“They can be like a sun, words. They can do for the heart what light can for a field.”
—St. John of the Cross
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About Jennifer Read HawthorneJennifer Read Hawthorne is an international speaker and award-winning author specializing in inspirational presentations. For more than 20 years, her insights, humor, and wisdom have provided enthusiastic audiences with both the motivation and the tools to achieve greater personal and professional success. She is also the editor of numerous best-selling books by other authors, guiding writers of all non-fiction genres through the process of bringing their work to publication.

Keynote Speaker
Jennifer started speaking at the age of seven, when she gathered up the children in her neighborhood and had them sit in rows on the driveway so she could “talk” to them. She entered her first public speaking contest in the eighth grade—and won it. The following year she won a statewide speaking competition, and she later attended college on a full speech scholarship. To this day, there is nowhere Jennifer feels more comfortable than on a stage, inspiring audiences to a fuller and happier life. She is known to make audiences laugh and cry, often hearing from clients years later about the lasting impact she made at their event.

Best-selling Author
Jennifer is co-author of four bestselling books, including Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul. Both books reached #1 on the New York Times and #1 and #2 on USA Today’s best-seller lists and continue to be among the most popular of all books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Other books include A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul; Chicken Soup for the Single’s Soul; The Soul of Success: A Woman’s Guide to Authentic Power; Diamonds, Pearls & Stones: Jewels of Wisdom for Young Women from Extraordinary Women of the World; and Life Lessons for Loving the Way You Live. Together, Jennifer’s books have sold more than 13 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages.

Best-selling Editor
As a successful author, editor, and writing coach, Jennifer has developed a unique ability to work with authors at every stage of their work. In addition to line editing and copyediting, she is gifted in evaluating book-length manuscripts and giving big-picture feedback on the structure and organization of any length material. Her advanced analytical and organizational skills are a proven asset to clients in every capacity. Jennifer specializes in full-length non-fiction book manuscripts, including business, self-help, spirituality, health, biographies, memoirs, and how-to books. She is also available to edit or proofread website copy, articles, marketing materials—anything that needs to be perfect before being presented to clients or the public.

National Media Appearances
As an author and self-esteem expert, Jennifer has appeared on CNN, Sally Jesse Raphael, Pure Oxygen, and hundreds of national, regional and local TV and radio shows. She has been featured in numerous magazine and newspaper articles, and has written articles for national magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Women's World, Affluent magazine, and Entrepreneur Magazine. She is also a regular guest on Jim Blasingame’s national radio show “The Small Business Advocate” and a member of Jim’s “Brain Trust.”

Fortune 500 Clients
As a professional with a degree in Journalism/Speech & Broadcasting, she co-founded The Esteem Group in 1993, which she now directs as Jennifer Hawthorne Inc. Her clients include hundreds of professional associations, as well as Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and educational organizations. Clients include AT&T, Delta Air Lines, YWCA, the American Heart Association, Clemson University, The American Legion, Cargill, the American Business Women’s Association, Hallmark Cards, Avon, the American Bankers Association... more



And you? When will you begin the long journey into yourself?—Rumi

Praise for Jennifer Read Hawthorne

“Jennifer gave one of the most memorable presentations ever to be heard by our audience of 800.”—Women’s Business Conference, Topeka, KS

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“What can I say—you were great!”—The International Builders’ Show

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“One of the most brilliant writers I know.”—Marci Shimoff, bestselling author, Happy for No Reason

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“How is it you can make me sound like me, only better?”—Gregory Anne Cox, author, Your Genes Do Not Determine the Size of Your Jeans