Celeste Headlee

2021 Speaker
Celeste Headlee

MASTER of CEREMONIES, CELESTE HEADLEE is a communication and human nature expert, an internationally recognized journalist and radio host, professional speaker, and author of bestselling book We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter and her latest, Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving. Her TEDx Talk, 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation, has been viewed over twenty-three million times. Headlee’s talk is one of the ten most-watched talks posted on TED’s homepage. In her twenty year career in public radio, she has been the Executive Producer of On Second Thought at Georgia Public Radio and anchored programs including Tell Me MoreTalk of the NationAll Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She also served as co-host of the national morning news show, The Takeaway, from PRI and WNYC, and anchored presidential coverage in 2012 for PBS World Channel. She’s a regular guest host on NPR and American Public Media and the host of the series Retro Report on PBS. Celeste is a member of Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global Thought Leader group, a select group of role models writing for Thrive. She serves as an advisory board member for ProCon.org and The Listen First Project and received the 2019 Media Changemaker Award. As a mixed-race journalist of black and Jewish descent, Headlee also speaks candidly about how to converse on race and other difficult subjects. People respond to her because she connects the dots, explaining the “why” of our behavior in clear terms and providing actionable strategies for doing things differently. @celesteheadlee


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