Brigid Schulte

Brigid Schulte

Director, Better Life Lab and The Good Life Initiative, New America

Brigid Schulte is the author of the New York Times bestselling book on time pressure, Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time, which named one of the notable books of the year by the Washington Post and NPR, and won the Virginia Library Association’s literary nonfiction award.


She has spoken all over the world about the causes and consequences of our unsustainable, always-on overwork culture, and how to make time for The Good Life by redesigning how we work, by re-imagining gender roles for a fairer division of labor and opportunity at work and home and, instead of seeking status in busyness, by recapturing the value of leisure. She was an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and The Washington Post Magazine and part of the team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Slate, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, Fast Company, Time, the Guardian and others. She has also been quoted as an expert or featured in numerous publications, including Fortune, the Financial Times and others, and has appeared on a number of TV and radio programs, including CNN, The BBC, Fresh Air with Terry Gross and NPR’s Morning Edition.


She now serves as the director of the nonpartisan think tank New America’s Better Life Lab, which uses data, storytelling, practical solutions and policy analysis to highlight how redesigning work, work-life enrichment, gender equity and well-designed family policies are keys to excellence, productivity and innovation, as well as full, authentic and meaningful lives for everyone. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Tom Bowman, a reporter for National Public Radio, and their two children. She grew up in Portland, Oregon and spent her summers with family in Wyoming, where she did not feel overwhelmed.


Visit her website for resources and sign up for her occasional newsletter, Toward Time Serenity, on the art and science of The Good Life.Join the ongoing discussion about making time for work, love and play on her Facebook page. And follow her on twitter @BrigidSchulte


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