If you want to be like Oprah Winfrey–and who doesn’t
–we have two words for you: Martha Beck.”
—Boston Globe


  • Thriving Through Change
  • Finding Your Own North Star
  • Leadership and Integrity
  • True Self, True Life, True Purpose

Martha Beck has a rare ability to see the world with wisdom and heart. She is a teacher in the truest sense of the word.
—Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection

It’s rare that so much wisdom can be found wrapped up in such comedy, such kindness, such lightness of touch.
—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love

Dr. Martha Beck is a New York Times bestselling author who has spent her career helping thousands of people create their best lives. She holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., all from Harvard University. Her passions include speaking, coaching, nature, pajamas, and YouTube videos of unlikely animal companions.

Martha’s published works include several self-help books and memoirs, including the New York Times and international bestsellers Finding Your Own North Star, The Joy Diet, and Expecting Adam. She has published over 150 magazine articles, including almost two decades of monthly columns for O, The Oprah Magazine. She also writes a monthly column for Maria Shriver’s digital newspaper, The Sunday Paper.

Martha’s newest book, The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self, was an instant New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club Selection.

Martha’s passion is helping people create lives that enrich themselves and the world around them. As “the best-known life coach in America,” (USA Today, NPR), she has spoken to audiences around the world on stage and on The Oprah Show, Good Morning America, and other television programs.

She's one of the smartest women I know."
—Oprah Winfrey

Martha spends several weeks each year in Africa, running wilderness-based seminars and donating the proceeds to ecosystem restoration and education for rural Africans. The rest of the time she lives in Pennsylvania with her family and other assorted creatures.

For more information on Martha, please visit her on Facebook and Instagram

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Speaking Engagements

If you’re looking for a speaker and think I might meet your needs, thank you: I’m honored. I love to speak and have done so hundreds of times, to groups ranging from small corporate gatherings to arenas filled with thousands of people.

I am happy to adapt my presentations to the needs of any sponsor. However, the topics I usually address include:

  • How to figure out the life course and direction that would best serve an individual or group.
  • How to connect with a sense of purpose as a person or an organization.
  • How to successfully navigate change in any area of personal or professional life.
  • How to set and achieve goals with maximum efficacy and minimum stress.
  • How to find clarity in times of chaos.
  • How to balance the multiple conflicting demands of modern life.
  • How to access and express creativity to solve any given challenge.

If you are interested in having me speak at your upcoming event, please click here:

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Corporate Events

Working with teams is a personal passion, and I have trained groups of managers in a variety of industries, from airplane manufacturing to fashion to high technology. If you’re considering me as a possible resource for your own professional group, here are topics I typically address:

  • How to use complementary skills and preferences as an asset, rather than a liability.
  • How to help each individual find their own sense of purpose, then expand that to the purpose of the group—making teamwork serve each member as well as the whole.
  • How to free up creativity to serve teams and team members.
  • How to successfully navigate the subtle social pressures and expectations that often make teams less than optimally effective.
  • How to manage up, down, or horizontally, creating goodwill and productivity between all members of a team.

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The Way of Integrity by Martha Beck book cover

The Way of Integrity

“This radiant book will not only change your life, but perhaps even save it.”
-Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic

Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live by Martha Beck book cover

Finding Your Own North Star

“Cheerful and perceptive.”
-Publisher’s Weekly

Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic by Martha Beck book cover

Expecting Adam

“Wickedly funny and wrenchingly sad.”
-Kirkus Reviews

Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith by Martha Beck book cover

Leaving The Saints

Leaving the Saints is a brave book. Martha Beck shares her journey out of religion and into faith and healing with heartbreaking candor, softened by wit and uplifted by a deep spiritual longing.”

-Sharon Salzberg, author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience

Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening by Martha Beck book cover

Diana, Herself

“This book is everything. It’s a romp, a fable, a myth, an inspiration, a teachable moment, a true hero’s journey, a cautionary tale, and a fairy tale for an entirely new (or rather, ANCIENT) species of fairies.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat Pray Love

Steering by Starlight: Find Your Right Life No Matter What by Martha Beck book cover

Steering by Starlight

“The best-known life coach in America.”

Psychology Today

Finding Your Way in a New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You want by Martha Beck book cover

Finding Your Way in a Wild New World

“In a world that seems more and more chaotic, this book gives readers new tools – tools that bridge the gap between science and magic – for steering a clear path to joyful lives.”

– Marci Shimoff, author of Love for No Reason

The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Martha Beck book cover

The Joy Diet

Martha Beck’s inimitable blend of wisdom, practical guidance, and humor will help you achieve the immediate gift of joyful living in the here and now.

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