Speaking + Consulting

BRUCE FEILER is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers; the presenter of two primetime series on PBS; and the inspiration for the NBC drama series COUNCIL OF DADS. Bruce’s three TED Talks have been viewed more than four million times. 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 allow people to live with more meaning, passion, and joy. His last book, LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS: Mastering Change at Any Age, introduces the first new model for how to navigate life transitions in 50 years and was published to instant acclaim and global media attention in 2020. It was a Top 10 New York Times bestseller. You can learn more here. His newest book, THE SEARCH: Finding Meaningful Work in a Post-Career World, will be published in 2023. 

We tailor all speeches to meet the specific needs of clients. Below are suggested topics Bruce has spoken about recently. For information on arranging a speaking event or consulting appearance, please contact Lauren Bittrich (contact@brucefeiler.com) or email Bruce.

Here are some of the many places Bruce has spoken at in the past:

Life Transitions

MASTERING TRANSITIONS - Tools and Takeaways for Navigating Uncertain Times

Now a popular TED Talk! Drawing on the groundbreaking revelations in his latest book 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, balance, and joy. Feiler spent the last seven years collecting life stories of Americans who underwent enormous life changes, then analyzing those stories for patterns and takeaways that are remarkably prescient for the moment we all face today. Mining this rich wellspring of data and stories, Feiler uncovers 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 introduces 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 – How to Harness the Science of Storytelling to Connect, Persuade, and Thrive

We are living in the century of the story. Whether companies, organizations, families, or individuals, all of us are defined—and sometimes trapped—by the narratives we tell. Bruce Feiler has been exploring the stories that bind us—from the ancient world to today’s families— for more than three decades. In this stirring presentation, spanning cutting-edge neuroscience to positive psychology, Feiler offers concrete steps to improve the stories we tell at work, at home, and in life. Both eye-opening and practical, THE POWER OF STORY offers science-backed skills to improve your most important communication.

Council of Dads

The Power of Community - How to Survive and Thrive in Difficult Times

From a life-threatening illness to a bestselling book to 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.

Secrets of Happy Families

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.

SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL FAMILIES – Surprising New Ways to Manage and Live Well

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.

Happiness and Meaning

THE ABCs of MEANING: Agency, Belonging, and Cause – What Every Organization Needs to Know

Drawing on 20 years of research on happiness, purpose, and work, Bruce Feiler discusses his exclusive blueprint for the ABCs of Meaning – Agency, Belonging, and Cause and how it can help transform how we live and work. There are three pillars to a well-balanced life and a wellbalanced workplace: Agency—autonomy, freedom, creativity, mastery; Belonging— relationships, community, colleagues, friendships; Cause—a calling, mission, direction, or purpose. We all have all three needs within us; in times of change, we adjust and adapt them. In this life-affirming presentation, Feiler leads audience members through his signature process of determining their priorities and discusses how to adapt the workplace to everyone to thrive.

SACRED JOURNEYS – Lessons from Retracing the Roots of Spirituality and the Path to Coexistence Around the World

Called “a modern-day Indiana Jones,” Bruce Feiler for the last two decades has been one of the country’s preeminent writers, thinkers, and broadcasters about the role of spirituality and meaning in contemporary life. In this wide-ranging talk, tailored to the audience and moment we’re in, he tells stories and shares insights from this multiple bestsellers WALKING THE BIBLE, ABRAHAM, AMERICA’S PROPHET, and THE FIRST LOVE STORY, his two PBS series WALKING THE BIBLE and SACRED JOURNEYS WITH BRUCE FEILER, and his extensive travels exploring contemporary faiths around the world. Lively, funny, and timely, Feiler paints a vivid portrait a religious coexistence and offers a blueprint for the future of faith that is inclusive and hopeful.