Celeste Headlee

2017 Speaker

CELESTE HEADLEE is an award-winning journalist, public speaker and author of the book We Need To Talk – How To Have Conversations That Matter (Harper Wave).  Headlee is the executive producer and host of On Second Thought at Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta.  A former host at National Public Radio, she anchored shows 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, 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.  In a time when conversations are often minimized to a few words in a text message and lack of meaningful communication and conversation abounds, Headlee sheds a much-needed light on the lost and essential art of conversation. Her TEDx talk sharing ten ways to have a better conversation was listed as one of the most watched TED Talks in 2016 by CNBC and named the number one must-watch TED talk by Glassdoor with 12.5 million total views to date. @celesteheadlee

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