Keynote Speaker: Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee 

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Internationally Recognized Journalist, Bestselling Author & Conversationalist

Celeste Headlee has covered all the media platforms during her 20-year career—public radio, national television, presidential coverage, and podcasts. She is an internationally recognized journalist, radio host, and bestselling author whose TEDx Talk, "10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation," has over 26 million views. Celeste is also the president and CEO of a nonprofit working to bring racial justice and equity to journalism and media. As school board members, much of your time is spent talking—to each other, administrators, educators, staff, students, and community members. Current public discourse aside, many of us aren’t great conversationalists. During the Second General Session & Luncheon, Celeste will show school board members the way to have more productive conversations and share actionable steps to improve your communication skills.


Celeste At IASB's 77th Annual Convention

Second General Session & Luncheon

Connecting and Communicating in a New Normal

Thursday, Nov. 17 at Noon

The new normal. It’s the latest buzzword aimed at describing the culture we’re all adapting to in a post-pandemic world. The way many people work has changed—hybrid, in-person, or virtual—which means the way we communicate and collaborate has also changed. Even more challenging is that the conversations we are having are often centered around difficult and polarizing topics.

Rather than falling back on old habits, consider that it might be time to embrace the notion that communication and collaboration has changed forever. Whether it’s at the board table, or with community members, parents or legislators, it’s more important now than ever to have authentic connections and meaningful conversations.

Enter Celeste Headlee, award-winning career journalist, bestselling author and creator of the “10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation” TEDx Talk with more than 26 million views. Headlee will share actionable steps your board team can work through, even providing her 10 tips resource to use as a guide, to connect and communicate more effectively in the new normal. Her philosophy, which starts with simply listening more while also practicing patience and compassion, will help improve your conversational skills for strengthened relationships.

You’ll leave feeling more than inspired—you’ll feel empowered to embrace your differences, encourage collaboration, and have more productive conversations.


Full Biography

Meet Celeste

Celeste Headlee is an internationally recognized journalist and radio host, professional speaker and author of bestselling book We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter and Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving.  Her latest is Speaking of Race: Why Everyone Needs to Talk About Racism and How to Do It. Her TEDx Talk, "10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation," has been viewed over 26 million times.
In her 20-year career in public radio, Celeste has been the Executive Producer of On Second Thought at Georgia Public Broadcasting and anchored programs including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, Here and Now, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She also served as co-host of the national morning news show, The Takeaway, from PRI and WNYC, and anchored presidential coverage in 2012 for PBS World Channel. Celeste is a regular guest host on NPR and American Public Media. She is the host of Newsweek’s “Debate” podcast, and hosts a podcast for the National Gallery of Art called “Sound Thoughts on Art.” She is also the host of “Women Amplified,” a podcast from the Conferences for Women, the largest network of women’s conferences in the nation, drawing more than 50,000 people to its annual events.
Celeste is also the president and CEO of Headway DEI, a non-profit that works to bring racial justice and equity to journalism and media through targeted training and interventions, and she serves on the board for the National Center for Race Amity. Celeste is the granddaughter of composer William Grant Still, known as the Dean of Black American Composers and she is a trained operatic soprano. She lives in the DC area with rescue dog, Samus.



Interview: Keynoter Celeste Headlee & IASB Convention Director Tiffany Rudd

Hear from our Second General Session & Luncheon Keynoter, Celeste Headlee, as she shares tips and questions to consider at the board table.


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