She gave us tangible tools to use within our career, but more importantly… to use in our everyday life.
Her personal interaction style was refreshing and real, and I could immediately see the positive impact she had on the team. 

Christine’s talk wove together stories, engaging applications of academic research, and compelling activities. Dr. Whelan was inspiring and relatable, and her material was immediately applicable, giving her the automatic-invite back for our next meeting.

Life on Purpose  Audible Original Great Books Lecture Series Studio Recording, September 17, 2020

Finding Purpose in Chaos  Real Talk from the Barn, Facebook Live, September 20, 2020

Pandemic Purpose American Family DreamBank DreamSummit Keynote, October 1, 2020

Happiness and Well-Being
Guest Lecture at Emory University
September 3, 2020

Living a Life of Purpose in Times of Uncertainty
Middleton Public Library
June 25, 2020

Dream Big: Your Purpose, Your Time
American Family DreamBank
May 21, 2020

Do the Next Right Thing: Purpose in a Time of Uncertainty (start at 13:33)
Rotary Club of Madison
May 6, 2020

Do the Next Right Thing: Purpose in a Time of Uncertainty
BadgerTalks Facebook Live Presentation
April 16, 2020

Building Purpose
Engineering Guest Lecture
March 28, 2020

Purpose, Health and Happiness
Center for the Study of Human Health, Emory University
February 21, 2020

Authentic Purpose: People, Place and Purpose
American Family DreamBank
January 23, 2020

Tired of Holiday Materialism? Here’s How to Deal
Wisconsin Public Radio – The Morning Show (30 Minute Segment)


December 11, 2019

Authentic Purpose: People, Place and Purpose
Women and Leadership – Coffee and Conversation – Keynote
November 7, 2019

Authentic Purpose
Wisconsin Foundation – Keynote
November 4, 2019

Authentic Purpose: Finding Joy at Work
Thermo Fisher – Keynote
October 24, 2019

Authentic Purpose: Finding Joy at Work
Wisconsin Association of College Stores
October 23, 2019

I Need Some Advice: An Academic Journey Through a Field Many Thought Frivolous
The New School – New York City – Guest Lecture
October 4, 2019

Authentic Purpose
UW-Madison Back to School Night – Keynote Address
September 27, 2019

Connections: People, Place and Purpose
The Kaiser-Permanente Medical Group – Keynote Address
August 23, 2019

Balance v. Burnout: Why Most Advice Fails… and a New Approach That Actually Might Work
Association of Fundraising Professionals Keynote Address
July 11, 2019

Human Ecology in Action
Founder’s Day Presentation – St. Louis, Mo UW Madison Alumni Event
May 8, 2019

Psychedelics Stories – What the New Science of Psychedelics Means for Mental Health Care
Integrative Mental Health Conference, San Francisco, CA
April 16, 2019

Mind Body Wellness as a Key to Leadership Development
The Kaiser-Permanente Group, San Francisco, CA
April 13, 2019

Purpose in Practice: Research-Based Exercises for Clinical and Personal Use
Alaskan Psychiatric Association
March 31, 2019

Authentic Purpose: A Roadmap
TEDx UW-Madison 2019
February 23, 2019

“Leading Life on Purpose”
LinkageInc., Phoenix, AZ
November 13, 2018

“Consuming Happiness this Holiday Season”
Academic Staff Mentoring Speech
November 6, 2018

“Ancient Practices for Modern Well-Being”
Speech at UW Class of 1968 Event
October 5, 2018

“Back to School Night”
School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison
September 28, 2018

“UW Alumni College Presentation”
May 31, 2018

“Becoming a Leader: What Really Works”
Linkage’s GILD Asia
Singapore, April 2018

“Interview with Dr. Christine Whelan on Self-Help, Young Leaders, and Leadership Development”
Linkage’s GILD Asia
Singapore, April 2018

“Purpose and the Good Life”
Madison Senior Center, WI
April 19, 2018

“Women’s Philanthropy Forum”
Appleton, WI
March 8, 2018

“Opposites Don’t Attract”
Wisconsin’s Afternoon News, Newsradio WTMJ
February 26, 2018

Life on Purpose: Three Questions Only You Can Answer
TEDxUWMadison, Madison, WI
January 2018

“Doctor recommends finding balance between holiday shopping, financial stress”
Channel 3000, WISC-TV
November 24, 2017

“Life on Purpose”
Big Ten Leadership Network Speech
November 16, 2017

“Packing Purposefully for College”
Bakersfield College
August 9th, 2017

“Consuming Happiness & the Well-Being Economy” 
Madison BECCster Group
March 1st, 2017

“Success to Significance”
CLA Conference Presentation
January 27th, 2017

“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

Love in the Time of Hookups
University of Pittsburgh iTunes Lecture

“Dating in a Hook Up Culture.”
Duquesne University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Gender & Education.”
University of Iowa

“Princeton Women Balancing Career & Family.”
Princeton University

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

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

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

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








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