Bruce Feiler

  • Six-Time New York Times Best-Selling Author of Abraham and Walking The Bible
  • PBS Host


Bruce Feiler is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers; the host of two primetime series on PBS; and the inspiration for the upcoming NBC drama series Council of Dads in March 2020. Bruce’s two TED Talks have been viewed more than two million times. Employing a firsthand approach to his work, Bruce is known for living the experiences he writes about. His work combines timeless wisdom with timely knowledge to allow people to live with more meaning, passion, and joy. His new book, Life is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age, will be published in July 2020.

Bruce has a zeal for life and a humorist’s ability to tell a good story. He leaves audiences both entertained and uplifted, with practical takeaways that prompt discussion and action in communities, businesses, and institutions he visits.

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Bruce Feiler
  • U. Penn
  • Yale
  • The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
  • The Jewish Federations of North America
  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Harvard
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Washington National Cathedral
  • GE
  • Young Presidents’ Organization
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The Power of Community: How to survive and thrive in difficult times

From a life-threatening illness to a bestselling book to NBC primetime drama series. Faced with one of life’s greatest challenges, Bruce Feiler reached out to six men who helped shape him and asked each one for a piece of advice for his young daughters: how to live, how to travel, how to question, h ...

From a life-threatening illness to a bestselling book to NBC primetime drama series. Faced with one of life’s greatest challenges, Bruce Feiler reached out to six men who helped shape him and asked each one for a piece of advice for his young daughters: how to live, how to travel, how to question, how to dream. In this funny, moving presentation, Feiler relates the lessons he learned about the power of friendship, the importance of relying on our community whatever challenges we face, and how to celebrate what’s most precious in our lives.

A Motivational Keynote for Medical, Insurance, Health and Wellness Groups; Financial Services
and Other Consumer-Focused Brands; Nonprofits and Life Services Organizations

Mastering Transitions: Tools and Takeaways for Navigating Uncertain Times

Drawing on the groundbreaking revelations in his new book LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS, Bruce Feiler presents a timely new roadmap for how to transform and reinvent ourselves in times of transition to live with more meaning, balance, and joy. Feiler spent the last seven years collecting life stories o ...

Drawing on the groundbreaking revelations in his new book LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS, Bruce Feiler presents a timely new roadmap for how to transform and reinvent ourselves in times of transition to live with more meaning, balance, and joy.

Feiler spent the last seven years collecting life stories of Americans who underwent enormous life changes, then analyzing those stories for patterns and takeaways that are remarkably prescient for the moment we all face today.

Mining this rich wellspring of data and stories, Feiler uncovers the greatest emotions we struggle in times of change, the biggest roadblocks to reinventions, the habits we most need to shed, the secrets to being creative in moments of uncertainty. With extraordinary insight and urgency, Feiler introduces a groundbreaking toolkit for flourishing in periods of upheaval and the first new model for navigating life transitions in half a century.

For Retail, Lifestyle, Health, and Wellness Brands; Financial Services; Tech Companies

The Power of Story: How to Harness the Science of Storytelling to Connect, Persuade, and Thrive

We are living in the century of the story. Whether companies, organizations, families, or individuals, all of us are defined—and sometimes trapped—by the narratives we tell. Bruce Feiler has been exploring the stories that bind us—from the ancient world to today’s families—for more than three decade ...

We are living in the century of the story. Whether companies, organizations, families, or individuals, all of us are defined—and sometimes trapped—by the narratives we tell. Bruce Feiler has been exploring the stories that bind us—from the ancient world to today’s families—for more than three decades. In this stirring presentation, spanning cutting-edge neuroscience to positive psychology, Feiler offers concrete steps to improve the stories we tell at work, at home, and in life. Both eye-opening and practical, THE POWER OF STORY offers science-backed skills to improve your most important communication.

