About Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam is a nationally recognized writer who questions the status quo and helps her readers rediscover their true passions and beliefs in pursuit of more
meaningful lives.

Laura is the author of All The Money In The World: What The Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending (Portfolio, March 1, 2012), 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Portfolio, 2010), and Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career Without Paying Your Dues (McGraw-Hill, 2007). 

She is a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors, writes the “168 Hours” blog for CBS MoneyWatch, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Scientific American, Reader’s Digest, Prevention, Fortune.com, and other publications. She has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Today Show and Fox & Friends, hundreds of radio segments, and has spoken about time, money and productivity to audiences ranging from the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association to MTV’s employees to graduating seniors at her high school, the Indiana Academy, who brought her back as their commencement speaker in 2006. 

A 2001 graduate of Princeton, she enjoys running, writing fiction, and serving as president of the Board of Trustees for The Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, an organization which specializes in commissioning new music from composers under age 35. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, two young sons and baby daughter. 


If you are interested in having Laura speak at your next corporate meeting, association seminar and/or business book group for next year, she would love to be a part of your continuing education. Don’t hesitate to invite her to speak to your group, no matter the size. She is available for conference calls, webinars, management workshops and keynote lectures.

Contact Laura directly and for large group speeches, please contact the Penguin Speakers’ Bureau at speakersbureau@us.penguingroup.com.


“Our global marketing team was feeling overloaded and overwhelmed. Laura Vanderkam delivered on our corporate objectives and facilitated a session that got everyone thinking differently about time. Months later, everyone’s still talking about Laura … she gave us practical strategies and tools to improve our overall productivity, both at work and home. Her session was fascinating, energizing, and fun. Everyone walked out feeling like they could take on the world!” - Jennifer Donahue, DDI