Megan Feldman Bettencourt is an award-winning writer, author and speaker. She has reported from many countries, including Guatemala, Mexico, Canada, Rwanda and the UK. Megan’s journalism has appeared in publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, Psychology Today, Salon, The Miami Herald, The Daily Beast, Glamour, Newsday, Southwest: The Magazine, 5280: The Denver Magazine, The Dallas Observer, LA Weekly and many others.
Her debut book, Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World, explores forgiveness through science, stories and memoir. Named a “Best Book of 2015 on the Science of a Meaningful Life” by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley and a finalist for the National MS Society’s Books for a Better Life Awards, it has been featured by media including The Telegraph, The Star-Tribune, PBS, HuffPo Women, as well as nationally syndicated radio shows and popular podcasts.
An alumnus of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, Megan lives in Denver with her husband and son. As a keynote speaker, she frequently gives talks on how the practice of seeking and granting forgiveness enhances not only individual health and wellbeing, but also the collective health and productivity of our schools, agencies and companies.
Megan’s work has been nationally recognized. In addition to the awards for her book, her article, “What Happened to Abbey’s Mom,” in 5280, won Best Health Feature in the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists’ Top of the Rockies Awards and was named a 2012 finalist for the prestigious Livingston Awards for Young Journalists.
Her chronicle of a doomed GOP gubernatorial candidate, also in 5280, won Best General Political Reporting in the 2011 Top of the Rockies Awards. While a staff writer at Village Voice Media’s Dallas Observer, Megan’s cover story about American Iraq War deserters seeking refuge in Canada was a finalist for the 2010 PEN Literary Award, and in 2008, her narrative about Central American migrants riding Mexico’s “death trains” 1,500 miles to reach the U.S. won Best Feature from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and made Megan a Livingston Finalist.
Veteran journalist Megan Feldman Bettencourt shows the power of forgiveness on all levels and in different situations, from a break-up to genocide. By combining scientific research with stories that can make you laugh out loud and cry, she shows us that giving up resentment has a profound physical, emotional, and mental impact on the way we live.
Megan spoke at our 8th grade commencement. Her speech on forgiving yourself was not only timely for our 8th graders but struck a cord with the entire audience, adults included. She used humor and honesty to impart the importance of taking a step back from the pressures of the world and not being so hard on ourselves.