Nancy Davis Kho is an author, speaker, and podcaster whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Adirondack Life, The Rumpus, The Toast, and numerous anthologies including Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (Putnam.) She’s been recognized as a Voice of the Year in the Humor Category by BlogHer and has been both champion and judge for international comedy-lit improv show Literary Death Match. Her book THE THANK-YOU PROJECT: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time was published by Running Press in December 2019.
Nancy writes about “the years between being hip and breaking one” at MidlifeMixtape.com, and her Midlife Mixtape Podcast (available on all major podcast platforms) celebrates Gen Xers at midlife with humor, heart, and a really good beat. In August 2019, the Wall Street Journal named the Midlife Mixtape Podcast to its list of “8 Podcasts for Anyone Nervously Facing Retirement.” Nancy is from upstate New York and now lives with her husband and two daughters in Oakland, California.
Nancy is a sought-after presenter and emcee at conferences and reading series. Past engagements include National Charity League, Mom2.0 Summit, Watermark Conference for Women, and Literary Death Match (as judge and participant.) She combines an engaging, funny delivery with deep knowledge of subject matter, and an ability to shape her talks to support your organization’s goals. An overnight pivot to virtual book clubs and events in March 2020 has made Nancy adept at captivating virtual audiences to ensure they stay engaged throughout her talks, and come away feeling inspired.
Speaking topics include:
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered: How gratitude letters create connection, community, and joy
- There’s No Emoji for This: Analog letters in a digital world
- Midlife Mixtape: Thriving in “the years between being hip and breaking one”
- I Meant to Do That: Persevering through setbacks and reclaiming them as part of your process
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“The Oakland Chamber of Commerce capped its week of gratitude with Nancy’s presentation. A wonderful opportunity to take a moment, reflect on all the good in our community, and be grateful for being Oaklanders.” –– Barbara Leslie, President & CEO, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
“Nancy’s genuine warmth and humor are a testament to the spirit of The Thank You Project. We were thrilled to have her launch our Collective Conscience Salon Series — and we concur that there is no better foundation for a kinder world than gratitude.” —Michela Abrams O’Connor and Shelley Tatum Kieran, Partners, MOCA+
“What an honor to host Nancy for a virtual author visit with 8th graders during our 2020 COVID-19 distance learning program. Her dynamic and engaged presentation technique, coupled with messages of love, empathy, connection, and appreciation, inspired our 8th graders to act.” –Grant Althouse, principal of Kent Middle School, Marin
“Nancy Davis Kho was an incredible co-host and speaker at the Marin Horizon School 2020 Virtual Auction! She was warm, engaging, funny – and our community loved her. Nancy brought a level of poise, professionalism, and calm. She took preparations seriously and carefully, and understood the messaging and content we needed to convey. Marin Horizon was thrilled with the success of the event, and the value that Nancy added as a speaker.” — Tarja Settles, Board Trustee & Parent Association President Marin Horizon School
“Nancy was captivating as a speaker and conducted a very engaging discussion with the students. The letter writing workshop made us reflect on people who had impacted us and inspired us to write our first thank you letters. We all left the event feeling grateful and positive.” — Sagar Taneja, President of Hult Happiness Club, Hult International Business School