About Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam questions the status quo and helps her readers rediscover their true passions and beliefs in pursuit of more meaningful lives.

Laura Vanderkam is the author of the forthcoming book I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Build Lives That Work (Portfolio, June 9, 2015). Based on a time diary study of 1001 days in the lives of professional women and their families, this book takes a practical approach to the question of how people combine work and family while enjoying their own sweet time too.

Laura is also the author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (Portfolio, 2013), 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Portfolio, 2010), and All the Money in the World: What the Happiest
People Know About Wealth
 (Portfolio, 2012). She is also the author of a novel,
The Cortlandt Boys, available as an ebook.

Laura is a frequent contributor to Fast Company’s website and a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors.

Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesReader’s DigestCity JournalFortune, and Prevention.

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 of all sizes, including graduating seniors at her high school, the Indiana Academy, who brought her back as a commencement speaker in 2006.

A 2001 graduate of Princeton, Laura enjoys running and singing and serves as the president of the board of trustees for the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and four children. She blogs daily at LauraVanderkam.com.


I would love to be a part of your next conference or professional networking event. You might enjoy me too! Of the 200+ people who found the time to fill out a feedback form after a recent event, 98% said they were very satisfied or satisfied with my time management speech. I am now booking events for 2015 — both large group lectures or more intimate workshops. Please contact me directly by email if you are interested.


“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

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