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BRUCE FEILER is one of America’s most thoughtful voices on contemporary life. He is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers, including LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS, THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES, and COUNCIL OF DADS. His three TED Talks have been viewed more than four million times, and he teaches the TED Course HOW TO MASTER LIFE TRANSITIONS. His latest book, THE SEARCH: Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-Career World (May 2023), is a bold new roadmap for finding meaning and purpose at work, based on insights drawn from hundreds of life stories of all vocations and backgrounds.

BRUCE FEILER is one of America’s most thoughtful voices on contemporary life. He is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers, including LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS, THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES, and COUNCIL OF DADS. His three TED Talks have been viewed more than four million times, and he teaches the TED Course HOW TO MASTER LIFE TRANSITIONS. His latest book, THE SEARCH: Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-Career World (May 2023), is a bold new roadmap for finding meaning and purpose at work, based on insights drawn from hundreds of life stories of all vocations and backgrounds.

Employing a firsthand approach to his work, Bruce is known for living the experiences he writes about. His work combines timeless wisdom with timely knowledge to encourage people to live with more meaning, passion, and joy. LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS describes his journey across America, collecting hundreds of life stories, exploring how we can navigate life’s growing number of life transitions with purpose and skill. “One of those books that’s so profoundly aligned with the zeitgeist that you end up underlining the whole book,” Arianna Huffington wrote in Thrive Global. “Bruce Feiler is the perfect person to lead us on this journey.” The book was a Top 10 New York Times bestseller.

For two decades, Bruce has explored the intersection of families, relationships, health, and happiness. His book THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES collects best practices from some of the country’s most creative minds. The book was featured on World News, GMA, and TODAY and excerpted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Parade. THE COUNCIL OF DADS describes how, faced with one of life’s greatest challenges, he asked six friends to support his young daughters. The book was profiled in PEOPLE, USA Today, and Time, and became a CNN documentary hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and an NBC drama series.

Since 2001, Bruce has been one of the country’s preeminent thinkers about the role of spirituality in contemporary life. WALKING THE BIBLE describes his 10,000-mile journey retracing the Five Books of Moses through the desert. (“An instant classic,” Washington Post). The book spent a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into fifteen languages.

ABRAHAM recounts his search for the shared ancestor of the monotheistic religions. (“Exquisitely written,” Boston Globe). WHERE GOD WAS BORN describes his trek visiting biblical sites throughout Israel, Iraq, and Iran. (“Bruce Feiler is a real-life Indiana Jones,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution). AMERICA’S PROPHET is the groundbreaking story of the influence of Moses on American history. THE FIRST LOVE STORY is a journey across four continents exploring how Adam and Eve shaped our deepest feelings about relationships. (“A miraculous thing—the literary equivalent of breathing new life into a figure of clay,” New York Times Book Review; Feiler’s best work yet,” Publishers Weekly).

Bruce is the writer/presenter of two prime-time series on PBS: WALKING THE BIBLE (“Beguiling,” Wall Street Journal) and SACRED JOURNEYS WITH BRUCE FEILER, in which he retraces pilgrimages in France, India, Japan, Israel, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia. (Feiler is the perfect guide,” Newsday).

A longtime contributor to New York Times, Bruce now writes the popular newsletter THE NONLINEAR LIFE. He has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and Gourmet, where he won three James Beard Awards. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television. A former circus clown, he has been the subject of a Jay Leno joke and a JEOPARDY! question, and his face appears on a postage stamp in the Grenadines.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bruce lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Linda Rottenberg, and their identical twin daughters.

  • THE SECRET TO MASTERING LIFE'S BIGGEST TRANSITIONS: Tools and Takeaways for Navigating Uncertain Times

    Now a popular TED Talk with 2 million views! Drawing on the groundbreaking revelations in LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS, Bruce Feiler presents a timely new roadmap for how to transform and reinvent ourselves in times of transition to live with more meaning, purpose, and joy. Feiler has spent seven years collecting and analyzing life stories from hundreds of Americans who underwent enormous life changes. Mining this rich wellspring of data and stories, Feiler explores the greatest emotions we struggle in times of change, the biggest roadblocks to reinventions, the habits we most need to shed, the secrets to being creative in moments of uncertainty. With extraordinary insight and urgency, Feiler shares a groundbreaking toolkit for flourishing in periods of upheaval and the first new model for navigating life transitions in half a century.
  • THE POWER OF STORY: Harnessing the Art and Science of Storytelling to Connect, Persuade, and Thrive


