Lecture, Book Signing, and Light Lunch
February 12, 12:30 p.m.
Tracy McMillan, a Utah Communication alum who has gone on to fame writing film, TV, and books, as well as appearing on several TV shows, including Oprah, will be returning to the U to present a lecture titled BE MORE YOU: How to Get Everything You Want By Being Exactly Who You Are on February 12, 2014, at 12:30 pm in the Languages & Communication Building auditorium (LNCO 1110). Hosted by the Communication department's Communication Institute and the College of Humanities, the event will include a book signing, light lunch, and will be free and open to the public.
McMillan, who graduated with a journalism degree from the U in 1989, left Salt Lake for a job at NBC Nightly News, followed by 15 years writing and producing TV news. She then transitioned to writing film, TV, and books, including the hit shows Mad Men and The United States of Tara, her memoir I Love You and I’m Leaving You Anyway, and her latest book, Why You’re Not Married…Yet. Her lecture will draw from the many awakenings McMillan has experienced throughout her life – beginning as a child with a less-than-ideal family dynamic, followed by three marriages, three divorces, and a successful career writing and establishing her presence as a funny, relatable, relationship expert.
“I’m so thrilled to be coming back to Utah for this event,” McMillan says. “My talk is going to be all about how to make the life you want -- the work, the love, the self -- by being authentically yourself. I'll touch on self-love, spirituality, my own background, and service. I'll fold in relationships, career, and how to get a life you really want to live. I think anyone will be able to walk away from it a bit more excited and motivated to be more of their best selves.”
To many, McMillan is best known for her expertise that was first published in a 2011 Huffington Post story titled “Why You’re Not Married,” which was the most-viewed article ever on that site. Time magazine named it one of the Top Ten Opinion Pieces of 2011, and the next year she followed it up with her book by nearly the same name, Why You’re Not Married…Yet, which she describes as a “long, funny conversation about life, love, and what to do about it all.” After her talk, she will be doing a book signing where this book will be available for purchase. She explains the book as basically “about everything I’ve ever learned in relationships, which is a lot. Especially about what we do wrong — since I’ve done so much of that myself — and also what to do right, since I’ve done a lot of that, too.”
We are thrilled to host Tracy McMillan for this exciting event. Join us for her talk, book signing, and a light lunch on February 12 at 12:30 pm in LNCO 1110.