How to Have Great Conversations That Matter with Celeste Headlee

October 15

3:00pm - 4:00pm


Audience: Alumni,  Current Student,  Faculty,  Families,  Neighbor or Friend,  Prospective Student,  Staff

In a time when difficult conversations frequently prove to challenge our everyday interactions and opposing viewpoints and perspectives grow more and more polarizing, how do we engage in meaningful conversations and confront topics that make us uncomfortable, especially when we disagree? Join Korbel School Dean Fritz Mayer in a conversation with Celeste Headlee about navigating conversations during times of discourse by leveraging key ingredients like honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening.

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist and radio host, professional speaker and author of the bestselling book “We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter” and the recently released “Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving”. Her TEDx Talk, 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation, has been viewed over 23 million times.

In her 20-year career in public radio, Celeste has been the Executive Producer of On Second Thought at Georgia Public Radio and anchored programs including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She also served as co-host of the national morning news show, The Takeaway, from PRI and WNYC, and anchored presidential coverage in 2012 for PBS World Channel. As an NPR host and journalist, Celeste has interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life. Through her work, she has learned the true power of conversation and its ability to both bridge gaps or deepen wounds. In a time when conversations are often minimized to a few words in a text message and lack of meaningful communication and dialogue abounds, Celeste sheds a much-needed light on the lost and essential art of conversation.