Provost's Lecture Series on Women in Leadership: Gretchen Rubin

How to Be Happier, Healthier and More Productive in the Age of COVID-19 

Gretchen Rubin, Author of the No.1 national bestseller, The Happiness Project

Gretchen RubinABSTRACT

We're living through a time of anxiety and uncertainty. Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin discusses concrete, manageable strategies and hacks to help you stay happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative—without needing any extra time, energy, or money. 


Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature. She’s known for her ability to distill and convey complex ideas with humor and clarity in a way that’s accessible to a wide audience.

She’s the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers The Four TendenciesBetter Than Before and The Happiness Project. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold almost three million copies worldwide in more than 30 languages. (The Happiness Project spent two years on the bestseller list.)

On her top-ranking, award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses happiness and good habits with her sister Elizabeth Craft.

She’s been interviewed by Oprah, eaten dinner with Daniel Kahneman, walked arm-in-arm with the Dalai Lama, seen her work written up in a medical journal, and been an answer on the game show Jeopardy!

Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York with her husband; they have two daughters (a college freshman and a seventh-grader).


  • Welcome and Introduction

    Christophe Pierre, Provost

  • Lecture: How to Be Happier, Healthier and More Productive in the Age of COVID-19 

    Gretchen Rubin

    Author, podcaster and speaker

  • Questions and Discussion

    Moderated by Cindy Chin, Associate Provost

  • Provost’s Lecture Series on Women in Leadership Award

    Presented by Christophe Pierre, Provost, to Tina K. Ahuja '22 

Provost’s Lecture Series on Women in Leadership Award Recipient

Tina K. Ahuja

Tina Ahuja is in her third year at Stevens, majoring in Business and Technology, with concentrations in Marketing and Information Systems. Tina is in the Accelerated Master’s Program and hopes to combine her creative and analytical skills by working in marketing analytics.

Tina’s admiration for her high school counselors inspired her to get involved with the Stevens Pre-College Program. She served as a counselor during her freshman year and a virtual resident advisor for the program last summer.Tina is active in many campus programs and activities. She is the vice president of F.A.M.E. (Fashion Association of Marketing and Entrepreneurship), the coordinator of academic development for the Kappa Delta Chapter of the Alpha Phi sorority, and a member of the Gear and Triangle Honor Society. She is also an ambassador for the School of Business and serves as a peer mentor.These days, Tina spends some of her time at home exploring hobbies such as art, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. She started her own business, Candles by Tina, creating and selling handmade, 100 percent soy candles.

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Virtual Event