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
Twitter Facebook


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.

To book her, please email

What others have said:

“Courtney’s disarming conversational style encourages whoever she’s in dialogue with to cut through jargon and explain what’s at the heart. She has just the right mix of warmth and strength, which makes for the most fascinating and entertaining conversations.”
-Chris Hughes, co-founder of the Economic Security Project

“With refreshing candor and incisive insight, Courtney is consistently rated among our top moderators. Her humanistic approach brings to life overlooked perspectives and possibilities. It’s common for her interview subject to have a moment of discovery that makes for generative discussion and stays with the audience well beyond the stage.”
-Katie Drasser, Managing Director at the Aspen Institute

“There is no more insightful, thoughtful, and prepared interviewer or moderator than Courtney. She brings to every conversation her compelling curiosity, her deep knowledge of so many subjects, her warm and engaging personality, her authentic voice, diverse experiences, and open mind and heart.”
-Pat Mitchell, first female president of PBS; creator of TEDWomen


March 4, 2020
Earth Justice
San Francisco, CA

May 26, 2020
National Council on School Diversity
Washington D.C.

June 24-27, 2020
Aspen Institute's Spotlight Health Conference
Aspen, CO

December 8, 2020
End Well
Los Angeles, CA

© 2021 Courtney E. Martin • Design by John CaryWeb Development