Kelly Williams Brown

2018 Speaker

KELLY WILLIAMS BROWN is the New York Times-bestselling author of Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, which addresses everything from finding a non-awful apartment to negotiating for a raise at work. Her second book, Gracious: The Subtle Art of Charm, Tact & Unsinkable Strength, seeks to define good manners in an age that can be a bit rude. Brown’s work has appeared on or in the New York Timesthe Today ShowCosmopolitanVogueEsquireThe Boston Globe, Fast Company and many more, and been translated into nine languages. The Washington Post called her “a Millennial advice-guru,” and her TEDx Talk, I’m a Millennial, and I am a Monster was a editor’s pick of the week. She’s also spoken at NASA, universities across the country, and was invited to the White House to facilitate a conversation about student loans with President Obama in partnership with Tumblr. She has worked as a long-form features writer, a humor columnist for The Daily Beast, a cocktail waitress on Bourbon Street, and for several years covered rural Mississippi for a daily newspaper, which has left her with a lifetime supply of ridiculous anecdotes to tell at cocktail parties. @thegraciousbook


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