Best-selling Author, Breast Cancer Survivor, Host of The Nantucket Project & Exactly
A gifted storyteller and talented interviewer, Kelly Corrigan has touched hearts and captured audiences as the author of four consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Tell Me More, 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 “the voice of a generation” by O Magazine, 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 >
TEDTalk: The Value of Reading
A Tribute to Nurses
Parenthood and the Great Adventure
Interview with Katie Couric
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelly Corrigan was happily enjoying the phase of when childhood and parenthood overlapped, “the middle place,” until she discovered that 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.
“Just wanted to relay our team’s gratitude for you kicking-off our Ready to Return conference with such thoughtfulness, vulnerability and wit. It really set the tone for an amazing day of empowerment and inspiration. Your openness and honesty opened the door for our returners and quite frankly – even our own executives and leaders – to let their guards down, be real and stand in their truths. It was a room full of women (and a table of men- haha) that needed to feel validated, respected and told they are worthy of moving past this ‘lane change’ in their lives. You provided so many nuggets of wisdom for these attendees – many of whom were asking about you and commenting on how touched they were by the advice and life experiences you shared. The real goal for us at Visa was to help this talent pool return to work strong and advocate for the removal of workforce gap stigmas. We all LOVED your talk and value who you are a human being. Thank you for all your time and positive energy that flowed into this event. We enjoyed every minute and so did the hundreds of Bay Area returners!”
"Kelly Corrigan! You have made a lovely and lasting impression on my In the Pink (The Woodlands, TX) friends and me! It was two years ago that we first met you, heard your stories, and felt different, better, than we were before we met you. Today was our Annual Luncheon at the big pink Marriott, and you were missed, again. I just wanted to take this moment to tell you that you set the bar so high, and we have never had a speaker again with your warmth, your heart, and your voice! Thank you for treating us to you back then. I hope you and your family are happy, well, and cancer free!"
"Kelly was absolutely fabulous, we have been getting rave reviews! She is such an inspiration to women for all ages and her own daughters will grow to understand what an outstanding person she is and how fortunate they are to have her as a role model. It was a pleasure to meet her and her family, and I am slightly down now that it is all over! I feel as if I have known her for years—that is the type of person she is!"
"Kelly is an amazing individual and I know that every person in the room felt like she was speaking to them. I also know that they walked away from that lunch feeling like they got a little piece of her. She touches people in a way that words can’t describe. Kelly brought happiness, strength, joy, and hope to so many people yesterday. For me, meeting her felt like I had a cheerleader, made a friend, and gained a role model. She is a force that touches one’s soul in a way I have rarely ever seen or experienced, leaving people feeling better for having met her."
"Kelly – I wanted to say thanks again for your great presentation during the Women’s Executive Retreat! Your 'straight from the gut' and totally relatable style complimented your storytelling in a way that really captured our audience. Thanks for hitting the mark so beautifully on the message and the vibe we were going for with the Retreat!"
"Kelly was simply amazing, she had everyone on the edge of their seats for the whole event. What a wonderful gift she is to those who are fortunate enough to hear her speak. Not only is she a talented and gifted speaker, she is a delight to everyone who meets her. I have heard nothing but glowing remarks about last night’s event. We would love to have her back… I think we all could benefit from hearing the wisdom Kelly has to impart on the world."
"Kelly was fantastic! Everyone loved the articulate, humorous, honest, welcoming, witty way that she has about her. Her story resonated with our survivors just as it would. She delivered in spades and we could not be happier. We even had one comment on the evaluations that said, 'I wish I could be Kelly's neighbor!' No doubt she would be a hoot to live next to."
"The ladies loved Kelly’s approachable demeanor and noted her humor time and time again. I know how much her talk meant to many of them! She is the kind of woman who is a beacon of light for others. Kelly has inspired us!"
"Kelly had the room laughing and tearing up all at the same time. She is one of the most engaging and down to earth speakers I have ever encountered. Kelly raised the bar for all our future speakers!"
“Last night was wonderful. She is the only author I know who can read the last chapter of her book and still sell so many copies. I am in awe of Kelly – she had the whole auditorium laughing and crying – more of the former than the latter. She brings humor and grace to the tragic and the ordinary – a talent few people possess. So many people came to the signing table saying they wanted to be, or felt like they were, her friends. It is extraordinary for someone to capture the hearts of her readers on such a deep level. Last night was a great one!”