Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, An American Original
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2020 –A New Vision for Women
The year 2020 will mark two momentous landmarks in the experience of American women: the 100th anniversary of woman’s right to vote, and a presidential election that is likely to hang on the use of that vote.

Goodman will celebrate and connect both of these events in an engaging and memorable talk dedicated to passing the torch to a young and diverse generation.

“Women who have been through a half a century of change can pass along to our daughters and granddaughters a belief in the ability to change the country through collective and political action.. The belief that we can do it. Again.”

A Civil Tongue.
Longtime journalist, Ellen traces how civility was shattered, who is winning and who is losing in the media mud wrestling. She shows how incivility is tearing us apart and how to call a truce.

"Civility means that we need to be able to talk about things we disagree about, leave our minds and ears open and stay in the same room with the people we disagree with.”

Feminism 2.0
We have seen a generation of change in women’s lives. Ellen has been there, done that and talks about: How far have we come? Where are we stuck? What’s next?

“I don't think women will ever feel that we’ve achieved equality or become leaders in our own terms until we achieve equality for the values of empathy but also caregiving, family life, community that we were assigned and have held high. We want to make it for our selves AND for our values”.

The Longevity Revolution: Our Third Act
The generation of social change agents is now embarked on something new: the Longevity Revolution. The new elders are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 a day. Ellen asks: How will these new seniors find meaning in their Third Act? How does this generation rewrite the script on senior citizenship for themselves and the country?

Older Americans are too often seen as “the problem,” the grey tsunami, part of the generational conflict. When in fact we can be the problem solvers.”

Have You Had the Conversation?
A full 90 percent of Americans believe that it’s important to talk about their wishes for end of life care, how they really want to live to the end of their lives. Yet only 30 percent have actually had this conversation. As founder of The Conversation Project and a daughter who lived this story, Ellen makes this a rich and comfortable subject.

“The conversation about end of life care is not about what’s the matter with us, but what matters to us. Having these conversations is a gift we give our loved ones."

Why Book Ellen Goodman?

  • As a trailblazer and an American original, Ellen Goodman brings her trademark intellect, wit, and compassion to audiences across the country.

  • Ellen has witnessed and been a part of the stunning ways families, women lives, the media and values have been transformed over the turbulent past generation. For over 30 years, the Pulitzer prize winner was the most widely progressive columnist in the country.

  • She’s also been featured as an expert on women’s issues, politics, the longevity revolution and on end-of-life care. She’s been seen and heard on television, on her Ted Talk, on ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer, Greater Boston with Emily Rooney, NPR’s Morning Edition and Here & Now, PBS News Hour, TIME magazine.com , USA Today, the Washington Post, Woman’s Day and many others.
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    Ellen Goodman has been hailed as an American original. As a trailblazer and powerful voice for women, she has spent most of her life chronicling social change and its impact on American life. A Pulitzer prize winning columnist, she was one of the first women to open up the oped pages to women’s voices and became, according to Media Watch, the most widely syndicated progressive columnist in the country.

    Ellen began her career as a researcher for Newsweek magazine in the days when only men wrote for the newsweekly. After two yeas, she became a reporter for the Detroit Free Press and then The Boston Globe where she began writing her column. The column was syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group. She wrote her twice-weekly column until 2010 appearing in over 400 newspapers.

    In 1980 She won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary. She has written seven books including the New York Times best seller with Patricia O’Brien, “You Know Just What I Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women’s Lives.” Ellen also won many other honors, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award and the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

    She was honored with the President’s Award by the National Women’s Political Caucus and was also presented the American Woman Award by the Women’s Research & Education Institute. In 2008, she won the Ernie Pyle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Society of Newspaper columnists.

    In 2010, Ellen co-founded The Conversation Project, a public engagement campaign and a movement, that works to change the way people talk about, and prepare for their end-of-life care. As a social entrepreneur she was also awarded as an Ashoka Fellow and a Prime Mover for her work solving social problems.

    Ellen also serves on the board of Encore.org, a movement to transform the narrative around aging and encourage elders to use their passions, skills and decades of experience to make a difference in our communities and the world.

    A cum laude graduate of Radcliffe College, Goodman returned to Harvard as a Nieman Fellow, where she studied the dynamics of social change, and again as a Shorenstein Fellow.

    Ellen has a daughter, stepdaughter, two grandchildren and lives with her husband, Robert Levey in Boston.

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