Allison Gilbert: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Allison Gilbert

Award Winning Journalist & Author

"@agilbertwriter has a way to embrace our loved ones who have passed, so you can create a rich & fulfilling present” — Maria Shriver on Allison Gilbert

Allison Gilbert has covered nearly every major news story in the last 20 years — including 9/11, when she was on the job and nearly killed by falling debris. An Emmy award-winning journalist, Gilbert is also author of Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive, the first how-to book ever written that reveals 85 innovative ways to remember and celebrate the family and friends we never want to forget. Passed and Present has been featured in People Magazine and Arianna Huffington and Maria Shriver have tweeted about it. Gilbert’s life-affirming message has sparked a major forthcoming article in O, the Oprah Magazine, the piece focusing on the power of nostalgia to drive creativity and growth at home and work.

An exciting and empowering workshop leader and speaker, Gilbert helps people transform their personal and professional setbacks into opportunity. Using the illness and death of her own loved ones as a prism to explore individual crisis and growth, she has spoken to diverse groups such as Time Warner, NAFE (National Association for Female Executives), Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc., 92Y, JCC in Manhattan, Gilda’s Club, and the New York Public Library.

Gilbert’s other books include, Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children and Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents. She is also co-editor of Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11, the definitive historical record of how broadcast journalists covered that tragic day. The groundbreaking book was turned into a documentary by the U.S. State Department and distributed to embassies and consulates around the world. Gilbert is the only female journalist to be featured in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the emergency triage tag put around her neck is on display and her voice is introduced by Robert Ne Niro on the museum’s official audio tour.

A sought-after expert on resilience, grief, cancer prevention, and September 11, Gilbert has been featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Real Simple, and She writes for The Huffington Post and makes numerous TV and radio appearances on NPR, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABC, and CBS. Before launching her career as a full-time writer and speaker, Gilbert was a producer at CNN, WNBC-TV, and WABC-TV in New York, her work honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Associated Press, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She was part of the original launch teams for both New York 1 News and MSNBC.

Gilbert graduated from Georgetown University and lives outside New York City with her husband and two children.

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  • Turning Obstacles into Opportunities: How Setbacks at Home Can Spell Success at Work
  • Healing Heartbreak with Action-Driven Remembering

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