Author of Daring: My Passages and the NY Times Bestseller Passages
Gail Sheehy is an icon of American journalism, a sought-after speaker and groundbreaking pioneer for women. The author of 17 books, Sheehy is now embarking on a speaking tour to offer a thrilling showcase of the transformative power of daring. Based on her New York Times best-selling memoir, Daring: My Passages (2014), Sheehy’s popular new program threads personal narrative with 50 years of public history, laying bare her major life passages and taking a hard look at what accompanies today’s undying ambition of “wanting it all.” Read More >
Mind and Body Cure
Circles of Care
Working Together to Save Family Caregivers
Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence
Loving Life as a Seasoned Woman
Walking the Labyrinth
The Boomerang Generation
Target Demographic: Professional women’s groups, conferences, book festivals, and Jewish Community Centers (Gail spoke in over 20 throughout Fall 2014 and Spring 2015) Read More >
In this inspiring presentation praised by audiences around the country, pioneering investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Gail Sheehy offers a thrilling showcase of the transformative power of daring based on her new memoir, Daring: My Passages. She dramatizes some of the most startling scenes of her extraordinary life – from dodging bullets on Bloody Sunday, to discovering how PM Margaret Thatcher used her sex appeal to help end the Cold War, to her own stirring romance and years of creative caregiving for New York magazine creator Clay Felker. Threading personal narrative with 50 years of public history, Gail offers a fascinating window into how daring propelled her life beyond fear, and can propel yours too.
Poignant, funny, and incredibly uplifting, Gail’s one-woman show is a true work of performance art. Read Less ^
Based on Gail Sheehy’s new book, Daring: My Passages, this presentation turns the spotlight on successful women who have “dared” to be bold and who have emerged as strong leaders in business, media, political and public life. A trailblazer in helping to shatter the glass ceiling for women professionals, Gail offers insight gleaned from her personal experiences of shattering failures and stunning successes as an intrepid young journalist and prolific author. Sharing stories from intimate interviews with such influential women as Gloria Steinem, Diane von Furstenberg, Meredith Vieira and Arianna Huffington, she will take your audience on a remarkable journey of how women have broken down gender barriers and honed entrepreneurial finesse. Shedding light on where progress is still to be made, Gail emboldens professional women to approach their career goals with the same commitment and purpose they apply elsewhere in life.
Target Demographic: Women in their 20s-70s Read More >
A world-renowned writer, Gail Sheehy is known for changing the way millions of women have looked at their lives. Now offering her valuable wisdom and expertise to college students nationwide, she is helping usher in a new era of empowered, fearless and successful females. Drawing from personal interviews with such influential women as Arianna Huffington and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Gail probes audiences to think about when they have been most daring in life, asserting that such moments—when one looks fear or apprehension straight in the eye—are when one becomes the most alive. Also sharing often amusing stories about determined Millennials who have dared to challenge parental and societal expectations, Gail presents tangible tools for cultivating innovative ideas and building a meaningful life. Read Less ^
Target Demographic: Sandwich generation, medical professionals, hospital administrators, social workers, senior housing providers, Alzheimer’s groups Read More >
The population of caregivers is exploding. They come in all ages, struggle to cope with the needs of ill loved ones, and attempt to navigate their way through the often complicated maze of our healthcare system—all while trying to maintaining careers and personal lives. Having acted as her husband's caregiver for 17 years, Gail Sheehy—who has chronicled every major cultural turning point for 20th-century Americans—understands firsthand the fears and frustrations of caregiving. In this fascinating and empowering speech based on her best-selling book, Passages in Caregiving, Gail draws from personal experience and shares the inspiring stories of other caregivers. Audiences will leave with proven strategies for managing what Gail identifies as the eight crucial stages of the caregiving journey.
Intimately familiar with the emotional and financial burdens caregivers face, she also candidly discusses such difficult topics as how to involve siblings and friends in a circle of care, how to turn your doctor into your medical quarterback, and how to use the magic code words that get fast action from health professionals. You will learn how to engage a loved one—even one with Alzheimer’s—in the pleasurable and purposeful project of creating a picture-and-audio legacy online. With unique insights, she presents down-to-earth solutions to help turn stressful, life-altering situations into special moments from which everyone can benefit. Read Less ^
Target Demographic: Women 50+ Read More >
Gail Sheehy celebrates the surge in vitality among Boomer women seeking renewed love, sex, new passions, deepened spirituality and revitalized marriages—or the freedom of singlehood and romance. With inspiring stories of colorful women she has interviewed who are boldly seeking new ways of life, Sheehy reveals the story of an intimate revolution taking place under our very noses. As life spans grow longer, women—once free of the exhausting demands of young children and career building—find themselves ready to pursue the passionate life. They embrace their Second Adulthood as a period of reawakening. The Women’s Executive Circle of the UJA-Federation of NY LOVED this speech in February 2015! Read Less ^
As we move toward retirement from daily work, the real work of our Second Adulthood becomes the feeding and crafting of the soul. Where and when do you hear your soul's voice? In nature? In meditation? In offering friendship or care? In nurturing your grandchildren? This is a good time to compose a personal creed. The object is to know what you personally believe in and act upon it. Do you hunger for spiritual reconditioning?
