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Lee Woodruff

Author & Media Contributor
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Biography

Lee Woodruff knows that life can change in an instant. One minute, you’re a successful freelance writer and businesswoman, mother of four children, and wife of Bob Woodruff, the newly appointed co-anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight. The next minute, your life turns upside down when your husband is severely wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq. Showing immense courage, Woodruff held her family together. She provided the extra support her children needed, as well as the moral and physical support to her husband during his slow, painstaking recovery. Gaining strength from their own incredible ordeal, Lee and her husband made the decision to help others, founding the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury. Now a best-selling author, Woodruff shares her personal story with audiences, providing them with the wisdom and inspiration she learned along her remarkable, and often difficult, journey.

With her down to earth, compassionate style, Woodruff has penned multiple best-selling books. She and Bob wrote a compelling account of their story titled In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing. In another best-selling book, Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress, Woodruff tackles the universal topics of life – including family, friends and marriage – with heart and humor. Furthermore, her first novel, Those We Love Most, became a New York Times bestseller and won the Washington Irving Book Award. Woodruff is also a contributing reporter for CBS This Morning, commenting on a variety of current events and family-related topics.

A testament to strength and grace during life's many challenges, Lee Woodruff has not only overcome immense obstacles, but has also continued to excel in her personal and professional life. In Lee’s presentations, she conveys a message of love, healing and an understanding that we’re all fighting our own battle. As a motivational speaker, Lee serves as an inspiration to anyone trying to navigate their own path. Engaging, heartfelt and candid, Lee Woodruff’s dynamic presentations remind audiences of all ages that nothing is stronger than love and hope.

RESUME

  • 2013: Won the Washington Irving Book Award for Fiction
  • 2013: Published Those We Love Most
  • 2010: Published Perfectly Imperfect: A Life In Progress
  • 2007-Present: Co-Founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation
  • 2007: Published In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing
  • 1984-1991: Senior Vice President at Porter Novelli
  • 1978: B.A. from Colgate University

Topics

Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress

With the publication of her new book, Perfectly Imperfect, Woodruff continues her often funny, sometimes poignant and always resilient take on life. In a Nora Ephron meets Erma Bombeck delivery, Woodruff connects audiences with the many commonalities and anecdotes of being a daughter, mother, friend, working woman, and caregiver. She also draws on some of the life lessons and experiences she chronicled in her number one best-seller "In an Instant," which details her family's journey of recovery after her husband Bob was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

With the same witty sense of humor she brings to her reporting on CBS This Morning and her down-to-earth delivery, Woodruff takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride of self-deprecating humor and shares some of her wisdom from having traveled on the "grittier pavement in life."

One of the most popular aspects of her presentation are the insightful and often surprising tips Woodruff has to offer anyone going through a difficult time or the people surrounding them, from what to say and what not to say to what to do, Woodruff lays it out for the audience in an engaging fashion.

Life Changes in an Instant

At some point in our lives, we will all be tested and sometimes end up downstream or upstream of where we set out to sail. The truth about life is that none of us truly has our hands on the script and Lee Woodruff knows firsthand, that life can change in an instant. One minute, you’re a successful Public Relations Executive, freelance writer, mother of four children, and wife of Bob Woodruff, the next minute your life turns upside down. Based on the New York Times bestseller she co-wrote with her husband Bob Woodruff, In an Instant, Lee Woodruff details her and her husband’s harrowing ordeal, in this highly inspiring keynote. She describes her husband’s painstaking recovery from a traumatic brain injury sustained by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq and describes the impact on Bob and their family. It’s a poignant and often humorous look at how a family reacts when their lives are changed "in an instant.”

Super Woman Is a Myth

If you are a woman in today’s world, chances are you have become a multi-tasking maniac. And there is so much pressure on us all to do everything well. One small misstep, one crisis, one unexpected or unplanned event and the whole apparatus can feel as if it’s wobbling badly. In a Nora Ephron meets Erma Bombeck delivery, Woodruff connects audiences with the many commonalities and anecdotes of being a daughter, mother, friend, working woman and caregiver. She also draws on some of the life lessons and experiences she chronicled in her number one best-seller In an Instant, which details her family's journey of recovery after her husband Bob was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. With the same witty sense of humor she brings to her reporting on CBS This Morning and her down-to-earth delivery, Woodruff takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride, sharing some of her wisdom from having traveled on the "grittier pavement in life. Lee is a great story teller who speaks with anecdotes, humor and warmth on how we can all learn to check the “cape” at the door and still tap into our own superpowers.

Parenting Through a Crisis

The Unsung Hero: The Caregiver

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