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Kelly  Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan

Best-Selling Author, Breast Cancer Survivor, Host of the PBS series Tell Me More With Kelly Corrigan

Biography

Kelly Corrigan may not be in school anymore, but that hasn’t stopped her from being a student for life. This successful journalist, gifted storyteller and bestselling author, who’s always had a strong interest in culture, caregiving and matters of society, has spent hundreds of hours interviewing some of the top change-makers in the world. She’s taken these lessons to heart — and to audiences across the country. Read More >

Constantly noted as one of the best storytellers around, Corrigan connects in a very intimate and empowering way. Described as touching, heartwarming and empathetic, Corrigan is just as likely to be called cool, funny, smart and irresistibly authentic. Her inspirational words elevate the experiences of everyday life and uplift our darkest moments with humor, humanity and unforgettable eloquence. And Corrigan has had plenty of adversity of her own. In 2004, she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Her children were both still in diapers at the time. Three months after her diagnosis, she learned her father had late-stage cancer. From undergoing her own treatments, while ensuring that her father received proper care, Corrigan learned how anyone can make a difference and motivates audiences to do the same.

Not surprising for someone who connects with everyone she interviews. Corrigan is the host of PBS’ Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan. On the series, which launched its second season in the fall, she talks with 10 influential leaders in their field who are deeply committed to making things better, she says. These insightful conversations educate and entertain as guests reflect on their lives and the impact they have on their worlds. Interviewees include artists, activists, philanthropists and even the coach of her favorite NBA team. Melinda Gates, David Byrne and Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr have all stopped by her studio, along with civil rights icon Delores Huerta and Dr. Atul Gawande to name a few of her guests.

But that’s just the start. Corrigan also hosts her own podcast Kelly Corrigan Wonders, which she describes as a “place for people who like to laugh while they think.” On the podcast, she tackles a different question every month in a series of weekly conversations with some of her favorite thinkers. More lessons learned.

In addition to her TV series and podcast, Corrigan is the author of four New York Times bestselling memoirs, including Tell Me More, Glitter and Glue, The Middle Place and Lift. Her writings earned her the title of “The Poet Laureate of the ordinary” from Huffington Post and the “voice of a generation” from O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine.

In the spring of 2021, she published her first children’s book, Hello World, and is in the process of writing another one. She is also an accomplished columnist, appearing in O Magazine, Glamour and Good Housekeeping, and a dedicated volunteer and activist for healthcare and its specific impact on low-income children. Read Less ^

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Speech Topics

Tell Me More: Inspirational Lessons for Women

Once described as “the sister/mother/best friend we all wish we could have,” Kelly Corrigan is the ideal inspirational speaker for women’s groups. In this unforgettable keynote, she draws from her New York Times bestseller, Tell Me More to examine the words and phrases that make love and connection possible. Sharing moving, meaningful and frequently humorous stories along the way, Kelly explores subjects ranging from life with a preoccupied husband and two mercurial teenage daughters to profound observations on love and loss. Known for connecting with audiences in a very intimate and empowering way, she helps women find the right words at the right moment to change everything.

Self-Care for Healthcare Professionals

With the rise of COVID, doctors and nurses are being tested like never before. And they are paying the price with their mental health. According to a survey by Mental Health America, 93% of health care workers are experiencing stress, 76% reported exhaustion and burnout, and 75% said they were overwhelmed. Add to that, more than three-quarters are worried about exposing loved ones to this deadly disease. Our caregivers desperately need self-care. Kelly Corrigan knows what that’s all about. In this talk, Corrigan, who has experienced caregiving in an intensely personal way, uses the lessons she learned to provide healthcare professionals with specific strategies for effective and meaningful self-care. Through poignant stories of her own fight with Stage III cancer and skin cancer, her father’s three bouts of cancer, and her daughter’s meningitis, Corrigan discusses common caregiving issues and provides strategies honed from experience.

Understanding 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. 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 and melanoma, 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.

Breast Cancer: Surviving, Thriving, Inspiring

Kelly Corrigan was happily enjoying the phase when childhood and parenthood overlapped, “the middle place,” until she discovered she had breast cancer. Then, almost simultaneously, her father was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. In this keynote, Corrigan shares her inspiring coming-of-age story, and illustrates the importance of love, family and growth. Corrigan also discusses her experiences with battling cancer, from undergoing her own treatments, while ensuring that her father received proper care. Her message is one that we can all find relatable; the power of a support system in times of need.

Glitter & Glue: The Family Ties That Bind Us Together

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 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.

The Power of Giving Back: Philanthropy & Volunteerism

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 is closely tied to her clear sense of what creates happiness.

Hello World: Inspiration for Graduations, Convocations & Beyond

It’s not all the places that you go in your life but the people you meet along the way that matter most. Drawing from her book, Hello World, Kelly Corrigan celebrates the meaningful human connections that make us smarter, stronger and more amazing than we ever thought possible. The best way to accomplish this? Ask each other questions. With her trademark inspirational wisdom, irresistible storytelling and talent for uplifting audiences, Corrigan delivers one of the most memorable commencement or convocation speeches you’ll experience –perfect for anyone about to embark on a new adventure.

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Throughout her career as a journalist and interviewer extraordinaire, Kelly Corrigan has spent hundreds of hours talking with some of the most successful people in their fields in the world. With her trademark inspirational wisdom, Corrigan shares the remarkable lessons she’s learned that are relevant to all of us. The reason people succeed, she says, is because of the culture they’re in, whether at work, school or at home. If it’s one that’s empowering, anyone can be motivated to do their best. Corrigan will share stories from some of the top changemakers she’s had conversations with, from Philanthropist Melinda Gates to Dr. Atul Gawande, whose checklist manifesto is being successfully used around the world, to civil rights icon Delores Huerta. She also includes the five simple rules that can be used to create change. If you want to make a difference, this is the talk for you.

Tell Me More Corporate: 12 Powerful Phrases Every Leader Needs to Say

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way businesses do business. And relationships between everyone, from leaders to employees to customers to suppliers is more important now more than ever. In this unforgettable keynote, Kelly Corrigan draws from her New York Times bestseller, Tell Me More to examine the words and phrases that make connection possible — even in the corporate world. Sharing moving, meaningful and frequently humorous stories along the way, Corrigan helps leaders find the right words at the right moment to change everything.