Speaking

Public Speaking

Exploring Your Big Picture Purpose
UW Credit Union and Latino Professionals Association
November 3rd, 2016

“Consuming Happiness in the Well-Being Economy”
Filene Research big.bright.minds conference keynote
October 26th, 2016

“Big Picture Purpose for Young Professionals”
Murray Hill Institute
October 22nd, 2016

“Parenting with Big Picture Purpose”
Murray Hill Institute
October 22nd, 2016

“Find Your Big Picture Purpose”
Prairie Lights Bookstore
September 18th, 2016

“Purpose in College: What Matters & Why”
University of Iowa Newman Center
September 18th, 2016

“Consuming Happiness the EcoYou Way”
School of Human Ecology Alumni Night Keynote Address
September 16th, 2016

“The Science of Purpose”
Life Reimagined Rand Fellows Presentation
September 15, 2016

“Purpose and the College Experience”
Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Keynote Welcome Address
August 29th, 2016

“Consuming Happiness the EcoYou Way”
School of Human Ecology Alumni Night Keynote Address
September 16th, 2016

“Money, Purpose, and Happiness”
Women’s Philanthropy Conference
June 8th, 2016

“Making Change Stick”
BeachBody Coaches Conference Call
June 5, 2016

“Purpose in Action: Your Life Reimagined”
Madison PEO Chapter
February 10, 2016

“The Science of Purpose”
Life Reimagined Rand Fellows Presentation
October 27, 2015

“Deadly Devotion”
The Security Brief TV Show
September, 2015

“Purpose, Well-Being and the Speed of Change”
Life Reimagined Conference
July 13, 2015

“Selfies, Smartphone and Student Loans: Dating, Finding a Job and Becoming an Adult in an Era of Hookups and Hashtags”
University of Iowa
October 25, 2014

“The Social Psychology of Attraction”
StyleLife Academy Presentation – Part 1 and Part 2
October 19, 2014

“The Invisible Syllabus”
Princeton University panel discussion on work-life balance
May 29, 2014

“What’s Your WTF Moment?”
Cal State University Northridge Student Summit Keynote Address
January 14, 2014

“Let’s Talk About Sex.”
Theology on Tap. New York City.
February 2014.

“Finding Your Purpose.”
Lecture to the Ellis School
February 2013

“Be Bold, Be You.”
Duquesne University
Spring Workshop 2013

“Love, Hookups and Generation WTF.”
Lecture to Shady Side Academy
April 2011

“Leadership and Generation WTF.”
Lecture to University of Pennsylvania
April 2011

“Generation WTF Survival Guide.”
Lecture to St. Joe’s University
April 2011

Generation WTF
University of Pittsburgh iTunes Lecture
2011

Love in the Time of Hookups
University of Pittsburgh iTunes Lecture
2011

“Dating in a Hook Up Culture.”
Duquesne University
2010

“Dating, Hooking Up & the Finding True Love.”
Upper Iowa University
2010
“Hooking Up & Relationships: An Honest Discussion.”
Central College, Iowa
2010

“Educated Women and Marriage: What You Should Know.”
University of Pittsburgh, Spring
2010

“Success is Sexy: Shattering Myths About Women, Love & Power”
Iowa Women’s Leadership Conference
2009

“Changing Ideas of Marriage 1900-present.”
University of Iowa, Fall
2009

“Women, Relationships & Finance.”
The Spence School, New York City
2009

“Why Educated Women Put Marriage Before Motherhood.”
Princeton University
2009

“How to Read Dating & Marriage Trend Stories in Newspapers.”
Cardinal Stritch University
2008

“Mate Preferences Surveys: Does Outdated Language Skew Our Results?”
University of Iowa
2008

“Popular Statistics (or How to Decode Sociology Studies in the Media).”
University of Iowa, Spring
2008

“Assortative Mating: Do Smart Men Marry Smart Women?”
University of Iowa
2007

“Gender & Education.”
University of Iowa
2007

“Princeton Women Balancing Career & Family.”
Princeton University
2007

“New Research for Smart, Successful Women.”
Columbia Business School
2007

“Dating, Marriage & Sexuality Research Among Young-Adults.”
Princeton University
2007

“Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women.”
University of Pennsylvania
2006

“Singles’ Magazines and the Rise of Contingent Commitment.”
History of Consumption Conference, University of Sussex (England)
2001

Media Mentions & Quotes

First boy doll, Logan, joins American Girl line
WISC-TV, February 14th, 2017

Why you should ditch your new year’s resolutions
ConsumerReports, January 17th, 2017

Victims Angry at Sweat Lodge Guru’s Attempted Comeback
CNN, December 1st, 2016

Expert Talks About How to Reduce Holiday Stress
WISC-TV, November 30th, 2016

Finding Your Purpose at Any Age with Dr. Chrsitine Whelan
Engaging Presence, November 21st, 2016

