ABOUT MEGAN FELDMAN BETTENCOURT
Megan is an award-winning Penguin Random House author and inspirational keynote speaker. She has reported from many countries, and her journalism has appeared in publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, Psychology Today, Salon, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, Glamour and Southwest: The Magazine. Megan is the author of the internationally-acclaimed book, TRIUMPH OF THE HEART: FORGIVENESS IN AN UNFORGIVING WORLD, which explores forgiveness through science, stories and memoir. She holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Megan is known for her authentic and relatable speaking style. She lives in Denver with her husband and son.
MEGAN'S KEYNOTE PROGRAM: EMPOWERMENT AND PEAK PERFORMANCE THROUGH FORGIVENESS
Anger and resentment are toxic to our health, as well as to our home and work environments. Bitterness undercuts team performance and poisons results. Most people don't realize the costs of anger are both human and financial. Megan certainly didn't...
When Megan met a father who forgave the man who killed his son, she was perplexed. How did he do it? And why? Forgiveness has long been touted as a moral imperative, but as a grudge-holder by nature, Megan wanted to know exactly what it means from a scientific perspective, how it plays out in various situations, and how to do it.
She visited people with remarkable tales of interpersonal and collective forgiveness throughout the world, from inner city Baltimore to suburban Scottsdale to the heart of Africa. She also ended up on a surprising personal adventure.
Megan discovered that forgiveness, when practiced in the right ways, saves lives and safeguards institutions. The constant challenge? We live in a world that can be hard and unforgiving, but if we want to be healthy and fulfilled - and work in healthy and fulfilling organizations - we must learn to seek and grant forgiveness.
In an insightful and inspiring keynote, Megan uses personal anecdotes, scientific research and stories about extraordinary people to explain how forgiveness works and how to make it work for you and your organization.
She covers the following points:
- The health dangers of resentment and the benefits of forgiveness – including self-forgiveness.
- The most common misconceptions about forgiveness and a new, more practical definition.
- How self-compassion is crucial to performance.
- How organizations that foster forgiveness in their company culture will succeed while those that don’t will fail (especially in a post-crisis atmosphere).
- How to implement simple, research-tested practices that minimize conflict and create collaborative and productive relationships.
Your audience will leave with tools to release resentment and build the habit of forgiveness in everyday life - both to elevate individual health and wellbeing, and to enhance work performance while building a positive company culture.
MEGAN'S MEDIA & BESTSELLING, CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED BOOK
Since its launch from Penguin Random House in 2015, TRIUMPH OF THE HEART: FORGIVENESS IN AN UNFORGIVING WORLD has been featured by national and international outlets including Psychology Today, The Telegraph, PBS, The Star Tribune, HuffPo Women, The San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, and more than 20 radio shows, including nationally syndicated NPR and SiriusXM. The book is endorsed by New York Times bestselling authors Adam Grant, Elizabeth Gilbert and Marianne Williamson, and was positively reviewed by Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. It was a top 100 bestseller on Amazon in three categories. Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center named it a "Best Book of 2015" on the science of a meaningful life. Learn more about the book.
MEGAN'S POPULAR TEDx TALK
Megan's popular 9-minute TEDx Boulder talk about resentment and forgiveness was praised and shared by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It's used by a major international airline during employee trainings about how to deliver impeccable customer service. View the talk.
Write Megan via her website, www.meganfeldman.com/contact to inquire about her availability. You can also reach out via social media.
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2015: Finalist, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Books for a Better Life Award, for Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World
2012: Livingston Finalist; First Place in Health category of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Top of the Rockies Awards, for “What Happened to Abbey’s Mom,” a feature story in 5280 : The Denver Magazine about a pregnant 25-year-old battling breast cancer.
2011: First Place, General Political Reporting, Society of Professional Journalists' Top of the Rockies Awards, for “The Elephants in the Room,” a feature story in 5280 about a doomed gubernatorial campaign.
2010: Finalist, PEN Literary Award, for “Gimme Shelter," about American Iraq War deserters requesting asylum in Canada, in the Dallas Observer, LA Weekly, and other Village Voice Media newspapers.
2008: Livingston Finalist; Best Feature of 2008, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, for “El Tren de la Muerte,” the chronicle of a young Honduran’s journey to Dallas on Mexico’s “Death Trains,” with on-the-ground reporting from Mexico and Guatemala. Published in the Dallas Observer.