In this exciting presentation, Gail Sheehy will prompt you try new adventures of the spirit (for example, forming a WIT circle—Wisewomen in Training—to share strategies for making tough passages, and finding new transports to joy).
Drawing on her knowledge of world leaders she has followed, as well as innovators in media and technology, Gail Sheehy provides one-of-a-kind insights like: Read More >
Based on her New York Times best-selling memoir, DARING: MY PASSAGES (2014), Gail also popularly lectures about "Women Who Dare," offering a fascinating window into how daring propelled her life beyond fear, and can propel yours too.
"I wanted to thank you again for your time and interest in coming to the Central Coast Bioneers Conference. You touched everyone in the audience greatly and they came up and talked to use the next day about what they learned from you. One woman in her 50s was going in for cancer surgery the very next week and was worried that no family was nearby to care for her. One of our Sunday speakers told us he had been the caregiver for his mother the last five years and it hit him like a brick that he was not alone in his worry and guilt over resentment. I do have one funny story to pass along. Our bookstore had sold 16 of the 20 copies of your book before your lecture and they were worried about running out. The owner sent her helper over to Barnes and Noble to buy all the copies they had so she would have enough!"
"Gail really connected with the audience, and many were touched by her words. She is an excellent storyteller, and the message of her story touches individuals to their core. Afterward at the book signing, she empathized and encouraged each person who wanted to speak with her; she took time to ask about their personal story and was genuinely interested. She then shared her insights and ideas and gave each a message of hope. It was a really excellent day for the Schmieding Center."
"Thank you so much for participating as a featured speaker at Smith Barney’s Women in Transition Luncheon at the PGA National Resort and Spa. Your presentation was highly engaging and left a significant impression on all of our guests. Your personal stories were touching and poignant – everyone in the room was riveted. It was wonderful working with you! On behalf of Smith Barney, I want to thank you again and look forward to collaborating with you on future opportunities."
"On behalf of everyone here at the college, I want to express my sincere appreciation for all that you did to help ensure the success of Gail Sheehy's recent appearance here. We had over 300 people attend and Gail was very pleased with the turnout and the way everything got handled. We sold every last book and had people wanting more. I look forward to working with you again in the near future. Thanks again for your help, support and taking care of all the important details."
"By all indications, our second Mississippi Delta Women’s Leadership Conference, Life in Balance, was a great success with approximately 180 attendees. My congratulation to Ms. Sheehy, because this achievement is attributed to her expertise and creativity of her session, Sex and the Seasoned Woman: Pursuing the Passionate Life. As seen from the enclosed evaluation results, we accomplished our mission to offer highly professional, motivational, and affordable training. The Conference provided unparalleled networking skills’ development through the workshops and panels of recognized speakers. One participant stated, 'This was my first conference, and it won’t be my last. It was an excellent day of speakers, food, meeting new people and very worthwhile.'"
"In a word, spectacular. She spoke three times (twice informally and the one presentation) and each time she articulated the issues and her concerns better. It was a joy and privilege to have her with us last week."
"Ms. Sheehy’s presentation at Temple Sinai last night was outstanding. We have received overwhelmingly positive comments from the audience—their appreciation was palpable at the event itself. Ms. Sheehy was interesting, informative, and more importantly, warm and welcoming. From my end she was a joy to work with."
"We had the pleasure of having best-selling author, journalist, and presenter, Gail Sheehy, as our keynote speaker. I highly recommend her; she is passionate about her mission of providing caregivers with the tools to walk the “caregiver journey” with grace and confidence. She is most informative, a keen observer of human behavior and interactions, humorous, compassionate, and real. In addition, she's an absolute delight to work with; she found ways of relating to every person she met. Our attendees loved Ms. Sheehy and raved about her presentations."
"Gail was extremely well received and we were very proud to have her as our keynote. As you know she is not only smart, classy, and articulate, she's exceptionally engaging and warm. Her message touched our hearts. Most of her books sold [and] during the book signing, she was sensitive and focused on each person. She couldn't have been better."
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