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Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
Goodwin is the author of seven critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, Leadership in Turbulent Times, which incorporates her five decades of scholarship studying Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.
Well known for her appearances and commentary on television, Goodwin is seen frequently in documentaries and on television news and cable networks and late-night talk shows. In 2020, she serves as the executive producer for History Channel’s six-hour, three-night miniseries event, “Washington,” which delves into the lesser-known details of America’s first president and shows the arc of his development as a leader.
Goodwin’s interest in presidential leadership was inspired by her experience as a 24-year-old White House Fellow, working directly for President Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisting him in the preparation of his memoirs.
Goodwin graduated magna cum laude from Colby College. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency. Goodwin lives in Boston. She was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room in 1979, and is a devoted fan of the World Series-winning team.
Doris Kearns Goodwin: On Bitterness Toward Obama
Doris Kearns Goodwin on "Leadership: In Turbulent Times"
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Election 2020: Where Do We Go From Here?
America’s “historian-in-chief” Doris Kearns Goodwin delves deeply into our 200-year history of presidential elections that brings us to 2020: A most divisive, overwhelming and exhausting presidential campaign cycle, punctuated by relentless social media and news coverage. Accompany Goodwin on a virtual trip back to a simpler time—when conventions chose candidates and general election campaigns lasted only three months—to understand the transformation that has produced today’s eternal campaigning, endless fundraising, unproductive debates, polarizing rhetoric and over-reliance on polling. Through rich stories of past primaries, fractured parties, campaign promises and policy outcomes, former candidates and present-day hopefuls, Goodwin examines the path to the presidency and poses the engaging question: Might our election process need an overhaul? Can we instead evaluate our candidates by the standards of a leadership index that would reveal the strength of their teams, their ability to grow, to learn from mistakes and to overcome adversity—qualities that can apply to leaders in every field and all of us in our everyday lives.
Leadership in Turbulent Times
World-renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin reflects on more than 150 years of U.S. history to put into context our most recent unprecedented presidency – a fast-paced, unpredictable and at times impulsive Administration. By sharing her deep understanding of the ambition, resolution and resilience of some of our nation’s most revered presidents, Goodwin explains how past setbacks and triumphs shed light on the cultural, economic and political transformations that define today’s turbulent times. With a goal of educating and entertaining audiences, Goodwin brings to life some of our most successful presidents to provide insight for today’s leaders, and to demonstrate that however fractured our modern political culture has become, our democracy is also resilient and has survived—even thrived—through more troubling times in the past.
Presidential Leadership Lessons: A Conversation with Doris Kearns Goodwin
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and foremost authority on presidential leadership, draws on her scholarship and experience to bring history to life in a conversational format with politicians, academics, civic leaders, journalists, or your company’s executives. Goodwin’s anecdotes and analysis provide historical context for our turbulent political atmosphere, illuminating how today’s leaders can learn from the struggles and triumphs of the past’s greatest leaders. Most recently, Goodwin has been in conversation with former President Barack Obama, Salesforce vice chairman, president and COO Keith Block, Hearst executive vice chairman Frank A. Bennack Jr., presidential advisor Karl Rove, filmmaker Steven Spielberg, philanthropist David Rubenstein, author Jon Meacham, and journalists Bill Moyers (PBS), Steve Scully (C-SPAN), and Michal Lev-Ram (Fortune). This event, which can be tailored to meet the specific needs of each audience, will educate, entertain, and inspire.
Team of Rivals: The Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln
Based on her longtime best-selling and award-winning book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, esteemed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin presents audiences with essential, object and fresh lessons in leadership, political acumen and management strategy. By deeply examining Lincoln’s leadership style and keen understanding of human behavior, Goodwin makes the case for Lincoln’s political genius by explaining his skillful navigation of the "team of rivals" he constructed to achieve not only political success, but also victory in the Civil War. Underestimated as both an effective orator and leader, this ordinary and extraordinary leader surprised both his colleagues and critics as he rose to political prominence, and today is remembered as one of the greatest presidents of all time. Goodwin, whose Team of Rivals was the basis for Steven Spielberg’s award-winning film Lincoln, also shares stories about her involvement in the hit film that saw Daniel Day-Lewis so convincingly bring Abraham Lincoln to life for millions of moviegoers.
