Martha Beck

Martha Beck

Martha Beck, PhD, is a writer and life coach who specializes in helping people design satisfying and meaningful life experiences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology, all from Harvard University.

Beck worked as a research associate at Harvard Business School, studying career paths and life-course changes in today’s economic and social environment.

Before becoming a life coach, she taught sociology, social psychology, organizational behavior, and business management at Harvard and the American Graduate School of International Management. She has published academic books and articles on a variety of social science and business topics.

Her many nonacademic books include the New York Times best-sellers Expecting Adam and Leaving the Saints, as well as Finding Your Own North Star, Steering by Starlight, and her newest book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World.

Beck has also been a contributing editor for many popular magazines, including Real Simple and Redbook. She has been a columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine, since its inception in 2000.

What People are Saying About Martha Beck

“[Martha Beck is] the best known life coach in America.”
—USA Today
“Martha Beck has a rare ability to see the world with wisdom and heart. She is a teacher in the truest sense of the word.”
—Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection
“If you want to be like Oprah Winfrey—and who doesn’t—we have two words for you: Martha Beck.”
—Boston Globe