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Award-winning journalist and breast cancer survivor, Joan Lunden has been one of the nation’s most trusted voices and personalities for over 30 years. The author of 8 books, the former Good Morning America anchor has used her visible career to raise awareness and build supportive networks for cancer patients and working women balancing their careers with family. Through her speaking, online presence, and advocacy she continues to bring the latest tips and findings to the general public so that they can create a healthy lifestyle for a better tomorrow.

As host of Good Morning America for nearly 2 decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, she reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents, 5 Olympics, and kept Americans up-to-date on how to care for their health, their families, and their homes.

In 2014 Lunden publicly announced her battle with triple-negative breast cancer and documented her treatment on her video blog on JoanLunden.com. Declared cancer free in 2015, she has made it her mission to share her battle and the transformative effect it has had on her life, in her new book Had I Known and through her online channel ALIVE with Joan, a resource and platform for women surviving and living with breast cancer. Every day, women visit Lunden’s website for helpful information about cancer, health, wellness, lifestyle tips, family and boomer information.

Being a part of the sandwich generation Lunden’s demographic is far-reaching. She, like many Boomers in America is a working mother (of 7 including two young sets of twins, ages 9 & 11), and has cared for an aging parent; so she truly understands the stresses women face today. Lunden brings that experience to all her projects, whether they focus on parenting, healthy aging, family caregiving, or health & wellness. She is the spokesperson for the nation’s leading senior referral service, A Place for Mom and in the past has served as spokesperson for several other organizations including The American Heart Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and The American Lung Association.

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For over 3 decades, Joan Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes. As the longest running host ever on early morning TV, for nearly two decades Lunden greeted viewers each morning on Good Morning America bringing insight to the day’s top stories. Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 5 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, woman’s health & wellness advocate, and mom of seven – she continues to be one of America’s most recognized and trusted personalities. Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman.

With her career focused on health, wellness, and inspiration, Lunden has continued to be a reassuring and informative presence in American homes for more than 30 years. In June of 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, which required chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Lunden made a decision to take her battle public and has since shared her journey through cancer treatment with the world, becoming a prominent voice in the breast cancer community.

An eternal optimist, Lunden decided to turn her diagnosis into an opportunity to help others in the breast cancer community. From her consistent journaling throughout her breast cancer journey, Lunden wrote a book entitled Had I Known, which documents her battle with cancer as well as takes a reflective look back on her life and career. As an advocate Joan seeks out ways to promote change on Capitol Hill, is a special correspondent for the TODAY Show’s Pink Power series, and actively communicates with women daily both through her social media and on her website JoanLunden.com.

Every day, women visit Lunden’s website for helpful information about cancer, health, wellness, lifestyle tips, family and boomer information.

Being a part of the sandwich generation Lunden’s demographic is far-reaching. She, like many Boomers in America is a working mother (of 7 including two young sets of twins, ages 9 & 11), and has cared for an aging parent; so she truly understands the stresses women face today. Lunden brings that experience to all her projects, whether focusing on parenting, healthy ageing, family caregiving, or health & wellness. Lunden is the spokesperson for the nation’s leading senior referral service, A Place for Mom; and has a skincare line, Murad Resurgence.

Lunden has served as national spokesperson for various organizations such as The American Heart Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The American Lung Association, The American Red Cross, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Colon Cancer Alliance. She speaks regularly around the country about health & wellness, parenting, success & balance in life, and more.

One of the most visible women in America, Lunden has graced the covers of more than 50 magazines and book covers.

Her books include:

  • Had I Known; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregiving; Growing Up Healthy: Protecting Your Child From Diseases Now Through Adulthood; Wake-Up Calls; A Bend in the Road is Not the End of the Road; Joan Lunden’s Healthy Living; Joan Lunden’s Healthy Cooking; Mother’s Minutes Your Newborn Baby;
  • and

  • Good Morning, I’m Joan Lunden
  • . She also hosts the exercise video Workout America.
    She speaks regularly on health & wellness, success & defining your brand, philanthropy and giving back, successful parenting, and more.


    Joan Lunden Speaker Videos Back to top

    Keynote Speech


    Joan Lunden debunks some common misconceptions about breast cancer and prevention, sharing personal information about her own battle and the story of how her diagnosis was almost completely missed. After getting a clean bill of health from her annual mammogram, she underwent an ultrasound that revealed that she had cancer.

