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Kelly  Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan

Best-selling Author, Breast Cancer Survivor, Host of Exactly

Biography

A gifted storyteller and talented interviewer, Kelly Corrigan has touched hearts and captured audiences as the author of back-to-back-to back New York Times bestselling books, including Glitter and Glue, and The Middle Place, her poignant personal story of battling breast cancer while caring for her father who was also undergoing cancer treatment. She has been called “the Poet Laureate of the ordinary” by Huffington Post, and lauded by everyone from Lena Dunham to Imbolo Mbue. Corrigan strikes on unusual balance on stage between David Sedaris-funny and Brene Brown-authentic. Her work with The Nantucket Project leading conversations about what matters most has taken her point of view to new levels. Forever after what she calls “the thing behind the thing,” Corrigan seeks to understand the matters of the world in all their natural complexity. Read More >

As a speaker, she is known for customizing presentations and making audience members feel as though she is speaking directly to them. By connecting through the universal bonds of family, friendships, life journeys and overcoming obstacles and challenges, Kelly inspires others and empowers them to overcome and make the best of any situation or challenge.

Kelly is currently the host of Exactly, a podcast on KQED, the most listened-to public radio station in the country. Described as a combination of the brainy ideas of TED, the satiric, informative wit of The Daily Show and the low-key, friendly probing of NPR’s Terry Gross, Kelly asks “the smartest people writing today the biggest questions you can think of” with her wit-laced, conversational style. Guests have included B.J. Novak, Jason Segel, Margaret Atwood, John Cleese and other notables discussing topics ranging from the origins of creativity to the power of forgiveness. She is also an accomplished columnist, appearing in O, The Oprah Winfrey MagazineGlamour and Good Housekeeping, and a dedicated volunteer and education activist.

Constantly noted as one of the best storytellers around, Kelly connects audiences in a very intimate and empowering way. Described as touching, heartwarming and empathetic, Kelly is just as likely to be called cool, funny, smart and irresistibly authentic. Her moving words elevate the experiences of everyday life and uplift our darkest moments with humor, humanity and unforgettable eloquence. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDTalk: The Value of Reading

Tribute to Nurses

Thoughts on Parenthood and the Great Adventure

Interview with Katie Couric and NBC

Speech Topics

Caregiving

“Caregiving” is a heavy term that tugs on us emotionally, yet is so misunderstood by so many. At some time in our lives, we will all be impacted by the illness or aging of someone close to us. Speaker Kelly Corrigan has experienced caregiving in an intensely personal way and uses the lessons she learned to provide healthcare professionals and family members alike with specific strategies for effective and meaningful caretaking. Through poignant stories of her own fight with Stage III cancer, her father’s three bouts of cancer, and her daughter’s meningitis, Corrigan discusses common caregiving issues and provides strategies honed from experience. She addresses such issues as how to work with various family members in coordinating care and managing finances, insurance coverage, and long-term care, as well as how to balance your own life while managing the care of another. Corrigan’s strong belief is that crisis can bring our most important relationships into focus and allow us to live up to our promises to each other. Although she has made every mistake a caretaker can, today she is a wiser and better caregiver because of those periods of crisis.

Glitter & Glue

Kelly Corrigan’s mother often describes their family as: “Your father’s the glitter, but I’m the glue.”  In this presentation based on her new memoir Glitter and Glue, Corrigan examines why we choose the people we admire and how that changes over time. She takes a look at the bond between mothers and daughters – sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine, but always loving. In this heartfelt speech, she will strip away the complexities and emotionally connect who we are, men and women alike, with who our parents are and how this history continues to shape us. One of the best storytellers you will hear in your lifetime, Corrigan will take your audience on a moving and humorous journey on finding role models through personal growth.

Philanthropy

Kelly Corrigan spends a good part of every week volunteering and has found that the buzz that comes from solving complex problems and being useful is her most reliable source of energy and self esteem. She has learned, through many years of trial and error in nonprofits, how to give in ways that are meaningful and satisfying. This talk on civic involvement includes her guide for finding important work, the value of participation, and the rewards of deep community involvement that leverages each of our talents and gifts. Her passionate belief in philanthropy and volunteerism in closely tied to her clear sense of what creates happiness.

Children’s Health

Kelly Corrigan's volunteer involvement with Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland includes securing a $1 million endowment, creating a 2,000-person annual event, and recruiting hundreds of volunteers for the hospital. She sees Children's Health as a public-private partnership that works best when local communities join health organizations to care for children, both in the hospital and out. Her experience has shown her that when individual commitment is high, solutions can be found, even in the most difficult circumstances. She believes strongly in philanthropy and volunteerism as a means to personal happiness and self esteem. Her messages motivate audiences to find the very best way to support their local children's health leaders.

The Middle Place

Loving Someone Through Cancer

Lift: Thoughts on Children in Story & Song (A Multimedia Presentation)