Public Speaker Mark Matousek with Speaking Matters, a speakers bureau

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Mark Matousek


  • Thriving in Adversity: The Art and Science of Resilience

Travels from: New York City

Mark Matousek is a writer, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on the themes of resilience, authenticity, and self-discovery.

His book When You're Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living forms the basis for his work on the subject of resilience. Matousek explores how we use the inevitable adversity that each of us faces in life to discover new strength, transform our story, and experience life to its fullest. In addition to his book, over the last two decades Matousek has interviewed hundreds of people who have bounced back from difficulty and written about their experiences in many of our top national publications.

Matousek is also the author of Ethical Wisdom: What Makes Us Good, an overview of emerging moral science, as well as two acclaimed memoirs: The Boy He Left Behind: A Man's Search For His Lost Father (Book of the Month Club, QPB, Los Angeles Times Discovery book, winner of the Randy Shilts Prize for Non-Fiction in 2001) and Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story (1996), an international bestseller published in thirteen countries.

A former senior editor of Interview Magazine (under the late Andy Warhol), Matousek has been a contributing editor to O: The Oprah Magazine and Tricycle, as well as culture columnist for Harper's Bazaar. He has written extensively on psychology, religion, and popular culture for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Details, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, The Chicago Tribune, AARP Magazine, Out, The Utne Reader, and others, with essays anthologized in Oprah's Live Your Best Life, Wrestling With the Angel, Voices of the Millennium and elsewhere.

He has taught writing at Manhattanville College, Purchase, and served as a frequent panelist at The New School for Social Research, Whole Life Expo, Miami Book Fair, and St. Petersburg Times Spring Book Conference. He was awarded fellowships to The MacDowell Colony and Worcester College, Oxford. Born in Los Angeles and educated at the University of California, Berkeley (M.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude), Matousek lives in New York City.

A leading expert on resilience, Matousek has been featured on numerous television and radio programs here and abroad, and teaches in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. His message is powerful and direct. "When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed."

Preview Videos:

How Do You Live?

Truth Story Transformation

Radio Interview:

When You're Falling Dive


The Insecurity Paradox

How Do You Live?

"Mark Matousek is an extraordinary speaker. His talk on resilience was the highlight of this year's GATE Conference. Powerful, inspiring, and deeply authentic, his work comes from decades of journalistic research and a lifetime of personal experience. Mark is one of those rare presenters who walks the talk, connects with the audience, and leaves his listeners feeling uplifted... with practical tools and a great deal of wisdom for how to live a better life. We look forward to having him back next year!"

John Raatz,
Founder and President,
The Visioneering Group