Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Business Executive
Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive and best-selling author. She co-founded FullSky Partners, a consulting firm focusing on double-bottom line ventures in new media, technology and healthcare services. She is also on several boards: the Board of Overseers at Harvard University, the Board of Directors at BayFirst Financial Corp., based in St. Petersburg, FL, the advisory board of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and at Street Smarts VR, which uses virtual reality to train military police and other first responders. Read More >
Speech at the 2010 Global Dinner
Fox Business News Interview
Half the Sky Book Trailer
TED: Our Century’s Greatest Injustice
Based on their new, critically acclaimed book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, Kristof and WuDunn share a harrowing account and detailed look into the epidemic of depression, unemployment, poverty and addiction that is plaguing the working class across America – and the government's failure to address it. Available to speak separately or together, Nick and Sheryl are passionate about giving a voice to the voiceless and telling the hard truths that need to be told. Known for their moving storytelling and incomparable insights into the events that shape our world, they leave audiences inspired to drive change, take on challenges and make a difference.
Nick Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn’s New York Times bestseller, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope has been called an “absolute must-read for anyone working in the field of healthcare, public policy and public health.” Weaving sobering data about America’s explosion of addiction, chronic disease, and suicide with the moving personal stories of Kristof’s own hometown in rural Oregon and their knowledge of healthcare around the world, the Pulitzer Prize winners provide an unflinching look at the root causes of diseases of despair and America’s declining life expectancy. Their multifaceted solutions champion public health approaches that include greater access to healthcare, understanding the social determinants of health, childhood education, addiction treatment vs. incarceration and addressing the connection between adverse childhood episodes and chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Appearing individually or together, they place human faces on the impact of approaches and policies, providing a hopeful way forward from a crisis of the vulnerable to greater equity, access and health.
Equal in urgency and compassion to Half the Sky, this stirring speech by WuDunn is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a deep examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the myriad ways we can support them. Read More >
With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, WuDunn investigates the art and science of giving by determining the current most successful local and global aid initiatives, evaluating the efficiency and impact of specific approaches and charities, as well as fund-raising. She offers practical advice to audiences on how best each of us can give and what we can personally derive from doing so. Read Less ^
Co-author of the best-selling book China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power and former foreign correspondent in Beijing for The New York Times, WuDunn has three decades of experience as a reporter, editor and business executive engaging with China at a high level. Read More >
In her current role at Piedmont Partners Group Ventures and Mid-Market Securities, she has followed the Chinese economy, investment climate and business opportunities and also worked with US-based companies that have done business or expanded into China in areas such as investment management, technology, telecom and new media. Most recently, WuDunn has been sourcing test kits, masks, gowns and other PPE to address the COVID-19 pandemic and seeing how China has been handling the pandemic there.
China used to be considered a copycat country, but it has been gaining in innovation. And how long will its population accept rising incomes but no meaningful ballots? Can the Chinese model continue indefinitely at home as the middle class grows? China’s political legitimacy rests on economic growth, so what are the prospects for interplay between China’s economic growth and its political climate?
In speaking about China, she uses storytelling as a way to communicate issues, challenges and developments about the country. Most business executives aren’t professional storytellers and most journalists don’t invest or do business with China, but WuDunn offers unique insights on the China challenge. Read Less ^
“The Zonta Talk with you was a real highlight of this biennium. I'm most grateful that we could get together virtually. We had almost 300 attendants. The immediate feedback we received was enthusiastic. In addition…it is wonderful to see how you use your energy, experience and skills to raise awareness for some of the most important issues we are dealing with today, and to show ways to act on them.”
"Sheryl WuDunn was absolutely phenomenal and her message during the event was tied into a very powerful voice to take action and awareness of the importance of the development and empowerment of women as well as the business relevance globally. This is a very important topic to our company and one that many associates are inspired to take action on. We have received a LOT of great feedback regarding Sheryl's presence and presentation at the event. We are also excited to report that we had a record participation and attendance from all of our regional, NWA offices, and international offices."
"We are getting nothing but rave reviews for yesterday’s luncheon. Overall Sheryl was terrific, very easy to work with, and very willing to do whatever we asked of her (she graciously did a couple of press interviews that I wasn’t even aware were going to happen until the last minute). I very much appreciate her good-natured cooperation."
"Every person should own this book…every woman you know should absolutely have a copy of this book…Until I read this book, I had the overwhelming sense that nothing would change…The most incredible story I’ve ever heard."
"On behalf of the Women’s Opportunity Network (WON) and Opportunity International, we thank you for your participation in our Fall Microfinance Conference and for your gracious acceptance of our annual International Women’s Leadership Award. We are thrilled to see the Half the Sky movement gaining momentum in support of justice and economic empowerment for women in the developing world. As you may have noted, our “Case for Support: Why Women? Why Opportunity? Why Now?” prospectus highlights your findings on the impact of microfinance and education on women and girls. Your book was chosen earlier this year as our organization-wide book club selection, leading to many insight-filled discussions and blogposts, and increased awareness by our staff and supporters on the situation of women in our world. Once again, many thanks for the time you spent to educate and inspire our supporters at the Fall Microfinance Conference."
"Thank you so much for speaking out our Top 10 College Women Luncheon. Your inspirational anecdotes and advice resonated with our winners – who were delighted to meet you – and with everyone else in the room. I am such a fan of your work and your message about the importance of education for girls across the globe in Half the Sky. As a huge supporter of the book, it was especially thrilling to hear you speak about your experiences. Many Thanks."
"We had a great time during Sheryl’s visit! We appreciated her willingness to be interviewed on Utah Public Radio, and her personable interactions with students, faculty, and community. The campus loved her presentation; it did what we wanted it to do. One of the many things we appreciated was how approachable and warm she is. Our students were absolutely enchanted. Two of our students participated in her public radio interview and several came to dinner that evening. They were thrilled with the opportunity to talk to her and commented over and over that she felt like their new best friend!"
"It was a wonderfully successful event! We had one of the largest crowds we have ever had for this annual lecture series, around 300 people. We made programs for 200, so this far exceeded what we hoped for. Ms. WuDunn is a great speaker, with a very clear presentation. She was also such a gracious guest. But what really impressed me with her stay her was her interactions with students. Those of us who attended the afternoon seminar with students were so impressed with her conversation with them. For me, though, what most struck me was that at the end of her big lecture, where students were only about 1/3 of the total audience, most of the questions came from students. This tells me that students were engaged by what she said and felt engaged and empowered enough to ask questions. While that might not be so surprising for those of you in New York, I can tell you that this is not the usual demeanor of Minnesota students! So I was quite pleased that she made such a profound connection with our students."
"You gave a wonderful presentation last night. I am inspired by your example as a leader, mother, and advocate and was thrilled to be able to hear more of your perspectives. Every story you tell raises awareness and transforms hearts and institutions."
"Sheryl was really well received by the attendees and I heard a lot of really great feedback about her keynote. She received a standing ovation yesterday, and the anecdotal thus far has been overwhelmingly positive. Thanks so much your engagement and partnership in securing Sheryl for our event."
"Sheryl was amazing! The women loved her and she gave a very engaging presentation. Sheryl showed a great interest in the subject matter, authentically engaged the women after the talk, and I really believe advanced the thinking of our audience. Everything went very well. She is a dynamic speaker!"
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