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One of the world’s most influential feminists and the bestselling author of The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf doesn’t just comment on the world’s most pervasive problems, she aims to solve them. Dr. Wolf gives people specific ways to change the world by encouraging people to take charge of their lives and communities.
At age 23, Wolf published her landmark, international bestseller, The Beauty Myth, challenging the cosmetics industry and the marketing of unrealistic beauty standards. One of the most important books of the 20th century, according to The New York Times, The Beauty Myth launched a new wave of feminism and is still taught on campuses around the world.
Wolf has written eight bestselling works of nonfiction, including Give Me Liberty, which includes effective tools for citizens to promote civic engagement and create sustainable democracy, and the iTunes bestseller, Vagina: A New Biography. The End of America, her New York Times bestseller, is a call to preserve liberty and democracy, winning the 2008 Nautilus Silver Award for social change and activism. The documentary version of End of America has been viewed over two million times online. In spring 2018 Wolf will release her next book, Outrages: How Modern Censorship, and Homosexuality as a Crime, were Invented.
A charismatic personality with a passion for activism, Wolf teaches public presentation to Rhodes Scholars and was a visiting lecturer at Stony Brook University, where she co-led an initiative to train professors on the skills for becoming “public intellectuals.” Dr. Wolf recently completed a doctoral program on the history of discrimination law at Oxford University, where she was a research fellow at the Rothermere American Institute. A former fellow at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Wolf is also a Consultant for Barnard's Athena Center for Leadership Studies.
She continues to question establishment views on gender, foreign policy, economics, and journalism in her columns and blog posts for Project Syndicate, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Wall St. Journal. Dr. Wolf has also appeared on Meet the Press and The Colbert Report.
Wolf is the co-founder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership and The American Freedom Campaign. The co-Founder and CEO of tech startup DailyClout, Wolf is developing tools that allow citizens to access, share, and comment on Federal and State legislation.
Everywhere we look, in the US and even abroad, demagoguery is found on both sides of the political spectrum. Civil dialogue seems to have fled. Here in the US, we see daily erosions of our basic liberties, from the militarization of policing to the escalation of a surveillance society. Money has taken the place of the people’s voice in our politics, and often it seems to everyday citizens as if there is no way to have an effect on political outcomes as insiders and special interests appear to be running the show. Dr. Naomi Wolf has ‘kicked the tires’ of US democracy; she knows what doors have been closed but identified 55 action steps any citizen can still take to raise his or her voice effectively, take local and national action easily, and truly make a difference. Basic skills in ‘driving democracy’ can let anyone everyday feel like and be a leader rather than an observer of our democracy, which is what the founders of our nation actually intended.
Feminism: Next Up, the Millennial Way
We are in a time of Renaissance for feminism, a movement and set of ideas that used to be seen as unpopular or marginal. The ‘F-word,’ feminism, is newly vibrant and embraced again by millennials, the granddaughters of the Second Wave. And they are making this movement their own — completely free from the stereotypes and assumptions of the past.
From Body Positivity to Intersectionality, this generation has a whole new agenda and landscape in which they are fighting for equality – focusing on everything, from the heated question of where men fit in the feminist movement, arguments about ‘co-opting the male gaze,’ the deconstruction of gender as ‘binary’ to the ‘free the nipple movement,’ campus rape activism, and the ways in which technology (online harassment and threats) can disempower young women. What should this younger generation know, keep, and reject from the past? How can they keep their movement and energy keep from being sidelined into more superficial issues, as the basic fights – though less buzzy and glamorous – remain ahead?
Facing Fascism: How to Rescue America and Restore Democracy
In 2008, Dr. Naomi Wolf wrote her bestselling book, The End of America, which foresaw today’s climate in detail, predicting the rise of militarized policing, the suppression of dissent in America, the growth of the surveillance society, attacks on whistleblowers, and the erosion of the rule of law. After the 2016 Elections, demagoguery has proven increasingly common from left to right. What does the future hold, domestically and worldwide, in terms of this historic conflict between traditional democratic freedoms and pressures against them in all advanced democracies?
The End of Europe?
In a time of upheaval ranging from terrorist attacks and mass immigration to the rise of nationalist parties, Europe and the U.K. face an enduring temptation on the continent and in Britain: efforts are growing to suppress traditional liberties, extend detention surveillance activists, and suppress speech.
These new laws and precedents mirror exactly the way the US responded to Sept 11 – a decline in liberty that Dr. Wolf identified presciently in her 2009 bestseller, The End of America. Having studied both democracy and European censorship for a decade, Dr. Wolf makes the case that the suppression of traditional European liberties will do nothing to protect Europe. Censorship, historically, has never stopped bad ideas from spreading.
Drawing on deep analysis of the historical record around the suppression of liberty in Europe and America, Dr. Wolf warns that by trading away traditional free speech, free assembly, and privacy rights, in a decade, Europeans won’t find themselves better off in any way – only disempowered and struggling with broken democracies.
Let Your Voice Be Heard: Sexual Harassment & Power
Following the unprecedented revelations of sexual harassment and assault – widespread in the entertainment business and disturbingly common among men of power – a huge underground reality has emerged as survivors tell their stories, not just of the offense, but of how their lives changed interminably.
Dr. Naomi Wolf tackles this issue with her usual pragmatism and sensibility, giving it historical context and exploring how predators are systematically protected to ruin so many lives, and how, as these stories continue to surface, the focus of the shame and guilt is shifting in an historic way. Wolf also covers the practical steps that victims and institutions can take for more safety and accountability.
For victims of sexual predation, harassment and assault, this uprising has forced the conversation, however difficult, about why this is happening, and how to begin to heal.
WOMEN, CONFIDENCE, AND COURAGE: HOW SELF-PROMOTION AND SELF-ASSERTION AT WORK TRANSLATE INTO SUCCESS
Many women have trouble speaking out effectively, especially in the workplace. No matter how skilled and brilliant they are, hesitancy can undermine them. Even when they do speak, they often have unconscious verbal patterns that hold them back — apologizing, breathiness, equivocation, sounding younger or less authoritative than their true selves.
Studies show that speaking skills, as well as strong writing skills, are most sought after by employers and these skills boost leaders’ income, status, and range of responsibilities. Studies also show that women measure themselves as needing growth in these areas.
Dr. Naomi Wolf has trained two generations of female leaders, of all ages and backgrounds, to speak and present with their own natural authority — opening doors for themselves in new ways. In this program, attendees receive one-on-one and group coaching, practice targeted exercises, and learn skills that have made Dr. Wolf’s training in speaking and presentation sought after by individuals and corporations.
*This program is available for half-day and full-day workshops.