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Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most popular voices on contemporary life. He is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers; the presenter of two prime-time series on PBS; and the inspiration for the drama series Council of Dads on NBC. Bruce’s two TED Talks have been viewed more than two 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 new book, Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age, describes his journey across America, collecting hundreds of life stories, exploring how we can navigate the growing number of life transitions with great purpose and skill. “One of those books that’s so profoundly aligned with the zeitgeist that you end up underlining the whole book,” wrote Arianna Huffington in Thrive Global. “Bruce Feiler is the perfect person to lead us on this journey.” The book was a Top 10 New York Times bestseller.
For more than a decade, Feiler has explored the intersection of families, relationships, and well-being. The Secrets of Happy Families collects best practices from the country’s most creative minds. The book was featured on World News, GMA, and TODAY and excerpted in the Wall Street Journal and Parade. Council of Dads describes how faced with one of life’s greatest challenge, he asked six friends to support his daughters. The book was profiled in PEOPLE, USA Today, and Time and was the subject of a CNN documentary.
Since 2001, Feiler has been one of the country’s preeminent thinkers, writers, and speakers about religion. Walking The Bible describes his perilous, 10,000-mile journey retracing the Five Books of Moses through the desert. The book was hailed as an “instant classic” by the Washington Post, spent a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller list, and has been translated into fifteen languages. Abraham recounts his personal search for the shared ancestor of the monotheistic religions. “Exquisitely written,” wrote the Boston Globe. Where God Was Born describes his trek visiting biblical sites throughout Israel, Iraq, and Iran. “Bruce Feiler is a real-life Indiana Jones,” wrote the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. All were bestsellers.
Feiler is the host of two prime-time series on PBS: Walking The Bible (“Beguiling,” Wall Street Journal) and Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler, in which he retraces pilgrimages in France, India, Japan, Israel, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia. (“Feiler is the perfect guide,” Newsday).
Writer of the “This Life” column in the New York Times, Bruce Feiler has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Parade, and Gourmet, where he won three James Beard Awards. A former circus clown, he has been the subject of Jay Leno joke and a JEOPARDY! question, and his face appears on a postage stamp in the Grenadines.
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Bruce Feiler on the Council of Dads
Bruce Feiler's Speech Topics
Mastering Transitions - Tools and Takeaways For Navigating Uncertain Times
Drawing on the groundbreaking revelations in his new 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.
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 an 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.
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 of a religious coexistence and offers a blueprint for the future of faith that is inclusive and hopeful.
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 well-balanced 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.
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 hands on 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.
The Power of Community - How to Survive and Thrive in Difficult Times
From a life-threatening illness to a bestselling book to NBC prime-time 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.
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.
Works by Bruce Feiler
The Council of Dads (opens in a new tab)
The First Love Story (opens in a new tab)
Walking The Bible (opens in a new tab)
The Secrets of Happy Families (opens in a new tab)
America's Prophet (opens in a new tab)
Where God Was Born (opens in a new tab)
Abraham (opens in a new tab)
Learning to Bow (opens in a new tab)
Looking for Class (opens in a new tab)
Under the Big Top (opens in a new tab)
Dreaming Out Loud (opens in a new tab)
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Associate Professor, Duke University; Bestselling Author; Founder, Everything Happens Initiative; Host, Everything Happens Podcast; Fellow, Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School.