    None of her doctors had ever told her to get an ultrasound; Lunden had made it part of her annual testing routine after a serendipitous conversation she had while interviewing the internationally renowned breast cancer specialist, Dr. Susan Love, who asked her off camera if she got tested every year. When Lunden commented that her mammograms were often hard to read due to her high fibrous breast tissue, Dr. Love told her she needed to be getting ultrasounds as well.

    “Thank god I listened to that woman,” Lunden reflects. “Otherwise I wouldn’t have known to get that test that day and I would have walked out that door…thinking that everything was fine - when I had a very fast-growing aggressive tumor in my right breast.”

    Keynote Speech


    Award Acceptance Speech



    Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


    In her refreshingly straightforward but warm style, Joan Lunden shares the candid advice that has motivated her throughout her career, inspiring audiences to take charge of their health, their happiness, and their success. Known best as one the nation’s most trusted reporters, Joan is also a breast care survivor, a former caregiver to her late mother, and a woman who has balanced a high profile career with raising a family of seven children. She offers realistic insights and memorable advice on how to live a full and vibrant life while meeting the challenges that arise in professional life, family life, and often our own health and wellbeing.

    A Bend in the Road is not the End of the Road

    Joan speaks frequently on the topics of motivation, inspiration and change. Leaving her seat on Good Morning America after two decades, making her the longest-running morning show host ever, Joan had to deal with reinventing herself in front of millions of Americans. She has toured with Tony Robbins sharing her "10 Positive Principles for Dealing with Change." The Ten Best Secrets to Success

    Joan shares her personal story of making it to the top of the tough television news business as well as how she reinvented herself launching her own Smart&Simple Solution brand on QVC. Joan also discusses what she’s learned from highly successful business tycoons to U.S. Presidents that she’s interviewed over her three decades as a journalist. As one of the most well-known working moms in the country, Joan also talks about balancing home and family: how to keep your family values, still have dinner together and have “non-texting” family time all the while being a successful working woman.

    The Secrets To Living Younger Longer

    With three best-selling books on health; Healthy Cooking, Healthy Living and Growing up Healthy, Joan is constantly asked how she remains so young and vibrant. In this personal and motivational talk, Joan shares what she’s learned from the experts she’s interviewed and how she stays at the top of her game.

    Now That We Have It All, How Do We Do it All?

    On the topic of women′s changing roles and balancing work and family, Joan shares her personal story as one of the first women in America to bring her baby to work when she became the host of Good Morning America, setting a trend for corporations across the country. Joan takes a historical look at how life has changed dramatically for women in America over the past few decades, from her interviews with women’s activist Gloria Steinem to Betty Freidan on her social-changing book The Feminine Mystique to Gail Sheehy on the passages of women’s lives. Joan explores some of the new challenges women face holding down jobs outside the home while caring for their families, in this national debate about women′s roles that is still going strong today.

    America’s Next Health Crisis; Caring for Our Aging Parents as People Live Longer Than Ever Before

    66 million Americans are caregivers for someone they love, and that is 30% of the U.S. population. Some experts are predicting that figure will triple over the next decade. A longer life expectancy has led to an increased demand for family members to serve as caregivers. Caregiving can be a demanding, stressful and seemingly thankless job and often devastates families economically. It is without doubt this is the next health crisis facing our country.

    Joan shares her personal experience of caring for her 93 year old mother while still working and raising young children. We all know that the day will come when we have to deal with the demise of parent, a spouse or another family member. There is no escaping this aspect of life; however many find it difficult to discuss end-of-life issues. However Joan does just that as host of RLTV’s Taking Care with Joan Lunden, a program about family caregiving, and also as co-author of the soon-to-be-released Chicken Soup for the Soul; Family Caregivers. Joan discusses her seven secrets to success for caregivers.

    I Was Not Born Blonde or Jewish

    A personal account of moving East to the Big Apple, making it in the media and converting to Judaism, all choices that played a part in shaping Joan’s life. This is a humorous yet inspirational discussion about how one’s life choices can bring them happiness.

    Had I Known
    Former host of Good Morning America, health advocate, international speaker, mother of seven, grandmother of one and New York Times bestselling author, Joan Lunden, speaks candidly about her battle against breast cancer and her quest to learn about it and teach others, and the transformative effect it has had on her life.

