Nora McInerny

2021 Speaker

NORA McINERNY is a writer whose pieces have appeared in the New York Times, TIME magazine, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Time, Slate, Vox, and the Washington Post. She specializes in difficult conversations: death, loss, illness, mental health, trauma, change, and how to move forward with grief with resilience, joy, love and humor. From having the fourth most popular TED Talk of 2019, to her work as the creator and host of the podcast Terrible Thanks for Asking, she regularly dives into the topics most people avoid with refreshing candor, heart and humor. In doing so, she draws upon her own story of profound loss: During six hellish weeks in 2014, McInerny miscarried her second baby, lost her Dad to cancer and became a widow at age 31 when her husband died from brain cancer. In the ensuing years, she became a “reluctant grief specialist,” best-selling memoirist, and founder. She uses her personal story about living through loss, grief, change and new beginnings to engage with audiences on a deeply personal and universally human level. McInerny is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too), The Hot Young Widows Club: Lessons on Survival from the Front Lines of Grief, and No Happy Endings: A Memoir. Her award-winning podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking has been praised for its ability to “continuously, unapologetically, ferociously plows into subjects most people are too uncomfortable to touch” (The Atlantic). She also founded the non-profit organization Still Kickin, which provides grants to help others in need of medical financial support and the Hot Young Widows Club. @ttfapodcast

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