Award-Winning Journalist, Author, Public Speaker, and Vocalist

Celeste Headlee Speaking Fee: $30,000 to $50,000

Speaking Fee:
$30,000 to $50,000

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DCA - Washington, DC

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Celeste Headlee At A Glance:

As an NPR host and journalist, Celeste Headlee has interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life. Through her work, she has learned the true power of conversation and its ability to both bridge gaps or deepen wounds. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In her insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. "Go out, talk to people, listen to people," she says. "And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed."

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist and radio host, professional speaker and author of bestselling book We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter. Her TEDx Talk, 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation, has been viewed over 21 million times. Close to 50,000 talks have been given at 10,000 events since the TED program launched in 2009. Celeste’s talk is one of the 10 most-watched talks posted on TED’s homepage.

In her 20-year career in public radio, Celeste has been the Executive Producer of On Second Thought at Georgia Public Radio and anchored programs including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All 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. As an NPR host and journalist, Celeste has interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life. Through her work, she has learned the true power of conversation and its ability to both bridge gaps or deepen wounds. In a time when conversations are often minimized to a few words in a text message and lack of meaningful communication and dialogue abounds, Celeste sheds a much-needed light on the lost and essential art of conversation.

Celeste is a communication and human nature expert, reclaiming common humanity and finding well- being. She frequently provides insight and commentary on what is good for all humans and what is bad for us, focusing on the best research in neuro and social science to increase understanding of how we relate with one another and can work together in beneficial ways in our workplaces, neighborhoods, communities and homes. As a mixed-race journalist of black and Jewish descent, Celeste also speaks candidly about how to converse on race and other difficult subjects. People respond to Celeste because she connects the dots, explaining the “why” of our behavior in clear terms and providing actionable strategies for doing things differently.

Celeste serves as an advisory board member for as well as the Listen First Project / National Conversation Project. As a Changemaker Award recipient, Celeste can be heard co-hosting season three of Duke University’s Scene on Radio podcast – MEN and this fall will co-host the PBS weekly series Retro Report, a show examining how today’s top stories connect with the past. Celeste’s work and insights have been featured on TODAY, NPR, Time, Cosmopolitan, Essence, Elle, BuzzFeed, Wired, Inc., The Knowledge Project, and many more.

In the course of her career, she’s interviewed thousands of people from all walks of life and learned that sparking a great conversation is really a matter of a few simple habits that anyone can learn.

— Inc. Magazine

The event went as expected and the attendees enjoyed Celeste very much.  The team’s response and comments afterward were that they really enjoyed her speaking to our group.

— Chobani

In a time when there seems to be an abundance of talking at rather than talking with, Headlee emphasizes the importance of having real conversations with people on all sides of every equation.

— Atlanta Magazine

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