About

Hello! I am a writer, journalist, and the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters (Crown). In my book, articles, and essays, I draw on psychology, philosophy and literature, as well as my own reporting, to write about the human experience—why we are the way we are and how we can find grace and meaning in a world that is full of suffering. My writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Atlantic, and other publications. 

I am an editor at the Stanford University's Hoover Institution, where I advise the Ben Franklin Circles project, a collaboration with the 92nd Street Y and Citizen University to build civic engagement in local communities. If you're interested in joining or starting one—it's not hard—please reach out to me here

Fun fact: I was born in Zurich, Switzerland. But I grew up in Montreal, Canada, and now live in Washington DC with my husband. I graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a master of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. 

For speaking engagements, I am exclusively represented by The Lavin Agency. Please visit my speaking page here for bio, topics, and videos. You may contact Charles Yao, Director of Intellectual Talent at Lavin, for more information, at cyao@thelavinagency.com.