Keynote Address: Doris Kearns Goodwin to speak on ‘Leadership in Turbulent Times’
COVID-19 pandemic puts our leaders to the test.
Saturday, October 9
8:45-10 a.m. (PT)
ASA is excited to welcome Doris Kearns Goodwin as this year’s Keynote Speaker. She will speak at tomorrow’s Opening Session on “Leadership in Turbulent Times.” Often referred to as America’s “Historian-in-Chief,” Goodwin is one of the country's most celebrated presidential historians, having written genre-defining books on our country's greatest leaders, including presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt.
In her presentation, Goodwin will share the insights she has gleaned from her five decades of research and public service. Her seventh book, the New York Times best-selling “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” is a culmination of her work on presidents Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Johnson – men who all shared fierce ambition, resilience, and a moral purpose that guided them in times when it seemed their challenges would overwhelm them. The book provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field, and for all of us in our everyday lives.
Goodwin is a captivating communicator. You have likely seen her on various news programs or through educational institutions that call upon her to discuss issues related to leadership. She has appeared in several documentaries, including Ken Burns' “Baseball” and “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.” In 1995, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt – The Home Front in World War II.”
As we begin to look beyond the pandemic to a future marked by uncertainty, Goodwin believes that history provides important and meaningful lessons. Not since the Great Depression and World War II has our nation experienced such collective hardships. In her latest book, she helps us understand how President Roosevelt's leadership created a triple alliance among government, business, and the American people that helped us endure sacrifices, achieve an astonishing productivity, and initiate systemic changes that ultimately showed our resilience and helped us persevere. History, she says, provides lessons, provides solace, and provides hope.
As ASA's leadership training resources continue to grow – and as anesthesiologists increasingly attain top-level leadership positions – Ms. Goodwin's presence couldn't be more appropriate and timely. Get there early to hear from one of the nation's most respected authorities on leadership and its absolute necessity in a challenging age.
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