About Anne Kreamer
Anne Kreamer has been at the forefront of the media world from the beginning of her career. In the late 70s and into the 1980s she was Associate Director of International Programming for The Children’s Television Workshop, distributing and co-producing Sesame Street around the world. Extensive on-the-ground experience in markets as disparate as Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Haiti and Jamaica grounded Kreamer – decades before it became a buzzword – in the realities of operating in a highly interconnected global landscape.
She then helped launch groundbreaking SPY magazine, about which Dave Eggers has said, “It’s pretty safe to say that SPY was the most influential magazine of the 1980s.” In the 1990s she was Worldwide Creative Director for Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite, where she created and launched Nickelodeon magazine, in addition to launching the channel’s consumer products businesses, from the creation of an original toy line with Mattel to Nickelodeon’s first initiatives in interactive and on-line media. In each professional endeavor, Kreamer identified large, untapped markets and invented successful products to fill the void. Marshalling the power of creative innovation is a core element of her philosophy, professional as well as personal.
Anne then transitioned into a new career as a journalist and a columnist for the cutting-edge business magazine Fast Company, followed by a column she originated for Martha Stewart Living. In 2007, Anne published her first book, Going Gray, What I Learned About Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity And Everything Else That Matters, and wrote a Yahoo blog, “Going Gray, Getting Real.” Going Gray sparked an ongoing cultural debate and Anne became a sought-after expert on how media and marketing shape our notions of beauty and aging.
Anne’s new book, It’s Always Personal: Emotion in the New Workplace, has once again become a prescient, media-worthy touchstone for what’s simmering beneath the surface in our culture. In this groundbreaking look at what’s really going on from 9 to 5 – the yelling, crying, and bullying as well as the friendship and laughter born of creative collaboration – Kreamer shows us how to get rational about our emotions, and provides the necessary new tools to flourish in an emotionally charged workplace. As the rave review in The Wall Street Journal, put it, “Throughout this heartfelt book, Ms. Kreamer comes down on the side of accepting and expressing one’s authentic feelings, though in sensible and constructive ways. It’s Always Personal argues that greater emotional openness could lend vitality to American business, and it urges both men and women to ‘bring their full, true selves to the game.’ It’s a stimulating read bolstered by snippets of some of the best recent work on emotional intelligence and the science of happiness.”
Anne has spoken to professional organizations, women’s groups and students on a wide variety of topics inspired by her two books. Her unique and extensive professional background as an executive and entrepreneur along with her plainspoken insight into the challenges and pressures of modern life make her a timely and compelling speaker. A graduate of Harvard, Anne lives in New York City with her husband, the writer Kurt Andersen and their two daughters.