CNN and NPR veteran, motivational keynote speaker, journalism & tech pioneer, business consultant, survivor, author
Josh Levs is known and revered by millions for his inspirational speeches, as well as for his TV, radio, and online presence. This past year, he also added author to his resume with the release of his book, All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses — and How We Can Fix It Together.
After his debut book topped dozens of award lists on Amazon, Josh spent the second half of 2015 presenting to businesses, including Google, Twitter, and GE, as well as at the Cutting Edge Conference, the Forward Technology Conference, the Perceptions Conference, and the Texas Conference for Women, among numerous others.
He went on to win a debate at the historic Oxford Student Union, and delivered additional lectures at Yale, Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton. In addition to such keynote addresses, Josh moderates panel discussions, conducts celebrity interviews, and hosts an array of events.
"Josh Levs blew us all away, I have never seen anyone do a better job! EVER!!!!"
— Robyn Spizman, Global Purpose Summit
"He was fabulous! A riveting storyteller with a powerful message that will empower men and women... The event was packed (standing room only) and it opened up great conversations that continued long after the event was past."
— Katrina Alcorn, GE
"What a joy it was to have Josh Levs as our keynote! Josh's speech was engaging and rich, serving to not only inspire our audience ... but also opening their eyes to an important issue it today's workplace culture. His style is relaxed and energized — your audience will be leaning forward in their seats as he speaks!"
— Angela Meradji-DeCaires, Publish15
After 20 years of reporting for NPR and CNN, Levs — a father of three — has come to be considered an expert on the complex issues facing modern families, and the workplace strife that results when business and family cultures do not work to be compatible. His book, All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses — And How We Can Fix It Together, focuses on dispelling myths about modern parental roles, and explains the necessity of professional policies that reflect contemporary families. Levs approaches his argument with a business mind, confronting the myth that the family man is not the businessman, and follows the monetary evidence that details exactly how and why the best businesses practice family programs, and ultimately bolster the economy.
Levs became embroiled in the issue of family accommodation in 2013, when he personally took on paternal leave policies at Time Warner (CNN's parent company) that prevented him from taking care for his premature newborn daughter, wife, who had fallen ill as a result of the pregnancy, or their two additional children. Due to his proactive legal action and the vigorous publicity surrounding the confrontation, Time Warner revolutionized its policy, making their employee contracts far more favorable for mothers and fathers, and actually producing a stronger workforce, and thus, business.
Following his success in fighting for his own family rights, Levs felt compelled to continue establishing the importance of the issue for all families. He met with both House Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill, sharing his experience and making an argument for the economic and social advancements that stood to be gained by their support of family policy. He was then invited to a White House meeting with Valerie Jarrett, President Obama's Senior Advisor. “We need to bottle you up and take you around the country,” she told him at their public meeting. Levs then teamed up with the non-partisan New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, and together they made paid family leave a key issue in recent political races, both regionally and nationally, including the current presidential race. The Nashua Chamber of Commerce described Levs as “...A man that deeply values not only his family and personal life, but also the importance of innovation and business.”
The Financial Times named Levs one of the top 10 male feminists. U.N. Women named him a Global Champion of Gender Equality and pinned him in a ceremony marking his entrance into the HeForShe campaign. He won a debate on feminism at the historic Oxford Union. And the New York Times, in a front-page story, referred to him as “a pioneer of sorts.”
Praise for All In
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow called it “fantastic;” the Washington Post’s Brigid Schulte called it a “must read;” the Chicago Tribune called it “fascinating,” and Forbes asked in a headline, “Can This Man Get Corporate America To Rethink An Anti-Dad Culture?” It was named one of the top books of 2015 by NewsOne.
All In is endorsed by Maria Shriver, Bob Saget, the president of Change.org, a top official at Twitter, and numerous other prominent figures. It is “groundbreaking” and “should be mandatory reading for every CEO, HR, benefits and similar professional," said Debra Isaacs Schafer, CEO of Education Navigation.
Levs has received many of the highest honors in journalism, including six Peabody Awards and two Edward R. Murrow Awards. A scholarship was awarded in his name at his alma mater, Yale University, and he was named a Journalist of the Year by the Atlanta Press Club.
Levs lives in Atlanta with his wife and children.
To find more information, visit joshlevs.com.