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Samantha Harris

Emmy Winning TV Host, Breast Cancer Survivor, Author, Your Healthiest Healthy

Biography

Media personality and former co-host of Dancing with the Stars and Entertainment Tonight, Emmy-winner Samantha Harris is also an author, certified trainer, cancer survivor and unstoppable optimist. Her stage II invasive breast cancer diagnosis at age 40 inspired a quest for answers about how we can all improve our overall health, prevent chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune disease, and understand their underlying causes. The resulting book, Your Healthiest Healthy: 8 Easy Ways to Take Control, Help Prevent and Fight Cancer, and Live a Longer, Cleaner, Happier Life, translates comprehensive, research-backed knowledge into an easy-to-follow action plan for maximizing health, energy and happiness for life. As a highly motivational speaker, Samantha shares her personal journey from cancer diagnosis to healthiest health with genuine warmth and unflappable positivity. She also blends almost encyclopedic knowledge with insights from doctors and scientists, empowering advice, practical tips and healthy recipes—acting as both cheerleader and guide on a journey toward Your Healthiest Healthy. As actress-producer and breast cancer survivor Rita Wilson has said, “If knowledge is power, then Samantha Harris is Wonder Woman.” Read More >

Samantha co-hosted Dancing with the Stars for eight seasons, garnering two Emmy nominations. She also served for many years as correspondent and weekend anchor on Entertainment Tonight, where she earned two more Emmy nominations and a win. Samantha’s first primetime show that she hosted was FOX’s  ​The Next Joe Millionaire. After DWTS, she hosted NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes. She has also hosted dozens of other national network and syndicated programs, including Gordon Ramsay’s Culinary Genius (FOX stations), The Insider, E! News, and Extra, and appeared as a guest host on Access Hollywood Live, The View, Daily Blast Live, Hollywood Today Live, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and Good Morning America (guest correspondent), among others. She co-hosted the official live red carpet show for the 80th Academy Awards and for the Critics’ Choice Awards as well as made her Broadway debut in 2009 starring as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago.

A certified personal trainer and recognized fitness expert, Samantha has appeared on the cover of numerous health and fitness magazines, including ShapeFirst for Women, Fit ParentMuscle & FitnessHERS (a record four times), Pilates StyleWellness, and Women’s Running. She has also appeared in the pages of many more, including People, USA Today magazine, SELFCloser Weekly, InTouchStar and US Weekly. Dedicated to advancing breast cancer research, Samantha was named Survivor of the Year by Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Los Angeles 2017 and led its 2018 Parade of Promise. She also serves as an ambassador for the American Cancer Society.

Along with her husband, Michael, Samantha founded the online community Gotta Make Lemonade (gottamakelemonade.com) to inspire positivity in the face of adversity. The name of the organization stems from Michael’s hopeful reminder when they were going through her breast cancer diagnosis: “Babe, when life gives you lemons, you gotta make lemonade!” Samantha is the proud mother of two daughters and an honors graduate from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

With an uplifting, vibrant personality, Samantha consistently wins hearts, minds, and rave reviews. Living and championing her passion for health fitness and overall well being every day, she shows how to achieve your healthiest healthy, overcome adversity, and find balance as professional women. Facing challenges with humor, strength, perseverance and passion, Samantha empowers audiences to take control of their health and live their best and healthiest lives. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Samantha Harris March of Dimes

Interview with Samantha Harris on Breast Implants

Be Your Own Health Advocate

Gotta Make Lemonade

Speech Topics

Living Your Healthiest Healthy

Dr. Drew Pinksy loves Samantha Harris’s book Your Healthiest Healthy because it “approaches health from so many angles: biological, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual.” Kris Jenner said, “This book will change your life!” And cancer thriver, actress Christina Applegate notes that it’s “an eye-opening and empowering guide.” In this energizing presentation drawn from her book and personal health and wellness journey as a breast cancer survivor, Emmy-winning journalist Samantha Harris shares real-world strategies to prevent and fight chronic diseases and live your best, healthiest life every day. Combining research-backed advice, insights from doctors and scientists, and her own hacks, tips, recipes and humorously honest practical advice, Samantha provides an achievable action plan. All while inspiring audiences to achieve it. Aimed at survivors, thrivers, and anyone wishing to avoid a diagnosis of chronic disease, Samantha motivates audiences to eat better, work out smarter, reduce toxins, handle health crises, strengthen relationships, boost positivity and build resiliency. As Rita Wilson said, “If knowledge is power, then Samantha Harris is Wonder Woman!”

The Mindfulness of Wellness

We all could use a little more time to breathe…but there never seems like there is enough time in the day to do it!  To be well is to be mindful.  In Samantha's book, Your Healthiest Healthy, she champions positivity, resiliency, happiness and gratiTUDE and provides actionable methods to attain them. How can you find your happy? The answer lies in the little things we do each day. It often starts with having a brighter and more robust ‘tude—gratiTUDE, that is. Audiences will hear personal anecdotes about how Samantha got lost in the dark abyss of fear and sadness through a cancer diagnosis, but pulled her way out through a variety of lifestyle tricks, beginning with positivity and gratitude. Then, she delves into self-care, relationships and more to build resiliency. From techniques to start meditating to choosing a positive path, this prescriptive and actionable presentation leaves audiences with both tangible tools and numerous takeaways.

Surviving Cancer: Be Your Own Health Advocate & Turn Lemons into Lemonade

Young, fit and healthier than ever, Samantha Harris was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at 40. She was told by more than one doctor that the lump she found was “nothing.” Because she never gave up listening to her body and being willing to trust her gut, Samantha saved her own life by being her own advocate. In this honest and emotional keynote, she shares her roller coaster ride as she sought answers and navigated the roadblocks that nearly sidelined her. She inspires and empowers audiences by encouraging them to be their own best health advocate, listen to their own bodies and to never take “no” for an answer, especially when instinct tells them differently. Audiences leave empowered and feeling liberated, knowing that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t define them. Samantha also shares insights and stories from the online community that she founded with her husband to “inspire positivity in the face of adversity,” GottaMakeLemonade.com.

Get YOUR Best Body

Samantha Harris began her career in Hollywood teaching fitness classes, and health and fitness remains her way of life. Drawing from Your Healthiest Healthy, Samantha focuses on fitness and nutrition for any audience wishing to boost health and vitality. She provides newfound methods on ways to stay fit and proven ways to get one’s best body with easy tricks to find time for exercise, maximize your motivation muscle and eat healthfully. Nutrition is a staple for achieving your best body, and Samantha will share small steps that lead to big results, including what toxic ingredients to avoid that may be derailing your current best efforts to be healthy. She’ll also discuss the importance of teaching kids about essentials of exercise and nutritious meal choices with recipe ideas your kids will love. Read More >

Additionally, Harris offers an add-on program for those in attendance that includes the Get Your Best Body Workout (an additional 30 or 45 minutes). Inspired by “Ms. Harris’s Fit Tips,” scheduling logs and nutrition suggestions, your audience will walk away encouraged with ways to make their bodies healthier and stronger. Read Less ^