Terri Trespicio

Her TEDx talk, “Stop Searching for Your Passion,” has surpassed 7 million views, and she was named by Hubspot as one of the “Top 18 female speakers who are killing it” (she came in at #2—Oprah was #8), and one of the world’s leading creatives by Creative Boom magazine.

A former magazine editor and radio host at Martha Stewart, she has appeared on the Today show, Dr. Oz, The Early Show, The Martha Stewart Show and The Anderson Cooper Show. Her work has been featured in Oprah magazine, Marie Claire, Prevention, Business Insider, Forbes.com, and Inc.com. Certified in the Gateless method for capturing creative genius, she leads workshops and retreats all over the country to help professionals of all stripes take their stories and ideas from page to stage and beyond.

An in-demand speaker who presents at conferences across the country, she was rated the #1 speaker at Barron’s Top Independent Women Advisors Summit and How Design Live. On the heels of her first TEDx talk, she was invited to give a second, “It’s About Time We Rethink Happily Ever After.” Terri is also a stand-up comic and has performed at famous Manhattan venues including Caroline’s, Dangerfield’s, Gotham, and New York Comedy Club, and was a quarter finalist in the She Devil Comedy Competition.

Terri earned her BA in English from Boston College and a MFA in Creative Writing in 2002 from Emerson College, where her thesis, a collection of poetry, won the Graduate Dean Award. A finalist for the Iowa Award and Glimmer Train, her literary work has appeared in The Greensboro Review, New Millenium Writings, and The Baltimore Review, where she won first place in their 2016 creative nonfiction contest. Terri lives in Manhattan. More at territrespicio.com.


Unfollow Your Passion: How to Reconnect in the Age of Resignation

The pandemic changed everything we thought we knew about work—what it looked like, where it lives. And we changed with it. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that more than 4 million Americans left their jobs in November of last year—not only the highest number on record, but the highest since they started keeping records.

Whether you’ve been directly or indirectly impacted by the Great Resignation, it’s made us all question why we do what we do. In this compelling and timely keynote, Terri Trespicio, author of Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life that Matters to You (Atria/Simon & Schuster, December 2021)—whose TEDx talk has more than seven million views—gives us a fresh and much-needed perspective on our work and our lives so that we can reconnect to joy and meaning again.

Some of what Terri will cover:

  • What research shows about the difference between jobs and callings
  • Why the follow-your-passion advice hurts more than helps 
  • Why you can stay in your comfort zone (and still grow)
  • The critical role boredom plays, and why it’s ok that you feel it 
  • How to generate and maintain positive energy—without toxic positivity