2017 HERWorld Keynote Announcement: Josh Levs

We’re pleased to announce today our first keynote for the HERWorld 17 Energy Forum.   Josh Levs, former CNN and Npastedimage_4PR journalist, expert on issues facing modern families and author of All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses–And How We Can Fix It Together  joins us.

The Financial Times named Levs one of the top 10 male feminists.  U.N. Women named him a Global Champion of Gender Equality.  A New York Times front-page story referred to him as “a pioneer.”  Forbes asked in a headline, “Can This Man Get Corporate America To Rethink An Anti-Dad Culture?”  His three-person team won a debate on feminism at the historic Oxford Union.  And Levs appeared on thecover of Boss Magazine’s May 2016 issue.  (See dozens of articles at joshlevs.com/news-reviews.)

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow called All In “fantastic;” the Washington Post’s Brigid Schulte called it a “must read,” and the Chicago Tribune called it “fascinating.”  NewsOne named it one of the top books of 2015.  And it won the Nautilus Gold Award, given to “books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities, and global citizens,” with a focus on “exceptional literary contributions.”

All In is endorsed by Maria Shriver, Bob Saget, the president of Change.org, a top official at Twitter, Roland Martin and numerous other prominent figures. It is “groundbreaking” and “should be mandatory reading for every CEO, HR, benefits and similar” professional, said Debra Isaacs Schafer, CEO of Education Navigation.

Levs frequently keynotes and moderates events.  His many appearances have included the United Nations, Google,Twitter, General Electric, the Massachusetts and Texas Conferences for Women, the Bay Area Women’s Summit, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, and the Power Shift Forum for Women in the World Economy.

A father of three, Levs focuses his book on dispelling myths about modern families and explaining the necessity of new policies such as paid family leave. All In shows that men and women gain from these changes.  Levs follows the money, detailing how and why the best family-friendly programs benefit businesses and the economy.

Levs tells his own story of taking on a policy at Time Warner that prevented him from being able to care for his newborn, preemie daughter and sick wife. As a result of his actions and the publicity surrounding them, the company revolutionized its policy, making it much better for dads and moms.  The change made the company better and stronger.

Levs met with Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill, pushing support for paid family leave.  He was invited to a meeting with Valerie Jarrett of the White House.  (“We need to bottle you up and take you around the country,” she told him at a public meeting.) And Levs teamed up with the nonpartisan New Hampshire Women’s Foundation to successfully make paid family leave a key issue in the presidential race.  The Nashua Chamber of Commerce described him as “a man that deeply values not only his family and personal life, but also the importance of innovation and business.”  Levs was part of the successful fight in 2016 to pass a paid family leave law in the state of New York.

In motivational talks, such as his popular TEDx Talk, he tells the story of creating his own career, doing the unexpected, and reaping the rewards.

Levs has received many of the highest honors in journalism, including six Peabody Awards and two Edward R. Murrow Awards.  A scholarship was awarded in his name at his alma mater, Yale University, and he was named a Journalist of the Year by the Atlanta Press Club.

Levs lives in Atlanta with his wife and children.