    From the bestselling author of Life Is in the Transitions comes a bold new road map for finding meaning and purpose at work, based on insights drawn from hundreds of life stories of Americans from all backgrounds and vocations. This presentation takes Feiler’s idea of the “nonlinear life” and applies it to the future of work. From thousands of hours of interviews with an extraordinarily diverse group of Americans, Feiler reveals a powerful new vision for how to think about work. He shows that our lives are upended by a stream of “workquakes” on average every two and a half years. Sure, some people set a goal and stick with it, but far more of us revise our passions, change our directions, and rethink our priorities. After dismantling the three lies about work, Feiler lays out the one truth: that each of us must write our own story. Showing that the people who are happiest at work don’t climb, they dig, Feiler introduces the six questions to ask in a workquake that allow us to perform a “meaning audit,” tapping into our truest selves and our deepest hopes to create the meaning we crave and the success we deserve.
  • THE NEW RULES OF SUCCESS: How Leaders and Organizations Can Adapt and Thrive with More Meaning-Centered Workers

    Drawing on insights from his most-recent book, THE SEARCH: Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-Career World, as well as 20 years of research on happiness, purpose, and changing social dynamics, Bruce Feiler discusses how leaders can adapt to the rapidly changing attitudes toward work and success among younger generations of workers. Gone are the days when managers can simply issue top-down edicts and ignore the input of their workers. But what do workers want? Feiler’s groundbreaking research, featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Harvard Business Review, among others, dismantles the three lies about work and replaces them with the one truth. This timely, practical presentation offers a new framework for work in a post-Covid, post-career world and road map for leaders and workers to work together to create a more inclusive, more balanced, and ultimately more successful work culture.
  • THE SEARCH: Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-Career World

    Drawing on insights from his most-recent book, THE SEARCH: Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-Career World, as well as 20 years of research on happiness, purpose, and changing social dynamics, Bruce Feiler discusses how leaders can adapt to the rapidly changing attitudes toward work and success among younger generations of workers. Gone are the days when managers can simply issue top-down edicts and ignore the input of their workers. But what do workers want? Feiler’s groundbreaking research, featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Harvard Business Review, among others, dismantles the three lies about work and replaces them with the one truth. This timely, practical presentation offers a new framework for work in a post-Covid, post-career world and road map for leaders and workers to work together to create a more inclusive, more balanced, and ultimately more successful work culture.
  • THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES: How High-Functioning Families Adapt, Talk, Play, and Thrive


    As seen on GMA, TODAY, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and his popular TED Talk, Bruce Feiler delivers a lively, practical talk designed to help busy families contend with the issues they struggle with most: discipline, dinner, difficult conversations, out-of-control mornings, challenging bedtimes, technology showdowns, and sibling rivalry. Combining up-to-the minute research, personal experience, and proven know-how from more than fifteen years of research, two bestselling books, and 100 New York Times columns, Feiler offers and easy-to-implement blueprint of what high-functioning families have in common and helps audience members identify the specific takeaways that can make their family—and everyone in their family—happier.
  • 12 TRENDS RESHAPING THE FAMILY: How Millennial Parents, Digital Kids, Overworked Moms, and Active Dads Are Changing How Families Shop, Spend, and Connect


    Drawing on fifteen years of proprietary research, two bestselling books, and 100 New York Times columns, Bruce Feiler explodes outdated ideas about the family and reveals how working moms, diaper dads, and 24/7 technology are remaking the American home, posing an urgent threat to brands, and presenting an unrivaled opportunity for nimble companies to reach millions of new customers. With his patented mix of in-depth data, careful analysis, and handson research, Feiler discusses how changing demographics [he coined the term parennials in the NYT]; flexible jobs, online shopping, and increased stress; and outlines the possibilities for businesses to help harried families improve their lives.
  • The Power of Community: How to Survive and Thrive in Difficult Times


    The Council of Dads: The worldwide phenomenon that went from a life-threatening illness to a bestselling book to an NBC primetime drama series. Faced with one of life’s greatest challenges, Bruce Feiler reached out to six men who helped shape him and asked each one for a piece of advice for his young daughters: how to live, how to travel, how to question, how to dream. In this funny, moving presentation, Feiler relates the lessons he learned about the power of friendship, the importance of relying on our community whatever challenges we face, and how to celebrate what’s most precious in our lives.

Using Rituals To Navigate Times Of Turmoil: Bruce Feiler NPR Interview

Spring is a time for new beginnings in both the spiritual and natural sense. But this year, many Americans are transitioning to an entirely new reality amid the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing, isolation and ... Read more

by WBUR.org

Bruce Feiler in LA Times

Twelve years ago, in a moment of deep personal crisis, I came up with an idea of how my family might get through a life-threatening ordeal. This week, in a moment of deep national crisis, that idea is coming to ... Read more

by LA Times

Virtual: Most Popular Topics + Speakers

Like many industries, live events are pivoting to the virtual stage. In keeping with this, Gotham has partnered with a dynamic group of speakers in order to bring you the best possible virtual content whether it be ... Read more

by Gotham Artists

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