Marci Shimoff, author of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and the runaway bestseller Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out, will be the featured speaker at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s 37th annual Commencement ceremony. More than 300 graduates will be honored at the ceremony, which will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 25 in the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center.
A celebrated transformational leader and one of the nation’s leading experts on happiness and success, Ms. Shimoff has appeared on more than 500 national and regional television and radio shows including The Today Show and The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, and has been interviewed for over 100 newspaper articles nationwide. Her most recent book, Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out, soared to #1 on Amazon and debuted at #2 on the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. The book has been translated into 31 languages.
Ms. Shimoff has written six bestselling titles based on the Chicken Soup for the Soul self-help concept, which has been called the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history. These titles, which include Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, have sold more than 13 million copies worldwide in 33 languages, and spent a total of 108 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time.
She is the host of the “Happy for No Reason” PBS special, which has aired nationwide, and is a featured teacher in the hit film, The Secret. Ms. Shimoff has inspired millions of people around the world, sharing her breakthrough methods for personal fulfillment and professional success. President and co-founder of the Esteem Group, she delivers keynote addresses and seminars on self-esteem, self-empowerment, and peak performance to corporations, professional and non-profit organizations, and women's associations. She has been a top-rated trainer for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, GM, Sears, Kaiser Permanente, and Bristol-Myers Squibb
She earned her MBA from University of California-Los Angeles and holds an advanced certificate as a stress management consultant. She is a founding member and serves on the board of directors of the Transformational Leadership Council, a group of 100 top leaders serving over 10 million people in the self-development market.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.