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Linda M. Cohen



"Linda is one of only a very few speakers who truly impresses me. She brings her whole self to her message, and her vulnerability and humanity on stage connects her magically with any audience. The content of her message is truly timeless. And unlike so many prima donna speakers, Linda conducts herself as a true professional — entirely focused on meeting the needs of the client and the audience. She shows up early and prepared, and is remarkably flexible and supportive of event staff and fellow speakers. I always value my time with Linda. So will you." -- Thomas Cox, Partner, Eudae LLC

Speaker and author of the 1,000 Mitzvahs Project

Linda Cohen is a nationally recognized author, speaker and commentator on kindness, volunteerism, generosity, empowerment and the 1,000 Mitzvahs Project. Her first book, 1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life, published by Seal Press is an inspirational book that will give you dozens of ideas of how to proactively live with appreciation and gratitude.

The 1,000 Mitzvahs project was inaugurated after Linda’s father died in 2006. A mitzvah is a simple act of kindness. It took nearly 2 1/2 years to complete the mitzvah project. Through this project, Cohen learned about the scientific benefits of doing kindness first hand. We have the ability to proactively create our own happiness. Our actions both heroic and seemingly insignificant can make a huge difference in the world. Linda has shared these lessons on cultivating kindness with 1000’s of people young and old across the US and Canada. She has inspired schools and organizations to create their own “1,000 Mitzvahs” kindness projects.

Linda is a skilled story teller with a powerful message. She is vulnerable and authentic with your audience. She knows first hand about suicide and loss, mental health issues and the power to choose how those life experiences shape us. Her presentations are personalized for your audience with a message that will always resonate. She deftly elicits stories from others, engaging the audience through interactive interludes.

Linda has been interviewed about mitzvahs, kindness and generosity on every major television network and on “The Better Show” on Fox Television. She’s been interviewed on “Think Out Loud” on NPR and quoted in dozens of newspapers and magazines articles across the country.

Linda received a BA from American Jewish University and an MA from Brandeis University. She is a member of the National Speakers Association, currently serving on the Oregon chapter board. She is the immediate past president of the Toastmasters for Speaking Professionals club.

She and her husband relocated from the east coast to Portland, Oregon more than 20 years ago. They are the proud parents of two spirited teenagers and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Ginger and Remy. When not working you might find her reading, practicing yoga, trying to quiet her “monkey mind” while meditating or enjoying a delicious cup of Earl Grey tea.

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How Kindness Transforms Your Bottom Line

Linda shares her fundraising background, extensive volunteer service experience and unique perspective having performed 1,000 Mitzvahs or acts of kindness over two years to inspire and motivate your audience.

This presentation helps your leaders improve communication, boost teamwork, promote interpersonal interaction and customer service through engagement in acts of kindness, authenticity and vulnerability.

If you are in need of a cultural reboot, Linda can empower your leaders and teach you about the ROI of kindness!

Jewels of the Journey: From Grief to Inspiration

Life throws us curveballs. Whether it’s divorce, death, illness or any other kind of transition in our lives, everyone is shouldering experiences that can be challenging. Our only choice moving forward is HOW we choose to move through any of these given situations. Linda’s heartfelt discussion will inspire your audience as you laugh and cry along side her.

“Linda’s vulnerability and humanity on stage connects her magically with any audience.”

This signature keynote that Linda has given since her book’s publication, always gets to the heart of what’s important to human beings. Belonging, connection and authenticity. If you are looking for an inspirational speaker to connect with people at a deep level this is the program to choose.


“Just A Mom?” No Way!”: Embracing Your Value and Self Worth

Whether you work outside of the home or are a stay-at-home mom many women grapple with the decision they make. In this interactive 90-minute workshop or breakout session, Linda discusses self-worth, self-care, recognition and volunteerism. Moms get hands on opportunities to discuss and brainstorm how to empower themselves.. Validation comes from realizing every stage and every choice is the right one assuming it works for you.

1,000 Drops of Kindness

This program is perfect for any elementary school looking to promote kindness, peace building and love within their school. 1,000 Drops of Kindness programs help schools implement a culture of kindness through an interactive week long event culminating in a final 1,000 Drops of Kindness assembly. You may also choose to plant a peace pole(s) at your school sponsored by the Jubitz Foundation.

This program has been done in schools in the United States and Canada.

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