In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
To facilitate this discussion is Donna James. Likewise, a mother, wife, executive, trusted advisor, and community leader. Donna's passion for enabling others to find their best next drives her personal and community engagement. She is co‐founder of the Center for Healthy Families, a collaborative, focused on transforming the lives of pregnant and parenting teens and their children. She is Executive Director of the African American Leadership Academy and previously co‐chaired the CelebrateOne initiative to reduce infant mortality in Columbus and Franklin County. Finally, Donna was appointed by President Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council and named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the top 75 African Americans in Corporate America.