An Author and an Editor

Celeste Headlee is a journalist, author, TED speaker, and DEI specialist.

She's an expert in conversation, human nature, reclaiming common humanity and finding well-being, Celeste frequently provides insight on what is good for all humans and what is bad for us, focusing the best research in neuro and social science to increase understanding of how we relate with one another and can work together in beneficial ways in our workplaces, neighborhoods, communities and homes. She is a regular guest host on NPR and American Public Media and a highly sought consultant, advising companies around the world on conversations about race, diversity and inclusion. Her TEDx Talk outlining 10 ways to have a better conversation has over 24 million total views.

In 2021, Celeste founded a non-profit that specializes in anti-racism training and interventions, especially for media and journalistic organizations. Learn more here: Headway Training.

Celeste has written three books.

Speaking of Race is a guide to productive conversations about race, how to approach the topic and how to get through the discussion without arguing or feeling defensive.

Do Nothing examines our addiction to productivity and the toxic hustle culture. It's a deep, carefully researched dive into the roots of our society's worship of hard work and long hours, and why it's so dangerous to our health, plus tips on how to break away from the addiction to work and no longer feel guilty when sit and relax.

We Need to Talk is based on Celeste's TED talk that has more than 24 million views worldwide. It's a powerful testament to the importance of good conversation and active listening, relying scientific research and two decades of experience as a professional interviewer.

Susan Green has three decades of experience as a law and policy advocate on behalf of working women and men. Among other positions, she served as Chief Labor Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, held high-ranking appointments at the U.S. Department of Labor, and represented labor unions and migrant farmworkers in federal and state courts across the country.

Her work has always involved translating complex topics for mainstream audiences. She routinely helps economists, policy analysts, and others to express their ideas. In three years as senior review editor of an online publication, she edited over 300 book reviews for organization, clarity, and style.

At present she serves as an Affiliated Researcher at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and teaches “The American Constitution” and “The Supreme Court and Women’s Rights” to undergraduates at American University.

Check out her website here.