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Gretchen Rubin

The Womens Conference

How She Empowers Others

Gretchen Rubin is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Happiness Project—an account of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. On her popular blog, The Happiness Project, she reports on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness.

The Happiness Project is more than a book and a blog, it’s a movement. Happiness Project groups have sprung up from San Francisco to Enid, Oklahoma to Johannesburg, where people meet to discuss their own happiness projects. Dozens of blogs have been launched by people following Gretchen’s example; hundreds of book groups have discussed the book; and rights for more than 31 foreign editions have been sold. Gretchen, an enthusiastic proponent of using technology to engage with readers about ideas, has a wide, active following on Twitter, on Facebook, and her monthly newsletter.

A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, Rubin started her career in law, and she was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she really wanted to be a writer.

Her bestselling Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill and Forty Ways to Look at JFK are succinct, provocative biographies. Power Money Fame Sex: A User’s Guide is biting social criticism in the form of a user’s manual. She also has three terrible novels safely locked in a desk drawer.

Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two young daughters.