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Lee Woodruff

To contact Lee for speaking engagements:


Washington Speakers Bureau


American Program Bureau

As co-author of the New York Times best-selling In an Instant, Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing on national television and as keynote speakers since the February 2007 publication of their book, the couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans, as well as the millions of Americans who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction.

They have founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to assist injured service members and their families heal from the wounds of war. To date, the non-profit foundation has raised more than $20 million and invested in grassroots organizations and programs around the country that are helping veterans successfully reintegrate into their communities and receive critical long-term care.

Woodruff is a contributing reporter for “CBS This Morning.” Her best-selling book Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress, was followed by her first novel “Those We Love Most,” which became a New York Times Best-Seller and won the Washington Irving Book Award for fiction.

A freelance writer, Woodruff has penned numerous personal articles about her family and parenting that have run in magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and Parade.

In addition to freelance writing, Woodruff ran her own public relations and marketing consulting business for 16 years. Before that, she was senior vice president of public relations firm Porter Novelli.

Woodruff is a trustee and alumnus of Colgate University and an avid lover of the Adirondack region. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and four children.

A Few Facts You Won’t Find in Any Bio:

1) Chocolate covered gummy bears are my all time favorite disgusting indulgence. I know, I know.

2) I have no desire to ever go into space.

3) While binge-watching “Breaking Bad,” I emotionally neglected my children.

4) Wallace Stegner is my favorite deceased writer.

5) My ideal day involves reading by a sunny window and then watching movies with a pint of ice cream.

6) I have three compost tubs of squirming worms, kitchen garbage and leaves in my garage.

7) Creating terrariums is a summer hobby along with photographing wild mushrooms.

8) I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of Jane Austen or Edith Wharton.

9) I’d rather clean toilets than play cards or board games.

10) My husband is quick to remind me that I once told him I didn’t think the Internet would work.