For Retail, Lifestyle, Health, and Wellness Brands; Financial Services; Tech Companies

12 Trends Reshaping the Family: How Millennial Parents, Digital Kids, Overworked Moms, and Active Dads Are Changing How Families Shop, Spend, and Connect

Drawing on fifteen years of proprietary research, two bestselling books, and 100 New York Times columns, Bruce Feiler explodes outdated ideas about the family and reveals how working moms, diaper dads, and 24/7 technology are remaking the American home, posing an urgent threat to brands, and present ...

Drawing on fifteen years of proprietary research, two bestselling books, and 100 New York Times columns, Bruce Feiler explodes outdated ideas about the family and reveals how working moms, diaper dads, and 24/7 technology are remaking the American home, posing an urgent threat to brands, and presenting an unrivaled opportunity for nimble companies to reach millions of new customers. With his patented mix of in-depth data, careful analysis, and hands-on research, Feiler discusses how changing demographics [he coined the term parennials in the NYT]; flexible jobs, online shopping, and increased stress; and outlines the possibilities for businesses to help harried families improve their lives.

For Retail, Food, and Travel Brands, Financial and Consumer Service, Tech Companies

Secrets of Successful Families: Surprising New Ways to Manage and Life Well

As seen on GMA, TODAY, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and his popular TED Talk, Bruce Feiler delivers a lively, practical talk designed to help busy families contend with the issues they struggle with most: discipline, dinner, difficult conversations, out-of-control mornings, challenging bedtimes, technology show ...

As seen on GMA, TODAY, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and his popular TED Talk, Bruce Feiler delivers a lively, practical talk designed to help busy families contend with the issues they struggle with most: discipline, dinner, difficult conversations, out-of-control mornings, challenging bedtimes, technology showdowns, and sibling rivalry. Combining up-to-the minute research, personal experience, and proven know-how from more than fifteen years of research, two bestselling books, and 100 New York Times columns, Feiler offers and easy-to-implement blueprint of what high-functioning families have in common and helps audience members identify the specific takeaways that can make their family—and everyone in their family—happier.

For Schools, Community Groups, Religious Organizations, Parents

The ABCs of Meaning: Agency, Belonging, and Cause – What Every Organization Needs to Know

Drawing on 20 years of research on happiness, purpose, and work, Bruce Feiler discusses his exclusive blueprint for the ABCs of Meaning – Agency, Belonging, and Cause and how it can help transform how we live and work. There are three pillars to a well-balanced life and a well-balanced workplace: Ag ...

Drawing on 20 years of research on happiness, purpose, and work, Bruce Feiler discusses his exclusive blueprint for the ABCs of Meaning – Agency, Belonging, and Cause and how it can help transform how we live and work. There are three pillars to a well-balanced life and a well-balanced workplace: Agency—autonomy, freedom, creativity, mastery; Belonging—relationships, community, colleagues, friendships; Cause—a calling, mission, direction, or purpose. We all have all three needs within us; in times of change, we adjust and adapt them.
In this life-affirming presentation, Feiler leads audience members through his signature process of determining their priorities and discusses how to adapt the workplace to everyone to thrive.

For Corporations, Consumer and Financial Brands, Human Resources, Nonprofits

Sacred Journeys: Lessons from Retracing the Roots of Spirituality and the Path to Coexistence Around the World

Called “a modern-day Indiana Jones,” Bruce Feiler for the last two decades has been one of the country’s preeminent writers, thinkers, and broadcasters about the role of spirituality and meaning in contemporary life. In this wide-ranging talk, tailored to the audience and moment we’re in, he tells s ...

Called “a modern-day Indiana Jones,” Bruce Feiler for the last two decades has been one of the country’s preeminent writers, thinkers, and broadcasters about the role of spirituality and meaning in contemporary life. In this wide-ranging talk, tailored to the audience and moment we’re in, he tells stories and shares insights from this multiple bestsellers WALKING THE BIBLE, ABRAHAM, AMERICA’S PROPHET, and THE FIRST LOVE STORY, his two PBS series WALKING THE BIBLE and SACRED JOURNEYS WITH BRUCE FEILER, and his extensive travels exploring contemporary faiths around the world. Lively, funny, and timely, Feiler paints a vivid portrait a religious coexistence and offers a blueprint for the future of faith that is inclusive and hopeful.

