Courtney E. Martin - Author / Speaker / Blogger
Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive DO IT ANYWAY: The New Generation of Activists Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream
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Each year, Courtney gives a dozen or so keynote speeches for audiences across the country on topics related to her writing, most commonly on reinventing the American Dream and/or the calling and complexities of activism. See samples here.

She also loves interviewing people and facilitating panels, which she has done for the Obama Summit, The Aspen Ideas Festival, 99U, and City Arts & Lectures, among others conferences. Check out her interview with Zadie Smith and Yaa Gyasi here.

Courtney also facilitates workshops on the power of storytelling, including how to write effective op-eds, give powerful talks etc. She most often does this for fellowship programs that are focused on fostering the voices of women and people of color, in particular.

Select past venues have included TED, PopTech!, The Omega Institute, The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, Harvard University, Princeton University, Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Texas Christian University, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, The Alice Paul Institute, The Roosevelt Institution, The Journalism & Women’s Symposium, and The 92nd Street Y-Makor and 92Y Tribeca.

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“Rather than telling a lecture hall full of people what they already knew, Courtney made her work relevant to our campus and everyone in the room. Weeks later, people are still talking and the effects of her visit can be heard in classrooms, club meetings, and in dialogues between students and faculty.”
Carly Goldstein, Skidmore student

“Courtney speaks with prophetic wisdom, candor, and power about issues many of us feel burdened by but have not yet ‘languaged.’ She is a brilliant speaker, who can challenge deeply held and unexamined assumptions about the meaning of success, beauty, and wealth.”
Selena Sermeno, PhD, Ambassadorial Chair, United World College-USA Bartos Institute


May 7, 2019
City Arts & Lectures interview with Anand Girdharadas
San Francisco, CA

May 9, 2019
99U interview with Tim Brown
Lincoln Center, New York, NY

May 30-June 2, 2019
keynote address for the Cohousing Association of America annual conference
Portland, OR

June 19-23, 2019
Aspen Institute's Spotlight Health Conference
Aspen, CO

December 5, 2019
End Well
San Francisco, CA

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