NY Times bestselling author of 8 books, TEDx speaker, journalist, podcaster






Anna David is the New York Times and #1 Amazon bestselling author of eight books about addiction, recovery and relationships. She’s been published in The New York Times, Time, The LA Times, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Vice, Cosmo, People, Marie Claire, Redbook, Esquire, Self, Women’s Health, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Salon among many others, written about in numerous publications, including Forbes, Martha Stewart Living, Entrepreneur, Allure and Women’s Health and has appeared repeatedly on The Today Show, Hannity, Attack of the Show, Dr. Drew, Red Eye, The Talk, The CBS Morning Show, The Insider and numerous other programs on Fox News, NBC, CBS, MTV, VH1 and E. She speaks at colleges across the country about relationships, addiction and recovery and has been a featured speaker at three different TedX events. Through her company, Launch Pad Publishing, she helps people share their stories and grow their credibility through books. Launch Pad also offers retreats, online courses, a podcast, a storytelling show and other services designed to help people share their stories.


“If you’re looking for a speaker guaranteed to deliver, you’ve found it.”

—Joe Polish, Founder of Genius Network and Genius Recovery

“Anna’s timing, poise, clarity, confidence and terrific sense of humor made it the best talk I have helped on. I was expecting it to be good, even great, if all the stars aligned. I was not expecting it would be amazing. She needs to use big stages to deliver her message.”

—Leading motivational speaker and coach Joel Weldon

“Anna knocked it out of the park. She was entertaining and honest and the audience loved her vulnerability. The evaluations came back raving about her! I look forward to having her on my stage again.”—Meredith Swedo, event producer and host of Wellness for People in Recovery Live Event

“Anna’s candor in sharing her story challenged students to critically reflect on the choices they make in their lives. Students were riveted.”

–Anthony Nicotera, Adjunct Professor, NYU Silver School of Social Work

“Anna captured the attention of our students with her honest, insightful, and thought provoking recount of her personal struggles. Thankfully this wasn’t your typical lecture, and because of this, students were engaged from beginning to end.”

–Laura Singletary, Student Programs and Leadership Coordinator, Whatcom Community College


Tulare County Drug Court Graduation Keynote



Past Events

Genius Network $25K Meeting - Phoenix, Arizona

Tulare County Court Graduation Keynote - Visalia, California

Midwestern State University – Wichita Falls, Texas

La Costa Spa Wellness for People in Recovery – San Diego, California

TEDxUniversity of San Diego – San Diego, California

TEDxOhlone College – Newark, California

TEDxLos Gatos High School – Los Gatos, California

Genius Network Annual Event – Phoenix, Arizona

University of New Haven – New Haven, Connecticut

North Dakota State University – Fargo, North Dakota

University of North Dakota – Grand Forks, North Dakota

Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte, South Carolina

Sheridan College  – Sheridan, Wyoming

University of Alaska – Anchorage, Alaska

Texas A&M University – Commerce, Texas

Whatcom College – Bellingham, Washington

Cameron University – Lawton, Oklahoma

Morningside University – Sioux City, Iowa



Everyone who's successful in business is looking for a leg up. And anyone in that situation who hasn't published a book has done him or herself a disservice. Anna David learned this firsthand. After struggling with addiction and finding sobriety, she wrote a book about her experiences—and suddenly found herself appearing multiple times on shows like Today and The Talk as an expert on addiction.

That's not only when she realized that books are the new college degrees but that sharing about her most personal experiences brought her freedom she'd never imagined possible.

In this keynote that delves into what anyone who wants to write a book needs to do in order to have a hit, David brings an insider's knowledge to the publishing experience—and explains how people can find both their readers and themselves.

Many argue that the word “addict” is offensive; they say that labels keep people from achieving what they’re meant to and stigmatize those who would thrive if they weren’t being penalized by some pejorative identity. In this presentation, Anna David explains why she disagrees and how she believes that it’s only through using the addict label that we can destigmatize addiction. She argues that we shouldn’t be trying to avoid certain words but bringing them out in the open so that we can change the public perception of them. She explains how she believes labels can help us to thrive.

Attendees will be able to evaluate and discuss if the recommendation to not use the word addict—including the recent AP suggestion that journalists use the phrase “person with addiction” instead—helps or hurts the cause. 

They’ll be able to compare her argument about the benefits of using the word “addict” to the many arguments people make that we must eradicate the word from our vocabulary altogether—and see the potential pitfalls of that philosophy.

In this entertaining talk that takes the opposite tact of all other talks about labels, audiences will be able to examine their own labels and share them with the world, in turn giving other people who may be struggling permission to do the same. (Time: 30 minutes-1 hour; recommended time: 45 minutes).

In the past decade, admissions to recovery programs have increased 143% for students between the ages of 18 and 24. And yet few schools have adjusted their curriculum to address the increasing need for information about addiction and recovery.  

David takes the information gleaned from her own experiences with addiction—which she’s been able to share through best-selling books, numerous TV appearances and hundreds of published articles—and breaks down how addiction starts, develops and ends. Through anecdotes that are relatable to addicts and non-addicts alike, David tracks the part low self-esteem, family of origin and genetics play in addiction as well as the role of self-esteem in young people everywhere. The talk is for those with burgeoning addictions, the loved ones of addicts and anyone who wants to learn how to better cope in a society that’s always gunning for more, more, more.

In this insightful and crucial talk, audiences will learn to conquer self-defeating insecurities, deal with family members who are addicted and take the shame out of mental illness, addiction and self-doubt. (Time: 30 minutes-1 hour; recommended time: 45 minutes + Q&A