    With a large extended family counting on her, giving up was not an option. After announcing her diagnosis of Stage 2 Triple Negative Breast Cancer on Good Morning America,, people all over the country rallied around Joan as she went into warrior mode. Joan appeared on the cover of People Magazine bald, showing the world her brave resolve and that breast cancer does not need to define you.

    Joan’s illness has changed her in profoundly unexpected ways and has redefined her values and most of all, her health. Following a new clean and healthy way of eating, Joan became her best advocate by taking control of her nutrition, which helped combat the adverse side effects of chemotherapy like a warrior.

    Uncharacteristically vulnerable, irreverent and straight from the heart, this presentation is a deeply personal and powerful story of pain, persistence, and perseverance in which Joan openly evaluates her decision to go public with her battle, shaving her head, wig shopping, re-connecting with her viewers, rediscovering her purpose, and ultimately realizing that sometimes you have to look back to move forward.

    Joan also speaks on:

    • My Breast Cancer Journey.
    • From Career to Caregiving and Everything in Between
    • Embracing Change: The New Reality for Your Family's Future
    • Fostering Leadership and Achieving Dreams
    • My Journey From Small Town Sacramento to The Big Apple


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    "Joan is a perfict mix of intelligence, thoughtful advice, and inspiration mixed with great humor!"
    - Ann Cameron, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma

    “We received a lot of positive feedback from everyone in attendance and we were absolutely thrilled with how the session went. You were a truly captivating speaker and provided us all with a lot of life lessons and advice that will stick with us for life.”
    - Abigail Flora, Stanford GSB Women in Management MBA Candidate




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    "Joan is a perfict mix of intelligence, thoughtful advice, and inspiration mixed with great humor!"
    - Ann Cameron, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma

    “We received a lot of positive feedback from everyone in attendance and we were absolutely thrilled with how the session went. You were a truly captivating speaker and provided us all with a lot of life lessons and advice that will stick with us for life.”
    - Abigail Flora, Stanford GSB Women in Management MBA Candidate


    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers: 101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice, and Bonding
    Do you have a family member who requires constant care? You are not alone. This collection offers support and encouragement in its 101 stories for family caregivers of all ages, including the “sandwich” generation caring for a family member while raising their children. With stories by those on the receiving end of the care too. These stories of love, sacrifice, and lessons will inspire and uplift family members making sacrifices to make sure their loved ones are well cared for, whether in their own homes or elsewhere.
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    Growing Up Healthy
    Whether you′re expecting a child, are the parent of a newborn, a toddler, a school-aged child, or an adolescent...if they′re under your guidance you still have a chance to offer them the gift of a healthy, disease-free life.

    We as parents have it within our power to help protect our children from disease and very possibly lengthen their lives. By paying careful attention to the foods our children are eating, by teaching them about nutrition and making some important alterations in their diets, we can become take-action parents on the front lines against future illness.

    Growing Up Healthy contains the lifesaving knowledge we all need to shield our children from disease and help them grow into strong, fit adults. Based on groundbreaking research that shows the link between childhood nutrition and chronic illness in later years, this landmark book shows how feeding our children right during the years when their young bodies are growing can lessen and even prevent their risk of developing many debilitating and deadly chronic adult diseases -- obesity, heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer.

    In Growing Up Healthy, Joan Lunden, one of America′s most trusted journalists and most visible working moms, teams up with Dr. Myron Winick, a leading expert in childhood nutrition, to produce a guide that shows how to feed our children from birth through adolescence; how to teach our children good health and eating habits; how to protect them from the ravages of so-called "adult diseases"; and how to add quality years to our children′s life span.
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    A Bend in the Road is not the End of the Road

    Joan speaks frequently on the topics of motivation, inspiration and change. Leaving her seat on Good Morning America after two decades, making her the longest-running morning show host ever, Joan had to deal with reinventing herself in front of millions of Americans. She has toured with Tony Robbins sharing her "10 Positive Principles for Dealing with Change." The Ten Best Secrets to Success

    Joan shares her personal story of making it to the top of the tough television news business as well as how she reinvented herself launching her own Smart&Simple Solution brand on QVC. Joan also discusses what she’s learned from highly successful business tycoons to U.S. Presidents that she’s interviewed over her three decades as a journalist. As one of the most well-known working moms in the country, Joan also talks about balancing home and family: how to keep your family values, still have dinner together and have “non-texting” family time all the while being a successful working woman.

