Brigid Schulte

Director, Better Life Lab and The Good Life Initiative

Brigid Schulte is the director of the Better Life Lab and The Good Life initiative at New America. 

Brigid is a journalist and author, who writes widely for publications including The Washington Post, Slate, Time.com, the Guardian and others. She was a long-time staff writer for the Washington Post and Washington Post magazine, where she won a number of reporting and writing awards and was part of the team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Her 2014 New York Times bestselling book, Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time (Sarah Crichton Books/FSG) was named a Washington Post and NPR notable nonfiction book of the year, was translated into a number of languages, including Russian, Portuguese and Korean, and helped spark a national conversation about overwork, burnout, productivity, busyness, gender roles, the toll that outdated policies and cultural attitudes are taking on modern lives, and how to move forward. She is a sought-out voice on work-life, productivity and gender issues. She has spoken at events around the globe, been quoted as an expert or featured in numerous publications, including Forbes, Fortune, the Atlantic, The Times of London, Macleans, the Irish Times, The Financial Times and Fast Company, and has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, the Katie Couric Show, MSNBC, CNN, Morning Joe, the BBC, CBC, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NPR’s Morning Edition, Tell Me More, On Point, the Diane Rehm Show, the Leonard Lopate Show, the Bob Edwards Show, Efecto Naim with Moises Naim, the Australian Broadcast Company, and other television and radio programs.

A native of Oregon, Brigid has a BA in English and modern languages from the University of Portland, and an MS from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, Tom Bowman, who covers the military for NPR, and their two children. Growing up, she spent her summers in Wyoming on her family’s sheep ranch, where she did not feel so overwhelmed.

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Seven Books for Working Relationships

5. Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, by Anne Marie Slaughter, Random House, 2015.6. Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One h


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THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS EQUAL PARENTING

But how to get to that state of happy antagonism? To start: work on abandoning preconceived roles. "Free from provider father and ideal moth


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The Giving Back Guide

The TinyPrints Giving Back guide on gratitude research cited expert Brigid Schulte.


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Stress Is Contagious and Spreads Through a Family

Parent Insider Magazine released a second video with Brigid Schulte about the negative effects of stress on families (November 10).


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Work, Love and Play: An Interview with Brigid Schulte

Brigid Schulte's interview with Leigh Stringer, author of the forthcoming The Healthy Workplace, was published on her popular newsletter Nov


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Escaping the ‘Time Confetti’ of Parenthood

Does your time feel fragmented and scattered into little scraps? Perhaps you are plagued with “Time Confetti.” Just ask Brigid Schulte, a lo


Duly Quoted

Brigid Schulte and Alieza Durana pull up what leading policymakers and politicians had to say about work and family—and ask our readers wher


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Paul Ryan Asks for Work-Life Balance in Speakership Run

Brigid Schulte appeared on the NBC Nightly News talking about how men and leaders are expanding the work-life debate, in reference to Paul R


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20 Champions for Working Women You Should be Following on Twitter Right Now

Formerly a reporter at The Washington Post and the NYT best-selling author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When Nobody Has the Time, Bri


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Don't be fooled by these work 'perks'

Brigid Schulte was quoted in a CNBC article about whether corporate 'perks' truly benefit workers.


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Power Lunch with Brigid Schulte

Brigid Schulte appeared on a “Bossed Up” #FierceFall webinar aimed at ambitious, mid career women about how to craft a sustainable career pa


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To raise healthy adults, this stressed-out mom realized she needed to be a better role model

Brigid Schulte published another installment of her long-running Timehacker series in the Washington Post, profiles of people seeking to cha