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Laura Vanderkam

Journalist and Author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending

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Laura Vanderkam, a New York City-based journalist, is the author of Grindhopping: Building a Rewarding Career without Paying Your Dues (McGraw-Hill, 2007), which the New York Post selected as one of four notable career books of 2007. She is a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors, and her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Scientific American, Reader’s Digest, Reason, and other publications. She specializes in translating complex economic, political, or scientific ideas into readable prose, and making people say, “I never thought of it that way before.”

A 2001 graduate of Princeton, she enjoys writing fiction, running, and singing soprano with the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, an organization for which she serves as president, and which specializes in commissioning new music from composers under age 35. She lives with her husband and two young boys.

Her most recent book, All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending, was published by Portfolio in March 2012.

Speaking Topics

  • 168 Hours

    Drawing on the themes from her book, Laura talks about how to manage the 168 hours we all have each week to get the most out of your professional and personal life.

  • The Core Competency Pare

    Laura shares strategies specifically tailored to working moms and dads on how to focus on what they do best at work and at home, and how to have enough time for both (and to sleep!).

  • Achieving the Career Breakthrough

    You can take your career to the next level in the middle of a full personal life by being smart about your work hours and following strategies successful people have used to navigate today’s competitive economy.

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168 Hours Book Trailer

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Featured Book

All the Money in the World

"Money is one of the most complex, emotionally charged issues within the larger subject of happiness. In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Laura Vanderkam explains how we can get the most happiness bang for our buck—right here and now, in the way we live our ordinary lives."

– Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

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