Dr. Whelan: Enlightenment and Self-Help 
School of Human Ecology Blog, November 20th, 2016

How to Beat the “Pink Tax” When You Shop
The Balance, November 3rd, 2016

The War on Stupid People
The Atlantic, July/August, 2016

UW-Madison Professor Offers ‘Big Picture’ Advice for New Graduates
UW News, June 7, 2016

Purpose Before Paycheck? New Data Says Yes! 
School of Human Ecology Blog, June 6, 2016

On “Curvy, Tall, and Petite” Barbie Dolls
On Wisconsin, Summer 2016

7 Expert-Backed Tips for How to Make a New Habit Permanent
Huffington Post, May 3, 2016

How to Talk to Your Kids About Purpose
Life Reimagined, May 2016

Shake Up Your Routine: How to Break the Autopilot Cycle
Yoga Journal, April 29, 2016

OKCupid Report Shows How Many Dates Couples Usually Go On Before Having Sex 
TODAY, February 23, 2016

The Pink Tax: Why Women’s Products Often Cost More 
USNews & World Report, February 17, 2016

In A Barbie World: Barbie’s New Look
Wisconsin Public Radio, February 11, 2016

There’s Time To Begin Meaningful Ventures in Your Senior Years
Houston Chronicle, January 13, 2016

No Shortcuts to Lifelong Weight Loss
Carroll County Times, January 12, 2016

Six Insightful Reflections on How to Change for the Better
HuffPost Healthy Living, January 7, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Sharing Your Money Goals
USNews & World Report, June 24, 2015

Empower Yourself Through Exercise
Life Reimagined, June 2015

The Power of True Grit
Life Reimagined, June 2015

The Lunatic Lynching of Sexist Scientist Tim Hunt
The New York Post, June 15, 2015

Real Men Share Why Brains Are Beautiful
Elephant Journal, April 14, 2015

How to Build Good Habits – And Actually Make Them Stick
The Washington Post, March 2, 2015

Revive Your Resolutions
AARP Magazine, Feb/March  2015

Valentine’s Day Credit Card Savings
CardHub, Feb 11,  2015

Self-Help & Self-Improvement
BBC 4 Thinking Allowed, December 31  2014

How to Set & Conquer Your Money Goals
US News & World Report, December 30 2014

Divorce Rates Are Lower… So Are Marriage Rates
TODAY.com, December 3 2014

The Real Threat to Marriage
Wisconsin State Journal, October 17, 2014

Rogue Retreats
Women’s Health UK, September 2014

Why Do You Love Personality Quizzes? Experts Break it Down
NBCNews.com, August 2, 2014

All the Conventional Cohabitation, but No Nuptials
The New York Times, July 6, 2014

How to Protect Yourself Against Bad Self-Help
Scientific American, June 17 2014

5 Ways to Seek a Meaningful Paycheck
US News & World Reports, May 21, 2014

 The Dangers of Dumbing Down the Sisterhood
Courier Mail (Australia), April 27, 2014

Married Households Tend to Be Richer
CNBC (Mention Research), January 30, 2014

“Bad advice from all sides on the rush to the altar.”
The New York Post, March 18, 2014

“Study: Why aren’t more female plastic surgeons getting married?”
Washington Business Journal, February 18, 2014

“Raising Kids in an age of TMI.”
The New York Post, January 21, 2014

Do You Suffer from FOMO?
Pittsburgh Tribune, July 23, 2013

Traditional Gender Roles Playing Smaller Role in Matrimony
Essential Pittsburgh – NPR, July 15, 2013

Beware of Self-Help Gurus
USA Today, July 11, 2013

James Gandolfini Created an Enduring Legacy
Pittsburgh Tribune, June 23, 2013

“ ‘Dream College’ Lies.”
The New York Post, April 3, 2013

“A Disturbing Treat for 7-Year-Olds.”
The New York Post, February 25, 2013

“Toxic Friendships.”
Huffington Post LIVE discussion, January 28, 2013

“The Paperback Quest for Joy.”
City Journal, Autumn 2012

Stephen Covey’s Legacy
Wall Street Journal Online video discussion, July 17, 2012

“Extreme Exercise.”
Marie Claire, June 26, 2012

“A Closer Look: Christine Whelan”
The University Times, April 5, 2012

“The M.R.S. and the Ph.D.”
The New York Times, February 12, 2012

Why The New Generation Needs the Old Self-Help Classics
Forbes, April 2011

When Self-Help Harms
Self Magazine, August 2010

Interview with Intersections Match on Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women
Radio interview transcribed, February 2010

Want to go way back? Here’s the Archive.