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When a roadside bomb severely injured her network journalist husband Bob Woodruff, Lee Woodruff discovered how quickly life can change—and what you can learn from surviving a crisis.
When Lee Woodruff’s husband, ABC's then newly appointed co-anchor Bob Woodruff, was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq, Lee and Bob’s life instantly changed. Today she speaks with grace and humor about her own family's experience and their approach to the crisis that befell them, one that resulted in the healing and strengthening of her whole family. As co-author of the best-selling book, In an Instant, Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family's journey to recovery and she continues to work with groups nationwide to raise awareness of traumatic brain injury and the sacrifices of our military troops and families. She has authored two additional books Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress (April 2009) and her first novel, Those We Love Most, (September 2012). Woodruff has written numerous articles about her family and parenting in magazines such as Health, Parade, Redbook and Ladies Home Journal. As a contributing editor and spokesperson for Family Fun, she has written about health and travel and participated in national and regional broadcasts to discuss various topics on its behalf. She was previously a contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America, reporting on home- and family-related topics. Woodruff is impatient with today’s perception of the perfect working mother. To attain “super-woman” status by effortlessly balancing work, home and parenting is an impossible ideal. Woodruff frankly discusses how a family crisis forced her to reassess her priorities, as well as dispense with the idea that she could do it all and achieve perfection. She delivers an anecdote-filled presentation demonstrating how we can all learn to check the “cape” at the door and still tap into our own superpowers.
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Keeping the Humanity in Health Care
Having served as a caregiver to both her husband who suffered a traumatic brain injury after he was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq, as well as to her father as he battled and ultimately succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease, Lee Woodruff brings strength and compassion as she reminds audiences that the things people value most in health care are those that are free to provide and take little time.
Through these trying experiences she is able to speak with honesty and empathy about how critical it is to include the family in the equation as well as the simplicity and healing powers of leaving the door open for hope. Woodruff’s stories of respect and kindness by healthcare professionals are reminders that the human side of health care is just as important to the patient and their families as the medical treatments they receive. In a time where so many aspects of the healthcare experience are being automated and digitized, maintaining human connections with the patients and their loved ones is as valuable and powerful as the most expensive medical device.
Lee’s candor, warmth and humor provide audiences with a revived sense of motivation and renewal for the extraordinary work that they do.
"SuperWoman" is a Myth
Life, marriage, family, work…and balance? Impossible. As a woman in today’s world, chances are you have become a multi-tasking maniac. And there is so much pressure on us all to do everything well. One small misstep, one crisis, one unexpected event and the whole apparatus can feel as if it’s spiraling downward. Lee Woodruff went through what she describes as a “year of hell” when her husband, ABC’s newly appointed co-anchor Bob Woodruff, was hit by a bomb while covering the war in Iraq. As the co-author of the New York Times best-selling book In an Instant, Woodruff has much to tell when it comes to speaking about parenting through a crisis, how to forgive ourselves for not being perfect, and how to put family and self above all else while keeping the important balls in the air. Speaking with anecdotes, humor and warmth, Woodruff delivers an interesting take on how we can all learn to check the “cape” at the door and still tap into our own superpowers.
Life Changes In An Instant
Whether it’s a child in a car accident, a spouse’s request for a divorce, a patient’s stroke, a diagnosis of breast cancer, or a terrorist attack on a warm day in September—life can change in an instant for us all.
As co-author of In An Instant, the #1 New York Times best seller, Lee Woodruff recounts her story of a marriage, a family, a crisis and a healing. When her husband, ABC’s newly appointed co-anchor Bob Woodruff, was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq, Woodruff’s life changed in an instant. She had to learn to put her own grief aside to care for her children, as well as her husband, who was gravely injured and close to death. In the words of Bishop Desmond Tutu—"Suffering is not optional. It seems to be part and parcel of the human condition, but suffering can embitter or ennoble."
Woodruff speaks with grace and humor about her own family’s experience and how they chose to attack the crisis that befell them, resulting in a life-changing journey of love, healing and miracles for her whole family.
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Lee Woodruff was perfect...she did a great job of weaving my client's mission into her speech and was truly a joy to work with.Maestro Events/Tidewell Hospice
Lee Woodruff delivered an inspiring and informational message. Furthermore, Lee was highly engaging with the attendees and staff, and just simply a good-hearted and “down-to-earth” person to work with. I would re-submit her name for reconsideration for a future speaker slot in a heartbeat!Society for Human Resource Management
Lee Woodruff was the right person for The Blue Bird Circle. She was approachable, so down-to-earth and had a great sense of humor. During the moderated Q & A, we learned more about Lee and her family. We had another successful event because of your recommendations and guidance.The Blue Bird Circle
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