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Eileen Rockefeller

Author, Social Entrepreneur, and Venture Philanthropist


The first Rockefeller woman to write a personal family memoir, Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself, Eileen Rockefeller gives readers a look inside one of the most important families in American history. As the youngest of six children and twenty-two cousins, Eileen learned early that great wealth and fame could open almost any door, but could not buy personal worth. Her intimate stories affirm how family and friendships shape us, whatever the circumstances of our birth, and create mirrors to becoming ourselves.

Eileen is co-chair of her family’s generational association, the founding chair of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers, founder of the Institute for the Advancement of Health, and co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She and her husband of 32 years also manage their own philanthropic fund that catalyzes actions to stem climate change. They have two grown sons and live on an organic farm in Vermont. 

Speaking Topics

  • Being a Rockefeller/Becoming Myself: Strategies for a Meaningful Life

    Eileen shares her search for identity in one of America’s best-known families. Her authentic and often humorous stories will inspire others to find their own place of belonging. She will share stories of how she came to understand her siblings and find points of connection with each of them, as well with other family members.

  • What We Need Versus Saving the World in an Age of Materialism

    Exploring the values that contribute to a healthy family and life, Eileen talks about her own family’s legacy, and how nature became a great substitute for material pleasures. She describes it in the context of her paternal heritage of finding refuge and restoration in nature.

  • Social and Emotional Learning: How to Use it in Relationship, Parenting and Education

    Building on the recent Boston marathon bombing, Eileen will define social and emotional learning, and talk about how this kind of intelligence, which she learned as a child, is central to success in raising and educating children, and in building a healthy society. Using her own experience, she will describe various examples that can be used as tools for success in school, family, friendships, marriage and parenting.

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Featured Book

Being A Rockefeller, Becoming Myself, A Memoir

"A beautifully written book that will touch many people in a very personal way. In Eileen Rockefeller's stories we learn not only that love heals but that only love heals, and that being fortunate in life has nothing to do with material goods but lies in being truly loved for yourself, exactly as you are."

– Rachel Naomi Remen, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather's Blessings

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