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Openness is our greatest human resource.


My intention is to make the world a better place, one conversation at a time. I bring two decades of experience, insight, and innovation to the global conversation about race and gender, art and culture, and politics and power. I engage with audiences through writing and editing books, teaching and speaking at colleges and corporate campuses, blogging, social media, contributing to popular magazines and literary and academic journals, hosting and appearing on national and international radio programs, and developing and appearing in film and television projects. I have also founded non-profits.

My memoirs include the NY Times Bestseller Black, White and Jewish and the critically acclaimed Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence; I have also edited a few anthologies: To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism, What Makes a Man: 22 Writers Imagine the Future, One Big Happy Family, and my latest, BLACK COOL. My writing has appeared in Glamour, The Washington Post, Bookforum, BOMB, Newsweek, Vibe, Real Simple, Modern Bride, Essence, Interview, and so many other magazines and literary collections I can't remember them all. I've appeared on Charlie Rose, Good Morning America, Oprah, Fresh Air, BET, and dozens of other blogs, sites, and other media. My first novel, Adé: A Love Story, is currently being adapted for film, with producer Bruce Cohen and Debra Martin Chase.  

I have addressed audiences at hundreds of universities and corporate campuses including Harvard, Brown, MIT, Oberlin, Seattle University, Yale, Tufts, MIT, Grinnell, Colgate, Hamilton, Vanderbilt, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Xavier, Morehouse, Whitman, The University of Utrecht, The University of Linkoping, Rollins College, Union College, JP Morgan Chase, and Microsoft. I have participated in creative collaborations at the Walker Art Center, The Hammer Museum, the Headlands Center for the Arts, The Ministries of Gender and Culture of Estonia, The Jewish Museum in New York, Mocca: The Amsterdam Cultural Education Foundation, and the Merz Foundation in Turin.

Time Magazine named me one of the most influential leaders of my generation. I had a ball writing a parenting blog for The Root for a year. In another fortuitous moment of grace, Mike Nichols invited me to co-star in his wicked smart film, Primary Colors, with Emma Thompson and John Travolta. I did and had an amazing time playing, well, myself at that age. Most recently I worked with the amazing Jill Soloway and appeared on the powerful Amazon series Transparent

When I'm not doing all of the above, I write and develop television projects, and teach a week-long master class for creatives at various locations around the world.