What you will learn:

In 2004, Wendy Shanker’s landmark book The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life was published to international acclaim. Her wit, insight, and dismantling of shame around the word “fat” ushered in a new era of acceptance and understanding about body image, and the influence it has over our lives. Two decades later, Wendy is no longer a Fat Girl…she’s a Fat Woman, and she still has plenty to say about the subject.

In this Elective Wendy will assess what’s changed about body image in the 21st century; culturally, financially, scientifically and Lizzo-ly – and what hasn’t. She’ll explore the ways social media, marketing, and evolving gender roles impact body image. She’ll reveal personal changes in her own life that have shifted her self image (pregnancy/parenting, age, and a health issue that changed everything). And she’ll invite the audience to share their own stories and experiences, encouraging them to participate in exercises that will leave them feeling optimistic and empowered about our bodies, our selves, and our future.

About the instructor:

Wendy Shanker is a multi-talented writer, producer and creative consultant, hired by the most influential media brands and teams behind the world’s biggest televised, live, and livestreamed events including The Grammys, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and The GLAAD Media Awards honoring Beyoncé & Jay-Z and Madonna. Her personal clients include superstars and supermodels; Oscar and Emmy winners; First Ladies and Presidents (but only the good ones).

Wendy’s byline has appeared in Glamour, Self, Shape, Cosmopolitan, and Us Weekly (The Fashion Police). She has written two books: a humorous, hopeful memoir about women and body image, The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life (Bloomsbury USA); and Are You My Guru?: How Medicine, Meditation & Madonna Saved My Life (Penguin/NAL). She also co-authored The Total ME-Tox: How to Ditch Your Diet, Move Your Body & Love Your Life (Hachette Book Group) with Beth Behrs, star of the CBS hit comedies “The Neighborhood” and “2 Broke Girls”. Wendy would love to tell you about the other books she’s working on with A-list celebs, but she’s got NDAs up to here!
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Suggested Length:60 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Delivery: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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