October 27–30 | Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Washington, D.C.

TCT® 2024 Keynote Address

Arthur C. Brooks

#1 Best-Selling Author and Harvard Professor

Tuesday, October 29
9:50 AM–10:20 AM
Moderated Discussion
10:20 AM–10:50 AM

Embark on a Journey of Insight and Inspiration

In interventional cardiovascular medicine, burnout is real. Arthur will bring to bear his unique outlook and research findings to address the distinct stresses that can affect all high-performing individuals, focusing on what we can do, starting now, to make our lives full of happiness, purpose, and success.

The Roadmap for Finding Purpose, Meaning, and Success as We Age

Many of us assume that the more successful we are, the less susceptible we become to the sense of professional and social irrelevance that often accompanies aging.

But the truth is, the greater our achievements and our attachment to them, the more we notice our decline, and the more painful it is when it occurs.

Arthur will share insights from his recent #1 New York Times bestseller, From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life — including these:
Satisfaction comes not from chasing bigger and bigger things, but paying attention to smaller and smaller things.
Crystallized intelligence, relying as it does on a stock of knowledge, tends to increase with age through ones forties, fifties, and sixtiesand does not diminish until quite late in life, if at all.
You can accept that what got you to this point wont work to get you into the futurethat you need to build some new strengths and skills.

Arthur’s Journey

At the height of his career at the age of 50, Arthur Brooks embarked on a seven-year journey to discover how to transform his future from one of disappointment over waning abilities into an opportunity for progress. From Strength to Strength is the result, a practical roadmap for the rest of your life.

Drawing on social science, philosophy, biography, theology, and eastern wisdom, as well as dozens of interviews with everyday men and women, Brooks shows us that true life success is well within our reach. By refocusing on certain priorities and habits that anyone can learn, such as deep wisdom, detachment from empty rewards, connection and service to others, and spiritual progress, we can set ourselves up for increased happiness.

About Arthur C. Brooks

Arthur C. Brooks is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Public and Nonprofit Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches courses on leadership and happiness. He is also a columnist at The Atlantic, where he writes the popular “How to Build a Life” column.

Brooks is the author of 13 books, including the 2023 #1 New York Times bestseller Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier with co-author Oprah Winfrey, and the 2022 #1 New York Times bestseller From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life. He speaks to audiences all around the world about human happiness and works to raise well-being within private companies, universities, public agencies, and community organizations.

Deep Praise for Arthur C. Brooks

“Arthur Brooks is one of my very favorite thinkers. Witty, wise, and insatiably curious, he is one of the few intellectuals who can reliably weave scientific research and everyday observations into what we all really need: succinct advice for a good life.”

Angela Duckworth, Ph. D., founder and CEO of Character Lab and author of Grit

From Strength to Strength offers real answers to timeless questions about happiness and progress: How can I be happier? How can I have more meaning in life? What is the most important thing to me right now and why?”

Eric Schmidt, former chairman and CEO of Google

“Brooks appears to have a clear strategy here: first he horrifies you, then he bucks you up. An alternate title for this book could be The Good News About Your Inevitable Decline. Most of us strivers believe we can keep racing until we run out of road. Arthur is trying to save us pain and maximize our contributions to the species. Every ambitious person should read this.”

Dan Harris, author and former ABC News anchor

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