Kelly Corrigan

Best-Selling Author, Breast Cancer Survivor, Host of the PBS series Tell Me More

Kelly Corrigan may not be in school anymore, but that hasn’t stopped her from being a student for life. This successful journalist, gifted storyteller and bestselling author, who’s always had a strong interest in culture, caregiving and matters of society, has spent hundreds of hours interviewing some of the top change-makers in the world. She’s taken these lessons to heart — and to audiences across the country.

Constantly noted as one of the best storytellers around, Corrigan connects in a very intimate and empowering way. Described as touching, heartwarming and empathetic, Corrigan is just as likely to be called cool, funny, smart and irresistibly authentic. Her inspirational words elevate the experiences of everyday life and uplift our darkest moments with humor, humanity and unforgettable eloquence. And Corrigan has had plenty of adversity of her own. In 2004, she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Her children were both still in diapers at the time. Three months after her diagnosis, she learned her father had late-stage cancer. From undergoing her own treatments, while ensuring that her father received proper care, Corrigan learned how anyone can make a difference and motivates audiences to do the same.

Not surprising for someone who connects with everyone she interviews. Corrigan is the host of PBS’ Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan. On the series, which launched its second season in the fall, she talks with 10 influential leaders in their field who are deeply committed to making things better, she says. These insightful conversations educate and entertain as guests reflect on their lives and the impact they have on their worlds. Interviewees include artists, activists, philanthropists and even the coach of her favorite NBA team. Melinda Gates, David Byrne and Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr have all stopped by her studio, along with civil rights icon Delores Huerta, Selma Blair and Dr. Atul Gawande to name a few of her guests.

But that’s just the start. Corrigan also hosts her own podcast Kelly Corrigan Wonders, which she describes as a “place for people who like to laugh while they think.” On the podcast, she tackles a different question every month in a series of weekly conversations with some of her favorite thinkers. More lessons learned.

In addition to her TV series and podcast, Corrigan is the author of four New York Times bestselling memoirs, including Tell Me More, Glitter and Glue, The Middle Place and Lift. Her writings earned her the title of “The Poet Laureate of the ordinary” from Huffington Post and the “voice of a generation” from O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine.

In the spring of 2021, she published her first children’s book, Hello World, and is in the process of writing another one. She is also an accomplished columnist, appearing in O Magazine, Glamour and Good Housekeeping, and a dedicated volunteer and activist for healthcare and its specific impact on low-income children.

Session Track: Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)

Thursday, May 18 9:00 am – 9:45 am General Session | Hall B

A Brave World of Risk-Taking and Living a Life of Purpose

Alex Honnold is the only human to free solo Yosemite’s 3,000 ft. rock monolith, El Capitan. Jimmy Chin is one of the greatest adventure artist-athletes of his generation, respected for his groundbreaking climbing and skiing achievements and his award-winning photography, film, and book. Neither are strangers to dedication, hard work, unmatched mental focus, and taking calculated risks to achieve the impossible.  This keynote will explore unexpected paths to greatness, pursuing passion, and living a life that celebrates our planet and sustainability. You’ll hear how Honnold’s focus and work ethic propelled him to achieve greatness beyond any other human being. You’ll also hear about Chin’s recently released documentary, Wild Life, a story about love, conservation, and the founding of The North Face and Patagonia brands. Learn how these businesses, and yours, can achieve greatness through the pursuit of purpose. Hold on to your harness…if you use one, and get ready to be inspired!

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