Michele Weldon is an award-winning author, journalist and emerita faculty in journalism at Northwestern University. She is the author of six nonfiction books, including her latest, “Act Like You’re Having A Good Time: Essays.” She has contributed chapters in seven other books. Her essays have appeared in New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, Huffington Post, TIME, OZY, The Guardian, Slate, Chicago Tribune, Better, Forbes, USA Today, NBC Think, Narratively, Cosmopolitan and scores more. She has delivered more than 200 keynotes and appeared on TV, radio and digital outlets globally. A senior leader with The OpEd Project since 2011, she has led Public Voices Fellowships at Northwestern, Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Loyola, DePaul and Rush universities, the Ms. ,McCormick and Boone Family foundations, Center for Global Policy Solutions and Urgent Fund Africa. She is the award-winning editorial director of Take The Lead, a global women's leadership initiative.