Speaker

Victoria Rowell

Victoria Rowell
A former foster child who became an award-winning actress, advocate, mother and New York Times bestselling author.

Having spent 18 years in foster care, Rowell became a passionate voice for children like herself. She embodies the talent, determination and perseverance it takes to flourish in the entertainment world, but she constantly credits the amazing women who cared for her when her birth mother could not. She attributes the creativity she possesses today to the experiences of her youth, and she uses her celebrity status to raise awareness and understanding about foster care.

A versatile actress of theatre, television and feature films, Rowell is known worldwide. She is an icon in daytime television as the feisty Drucilla Winters on CBS's highly rated daytime series, “The Young and the Restless.” She has been nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy and awarded 12 NAACP Image Awards. She also co-starred in the CBS hit primetime television series “Diagnosis Murder” with Dick Van Dyke for eight seasons. In 1990, she founded the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan, which enriches foster children through artistic and athletic expression.