    The Secrets To Living Younger Longer

    With three best-selling books on health; Healthy Cooking, Healthy Living and Growing up Healthy, Joan is constantly asked how she remains so young and vibrant. In this personal and motivational talk, Joan shares what she’s learned from the experts she’s interviewed and how she stays at the top of her game.

    Now That We Have It All, How Do We Do it All?

    On the topic of women′s changing roles and balancing work and family, Joan shares her personal story as one of the first women in America to bring her baby to work when she became the host of Good Morning America, setting a trend for corporations across the country. Joan takes a historical look at how life has changed dramatically for women in America over the past few decades, from her interviews with women’s activist Gloria Steinem to Betty Freidan on her social-changing book The Feminine Mystique to Gail Sheehy on the passages of women’s lives. Joan explores some of the new challenges women face holding down jobs outside the home while caring for their families, in this national debate about women′s roles that is still going strong today.

    America’s Next Health Crisis; Caring for Our Aging Parents as People Live Longer Than Ever Before

    66 million Americans are caregivers for someone they love, and that is 30% of the U.S. population. Some experts are predicting that figure will triple over the next decade. A longer life expectancy has led to an increased demand for family members to serve as caregivers. Caregiving can be a demanding, stressful and seemingly thankless job and often devastates families economically. It is without doubt this is the next health crisis facing our country.

    Joan shares her personal experience of caring for her 93 year old mother while still working and raising young children. We all know that the day will come when we have to deal with the demise of parent, a spouse or another family member. There is no escaping this aspect of life; however many find it difficult to discuss end-of-life issues. However Joan does just that as host of RLTV’s Taking Care with Joan Lunden, a program about family caregiving, and also as co-author of the soon-to-be-released Chicken Soup for the Soul; Family Caregivers. Joan discusses her seven secrets to success for caregivers.

    I Was Not Born Blonde or Jewish

    A personal account of moving East to the Big Apple, making it in the media and converting to Judaism, all choices that played a part in shaping Joan’s life. This is a humorous yet inspirational discussion about how one’s life choices can bring them happiness.

    Had I Known
    Former host of Good Morning America, health advocate, international speaker, mother of seven, grandmother of one and New York Times bestselling author, Joan Lunden, speaks candidly about her battle against breast cancer and her quest to learn about it and teach others, and the transformative effect it has had on her life.

    With a large extended family counting on her, giving up was not an option. After announcing her diagnosis of Stage 2 Triple Negative Breast Cancer on Good Morning America,, people all over the country rallied around Joan as she went into warrior mode. Joan appeared on the cover of People Magazine bald, showing the world her brave resolve and that breast cancer does not need to define you.

    Joan’s illness has changed her in profoundly unexpected ways and has redefined her values and most of all, her health. Following a new clean and healthy way of eating, Joan became her best advocate by taking control of her nutrition, which helped combat the adverse side effects of chemotherapy like a warrior.

    Uncharacteristically vulnerable, irreverent and straight from the heart, this presentation is a deeply personal and powerful story of pain, persistence, and perseverance in which Joan openly evaluates her decision to go public with her battle, shaving her head, wig shopping, re-connecting with her viewers, rediscovering her purpose, and ultimately realizing that sometimes you have to look back to move forward.

    Joan also speaks on:

    • My Breast Cancer Journey.
    • From Career to Caregiving and Everything in Between
    • Embracing Change: The New Reality for Your Family's Future
    • Fostering Leadership and Achieving Dreams
    • My Journey From Small Town Sacramento to The Big Apple


    Keynote Speech


    Joan Lunden debunks some common misconceptions about breast cancer and prevention, sharing personal information about her own battle and the story of how her diagnosis was almost completely missed. After getting a clean bill of health from her annual mammogram, she underwent an ultrasound that revealed that she had cancer.

    None of her doctors had ever told her to get an ultrasound; Lunden had made it part of her annual testing routine after a serendipitous conversation she had while interviewing the internationally renowned breast cancer specialist, Dr. Susan Love, who asked her off camera if she got tested every year. When Lunden commented that her mammograms were often hard to read due to her high fibrous breast tissue, Dr. Love told her she needed to be getting ultrasounds as well.

    “Thank god I listened to that woman,” Lunden reflects. “Otherwise I wouldn’t have known to get that test that day and I would have walked out that door…thinking that everything was fine - when I had a very fast-growing aggressive tumor in my right breast.”

    Keynote Speech


    Award Acceptance Speech