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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 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
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
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.
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 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' 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 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 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
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 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
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

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin brings history alive with an uncanny sense for detail and a master storyteller’s grasp of drama and depth as she examines the leadership triumphs, trials and tribulations of the men and women who have shaped this nation, culled from her lifetime examination of the U.S. presidency.

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Where Do We Go From Here: 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.

Leadership Lessons from the White House: Doris Kearns Goodwin on the American Presidents

One of the country’s leading historians, Doris Kearns Goodwin shares cherished stories, intimate insights and in-depth analysis of the US presidency, which she has studied for more than four decades. Drawing from her award-winning and bestselling biographies of Lyndon Johnson, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Franklin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, Goodwin brings the past alive, delivering an insider’s look at the captivating stories that illuminate the inner complexities of our most fascinating leaders. Whether examining how presidents dealt with the intricacies of working with Congress to the challenges they faced with the business community and their relationships with constituents, Goodwin illustrates the individual and universal qualities that have made our leaders great and will continue to inspire leaders well into the future.

“It’s Up To The Women:” Leadership Lessons from First Ladies

Leading presidential historian and biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin delves into the fascinating world of First Ladies, from Edith Carow Roosevelt to Nellie Taft, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson and Nancy Reagan, who paved the way for the rising political consciousness of women in the 20th century and for the real possibility of the first female president of the United States in the 21st century. With insight, wit, energy and eloquence, Goodwin appraises the history-altering influence of First Ladies, many of whom possessed leadership skills much needed in present-day politics. Singling out Eleanor Roosevelt, arguably the country’s most influential First Lady and a world-class leader, Goodwin examines how her courage, openness, empathy, ability to handle criticism with grace, and community building allowed her to further, with strength and confidence, the political, social and humanitarian causes that so mattered to her—championing civil rights, the rights of women and blacks, the poor and oppressed, workers, and youth as a newspaper columnist, author, diplomat and savvy politician. Delving into the powerful stories from First Ladies’ lives, Goodwin examines their legacies and timeless contributions that continue to set the standard for today’s leaders.

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.

Leadership Lessons from The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft

A struggling economy. Two wars. A nation starving for leadership. One of America's most treasured historians, Doris Kearns Goodwin explores a momentous and raucous American time period as she brings Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Progressive Era to life, drawing from her bestselling and award-winning book, The Bully Pulpit. Goodwin keenly focuses on the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the “muckraking” press, Roosevelt wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses and corrupting money brokers, leading a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft failed to take hold of the public dimensions of the presidential role – never finding comfort in being Number One. The rupture between the two led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president in 1912, an ultimately futile race that resulted in the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson and the diminishment of Theodore Roosevelt’s progressive wing of the Republican Party. Goodwin illuminates a remarkable time in our history that enlightened and changed the country, ushered in the modern age and brought some unforgettable men and women into the spotlight.

Meet Doris Kearns Goodwin

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin brings history alive with an uncanny sense for detail and a master storyteller’s grasp of drama and depth as she examines the leadership triumphs, trials and tribulations of the men and women who have shaped this nation, culled from her lifetime examination of the U.S. presidency.

Doris Kearns Goodwin provides audiences trenchant, informed and enthralling commentary on current events by demonstrating how history has answered similar questions. With a deft wit and an uncanny ability to weave stories that put you “right in the room” as history occurs, Goodwin offers extraordinary insight into the lives of the leaders who have shaped the United States. Often cited as one of President Obama’s favorite books, Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln inspires business and political leaders of today by teaching Lincoln’s quiet but powerful leadership qualities, including his wisdom in building and maintaining teams in the midst of critically trying circumstances and his ability to overcome incredible obstacles. As one of the most recognized historians of the day, Goodwin’s most recent book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (2013), is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air—much like the nation is experiencing today in the political arena. Author of several additional best-selling books, Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She also penned a touching memoir, Wait Till Next Year, about a love of baseball she shared with her father. A contributor, both on and off the air, to the PBS documentaries LBJ, The Kennedys, FDR and Baseball, Goodwin is the person most turn to for a keen historical perspective on political and current events. The film version of her book Team of Rivals was directed by Steven Spielberg. Lincoln premiered November 2012 to rave reviews and received 7 Golden Globe and 12 Oscar nominations. DreamWorks Studios/Steven Spielberg have also acquired the film rights to The Bully Pulpit—“Working with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks on Lincoln seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Goodwin. “I cannot imagine anything better than the prospect of working with them again, this time to bring Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft to life.”

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