UnityPoint Health - Meriter Speaker Series

An Inspiring Speaker Series for Women

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UnityPoint Health - Meriter Speaker Series

Social connections and shared experiences are essential to your health and well-being. Join with family, friends and colleagues to be inspired by these powerful stories of strength, hope and resilience, presented by the UnityPoint Health – Meriter Foundation

Christina Baker Kline:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels. Her most recent novel, Orphan Train, has spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at # 1, and has been published in 38 countries. More than 100 communities and colleges have chosen it as a “One Book, One Read” selection. Her other novels include The Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, and Desire Lines. Her new novel, based on the iconic painting Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth, will be published in Winter 2017. Buy tickets now. 

Leigh Anne Tuohy: 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dubbed a “warrior princess” by author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book The Blind Side, Leigh Anne is the inspirational matriarch of the Tuohy family. Leigh Anne inspires audiences to recognize the full potential of individuals in their community and to find value in those who society has deemed valueless. She shares her personal Blind Side observations, from seeing Michael Oher the first time to how the experience changed her as a person and the Tuohys as a family. She is a champion of cheerful giving and inspires others through her personal stories of determination and generosity. Buy tickets now. 

Reyna Grande: 

Monday, June 12, 2017 

Born in Mexico, Rayna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when Reyna was going on ten, she left Mexico to make her own journey north. Reyna will share her inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life. Reyna is the author of three critically acclaimed books. The Distance Between Us, Grande’s memoir about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico the United States, was published by Atria Books on August 28, 2012. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, it was hailed by the L.A. Times as ‘the Angela’s Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.’ Buy tickets now. 

*All performances will be held in the Capitol Theatre at Overture Center for the Arts.

Buy Tickets 

(608) 258-4141

201 State Street, Madison, WI

Interested in all three speakers? You get discounted ticket prices when you buy the full series.