Celeste Headlee


How to Have Conversations that Matter

POSTPONED Until Next Season

Tue Mar 24, 9:30am                               

The Nueva School

Bay Meadows Campus

131 E. 28th Ave.

San Mateo, CA 94403

(650) 235-7100


Tue Mar 24, 7:00pm                               

Bowman School 

4000 Terman Dr.

Palo Alto, CA 94306

(650) 813-9131


Celeste Headlee sheds a much-needed light on the lost and essential art of conversation. Her book, We Need to Talk, named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017, is based on her TEDx Talk with over 20 million views. Headlee is a talented, honest storyteller who understands 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, Headlee argues that improving how we  relate with one another can be beneficial at work, at home and within our communities. Headlee will outline the strategies that have made her a better conversationalist—and offer simple tools that can help us all have conversations that matter.


Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, professional speaker and author of Heard Mentality and We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter. Her TED Talk, “10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation,” has been viewed more than 15 million times. In her 20-year career in public radio, she 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. Her work and insights have been featured on the TODAY Show, Inc., Time, Wired, Psychology Today, NPR, Essence, Elle, BuzzFeed, Salon, Parade, and many more. Headlee is also a classically trained soprano who graduated from the Idyllwild Arts Academy and received a BA in Vocal Performance from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan.

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