Actress: Comedy;” “Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller;” and “Choice Movie: Breakout Female.” In addition, she received the Rising Star Award at the Vail Film Festival, the New Hollywood Style Icon Award at the Hollywood Style Awards and the Bing Philanthropy Award at the Young Hollywood Awards.

Off screen, Bush is also an early stage tech investor, who looks to bolster companies that create innovation and efficiency in people’s lives. She counts PenPal Schools, Uber, StyleSeat, Mark 43, and THINX among investments she calls “lifehacks.”

Named one of the most charitable celebrities by CNN, Sophia devotes her free time to bettering girl’s education and the environment. She inspires millions as she uses her personal platform and social media influence to raise awareness and funds for great causes. Since taking to social media to share her passion for change, Bush has inspired young people to join her in raising nearly half a million dollars for charity, built three primary schools in Guatemala and Laos, and now serves as a global ambassador for Glamour’s The Girl Project. Her focus, with The Girl Project, is to break down the barriers the girls face to secondary school education. They are currently working in 96 countries around the world.