No Ordinary Time: Three Leaders Who Shaped the American Century: Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt
Spanning 100 years of history, bestselling author Doris Kearns Goodwin takes audiences on the ultimate journey through some of the most momentous decades in American history – the industrial revolution, the rise of the robber barons, the Progressive Era, the Great Depression, and two World Wars. With an uncanny gift for both depth and detail, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of dramatic and complex story lines drawing from her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II (1995) and her bestselling book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism to provide an intimate, comprehensive and ultimately unforgettable portrait of the era’s three extraordinary leaders – Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt – along with the scintillating cast of characters, who together transformed the country.
Doris is one of the most brilliant speakers we have had on our campus. Audience members shared their comments with us about what an extraordinary person and class act she is. The stories she shares about the presidents, combined with her encyclopedic knowledge of presidential history, are insightful, entertaining, and humorous. We were so pleased that Doris could join us for dinner and answer more questions from our guests before she left campus - she is a witty, warm and caring individual and a favorite of all who listened to her.Aurora University
Five Stars!! The event with Doris was our BEST EVER. We had 642 in attendance and she was simply amazing. And she was sooooo personable to deal with. The audience was riveted to her every word, and she was both informative and entertaining. Her topic for us was “A History of Presidential Leadership in Turbulent Times.” She was deft in weaving in comparisons of our current president to past presidents - and never alienated our more conservative crowd. I received one note which said “Please bring her back next year!” She graciously met all at our VIP reception and the desert/coffee time afterwards.Bellevue University
Everyone raved about Doris Kearns Goodwin’s speech. In fact, I heard from some people that it was the best talk they had ever heard.University of Maine
Doris is a STAR - she captivated the minds and hearts of the family and the lecture's packed audience. In addition to her exquisite intelligence, Doris is extremely generous of her time, irresistibly warm, engaging and witty.McCarthey Family Foundation
Doris Kearns Goodwin absolutely knocked people’s socks off. The audience loved her – and it was clear she loved the audience. I just hope I have a chance to book her again someday.American Council on Education
Our event was a complete success! I want to extend a hearty thanks to you and everyone we came into contact with at WSB. Your team is dedicated, responsive and encouraging to us as the clients—you made the logistics easy! Doris Kearns Goodwin was just as you described her, delightful, engaging and complimentary to everyone and everything at our College. The emails to me are pouring in—from students as well. I know that she had a great impact on all who heard her speak.Northampton Community College
Doris Kearns Goodwin is just incredible. Her patience and connection with the individuals during the book signing were inspiring. She could have talked all night and they would have been just as rapt. Can't wait for her next book.Cancer Clinics of Excellence
Doris was remarkable and held our audience in the palm of her hand. We were all inspired by her profound knowledge of President Lincoln and our nation's history. Our guests did not want the evening to end!Sandra Day O’Connor Institute
Doris Kearns Goodwin was a great success and received a standing ovation. Quite a few attendees told us she was the best speaker we’ve ever had. She was a joy on-site and was everything we hoped for.Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council
Having Doris at the event was great and the attendees really enjoyed her talk. On top of that, she seemed like a really nice, genuine person! It was easy working with WSB so I really wouldn’t change anything.AON
Doris Kearns Goodwin was a total and complete grand slam home run! She impressed and charmed everyone who was fortunate enough to meet or hear her. She was a delight to deal with--as were the folks at WSB! Thanks for all you did to make everything run so smoothly.Oregon Historical Society
Doris' speech was amazing and she was incredibly wonderful to work with. Hundreds of people have been coming up to me all day telling me that her lecture was the best they had ever heard! It was a HOME RUN WITH ALL THE BASES LOADED!Americans for the Arts
Doris Kearns Goodwin was a hit at our meeting. She is a master at making history come alive – the audience was captivated! She was also very gracious and accommodating to all she met, both before her presentation, during her presentation and afterwards at the book signing.The Council of State Governments, Midwestern Legislative Conference
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