For Religious Organizations, Nonprofits, Travel Brands, Community Groups

Marketing to American Families

How Tech-Obsessed Kids, Overworked Moms, and Active Dads Are Changing How Families Shop, Spend, and Connect ...

How Tech-Obsessed Kids, Overworked Moms, and Active Dads Are Changing How Families Shop, Spend, and Connect

Faith and Family in Modern Life

How Busy Parents Can Combat Technology, Increase Tradition, and Deepen Bonds in Today’s Families ...

How Busy Parents Can Combat Technology, Increase Tradition, and Deepen Bonds in Today’s Families

Restoring Love in a Divided World

How the Bible Invented Love and How It Can Help Us Reclaim Forgiveness, Healing, and Hope in Today’s Divided World ...

How the Bible Invented Love and How It Can Help Us Reclaim Forgiveness, Healing, and Hope in Today’s Divided World

Can We Get Along?

A Way Forward for Jews, Christians, and Muslims ...

A Way Forward for Jews, Christians, and Muslims

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Biography

BRUCE FEILER is one of America’s most popular voices on contemporary life. He is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers; the presenter of two prime-time series on PBS; and the inspiration for the upcoming drama COUNCIL OF DADS on NBC. Bruce’s two TED Talks have been viewed more than two million times. Employing a firsthand approach to his work, Bruce is known for living the experiences he writes about. His work combines timeless wisdom with timely knowledge turned into practical, positive messages that allow people to live with more meaning, passion, and joy. His new book, LIFE IS IN THE TRANSITIONS: Mastering Change at Any Age, describes his journey across America, collecting hundreds of life stories, exploring how we can navigate the growing number of life transitions with greater purpose and skill. It will be published in July 2020.

For more than a decade, Bruce has explored the intersection of families, relationships, health, and happiness. His book THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES collects best practices from some of the country’s most creative minds. The book was featured on World NewsGMA, and TODAY and excerpted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and ParadeTHE COUNCIL OF DADS describes how, faced with one of life’s greatest challenges, he asked six friends to support his young daughters. The book was profiled in PEOPLEUSA Today, and Time and was the subject of a CNN documentary hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Since 2001, Bruce has been one of the country’s preeminent thinkers about the role of spirituality in contemporary life. WALKING THE BIBLE describes his 10,000-mile journey retracing the Five Books of Moses through the desert. (“An instant classic,” Washington Post). The book spent a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into fifteen languages.

ABRAHAM recounts his search for the shared ancestor of the monotheistic religions. (“Exquisitely written,” Boston Globe). WHERE GOD WAS BORN describes his trek visiting biblical sites throughout Israel, Iraq, and Iran. (“Bruce Feiler is a real-life Indiana Jones,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution). AMERICA’S PROPHET is the groundbreaking story of the influence of Moses on American history. THE FIRST LOVE STORY is a journey across four continents exploring how Adam and Eve shaped our deepest feelings about relationships. (“A miraculous thing—the literary equivalent of breathing new life into a figure of clay,” New York Times Book ReviewFeiler’s best work yet,” Publishers Weekly).

Bruce is the writer/presenter of two prime-time series on PBS: WALKING THE BIBLE (“Beguiling,” Wall Street Journal) and SACRED JOURNEYS WITH BRUCE FEILER, in which he retraces pilgrimages in France, India, Japan, Israel, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia. (Feiler is the perfect guide,” Newsday).

Bruce Feiler has written for numerous publications, including The New YorkerThe New York Times Magazine, and Gourmet, where he won three James Beard Awards. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television. A former circus clown, he has been the subject of a Jay Leno joke and a JEOPARDY! question, and his face appears on a postage stamp in the Grenadines.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bruce lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Linda Rottenberg, and their identical twin daughters.