Speaking

In her writing and speaking, Lehmann-Haupt offers life strategies to social trends that intimately affect women’s lives. Her specialties include the future of family life, career timing, and the influence of science and technology on fertility and pregnancy. She has been featured ABC’s Good Morning America and she has spoken on numerous panels at bookstores, hospitals and corporate events, and has delivered talks at universities.

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Topics:

Your Biological Clock: Balancing Your Fertility, Relationship, and Career


In this modern age, planning your life course is a tricky balancing act between career and family that often involves re-planning. Based on her own experience and the stories she gathered in her book, In Her Own Sweet Time, she can speak to the new array of choices that we have from “instant families” to “egg freezing” to “DIY motherhood.”

Themes: Work-Life balance, career, fertility, advanced reproductive technology

Who’s it for: For law, medical and business graduate students as well as undergrads, women’s business organizations, alumni groups, and corporation looking to help their workers with cutting edge progressive thinking.

Based on Your Tango video: Stop Worrying About Your Biological Clock

Why I Froze My Eggs: The Pill of the Technology Generation

Through her personal story, Lehmann-Haupt can describe the experience and explain the pros and cons of this choice, the cultural stir it has created, and the challenge of advanced reproductive technology in general in women’s and men’s lives and family planning.

Based on Newsweek article, “Why I Froze My Eggs”  and NPR “Talk of the Nation” Interview

Themes: Work-Life balance, career, fertility, advanced reproductive technology

Who’s it for: For law, medical and business graduate students as well as undergrads, women’s business organizations, alumni groups, and corporation looking to help their workers with cutting edge progressive thinking. 

The Future of the American Family

Through her own story about how and why she became a Single Mother by Choice, or DIY Mom, a phrase she coined,  Lehmann-Haupt offers a glimpse into the future of the American Family. The traditional nuclear family is now only 25 percent of the population. The majority is now dominated by all the new configurations: two mothers and two fathers, loving step parents, committed non married couples, singles, and financially stable single mothers by choice whose children are created with sperm donors or through co-parenting agreements, some who met on-line through match-making websites. Robin Beers, a “Single Mom by Choice” calls the new family options “Open Source Family.” The idea is that families are no longer the traditional closed fiefdom of the nuclear family connected through biology, but rather an open community with a variety of emotional and biological connections that hold them together.

Based on stories, “The We of Single Motherhood

Themes: Advanced Reproductive Technology, Changing shape of family, Single motherhood.

Who’s it for: For law, medical and business graduate students as well as undergrads, women’s business organizations, alumni groups, and corporation looking to help their workers with cutting edge progressive thinking.

Past Speaking Appearances:

2005: Gave keynote address at UCLA Business School’s The Networked Home conference. Adapted speech from essay, “The Multi-Talking Man,” which appeared in Rebecca Walker’s What Makes A Man: 21 Writers Imagine the Future (Riverhead books, 2005)

2009: Participated in the panel “The Future of Reproduction: A Personal and Global Perspective” at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

2010:  Woman and the Machine: Publishing, Technology, and the Female Brain
 There have been many gains for women in the last forty years, but we still need a big push to increase the numbers heading up technology firms and choosing careers in science and engineering. Do women feel the sting of “stereotype threat” in start-up environments and other tech-heavy fields where men seem to jump in with both feet? Perhaps we’ll do better when we understand the wiring of our female brains? In this session, our panelists explore what happens when women embrace technology and build the machines of the digital age.
 Sara Öhrvall, Bonnier Group, 
Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, author, media consultant 
Deborah M. Soon, Catalyst (shown)
 Moderator: Kara Swisher, D: All Things Digital