From A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul

Who Is Jennifer Read Hawthorne?

Jennifer Read Hawthorne is coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul. Currently at work on future Chicken Soup for the Soul books, she also delivers Chicken Soup for the Soul presentations nationwide, sharing inspirational stories of love and hope, courage and dreams.

Jennifer is known as a dynamic and insightful speaker, with a great sense of humor and a gift for telling stories. From an early age she developed a deep appreciation for language, cultivated by her parents. She attributes her love of storytelling to the legacy of her late father, Brooks Read, a renowned Master Storyteller whose original Brer Rabbit stories filled her childhood with magic and a sense of the power of words.

As a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa teaching English as a foreign language, Jennifer discovered the universality of stories to teach, move, uplift and connect people. Her Chicken Soup for the Soul presentations make audiences laugh and cry; many people say their lives are changed for the better as a result of hearing her speak.

Jennifer is cofounder of The Esteem Group, a company specializing in self-esteem and inspirational programs for women. A professional speaker since 1975, she has spoken to thousands of people around the world about personal growth, self-development and professional success. Her clients have included professional associations, Fortune 500 companies, and government and educational organizations such as AT&T, Delta Airlines, Hallmark Cards, The American Legion, Norand, Cargill, the State of Iowa and Clemson University.

Jennifer is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in journalism. She lives in Fairfield, Iowa, with her husband, Dan, and two stepchildren, Amy and William.

If you would like to schedule Jennifer for a Chicken Soup for the Soul keynote address or seminar, you may contact her at:

Jennifer Hawthorne Inc.

1105 South D Street

Fairfield, IA 52556

phone: 515-472-7136 • fax: 515-469-6908

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