HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Emilie Wapnick

Multipotentialite, Author, Community Leader & Coach. Founder and Creative Director at Puttylike.com


  • Multipotentialites/Generalists/Renaissance People
  • Career
  • Self-Esteem/Confidence
  • Creativity/Productivity
  • Supporting Multipotentialite Kids
  • Lifestyle Design



Emilie Wapnick is a writer, career coach, blogger, and community leader. She is the founder and creative director at Puttylike.com, where she helps multipotentialites (people with many passions and creative pursuits) integrate all of their interests to create dynamic, fulfilling, and fruitful careers and lives. In May 2017, Wapnick’s book How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up (HarperOne) debuts.

What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a familiar question we're all asked as kids. While seemingly harmless, the question has unintended consequences. It can make you feel like you need to choose one job, one passion, one thing to be about. Guess what? You don't. How to Be Everything helps you channel your diverse passions and skills to work for you. Based on her popular TED talk “Why some of us don't have one true calling", which has been viewed over 3.6 million times and has been translated into 36 languages, Wapnick flips the script on conventional career advice. Instead of suggesting that you specialize, choose a niche or accumulate 10,000 hours of practice in a single area, Wapnick provides a practical framework for building a sustainable life around ALL of your passions. How to Be Everything teaches you how to design a life, at any age and stage of your career, that allows you to be fully you, and find the kind of work you'll love.

Unable to settle on one path herself, Wapnick studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University. She's been featured in Fast CompanyForbesFinancial TimesInc., Huffington Post, and Lifehacker. A highly sought after speaker, Wapnick has presented and facilitated workshops across the United States and internationally.

Currently, Wapnick resides in Salt Springs Island, B.C., Canada.

Praise for Emilie Wapnick:

“Emilie has a unique presentation style. As a multipotentiate, she has the ability to connect with every person in the audience: students, parents, educators and administrators. With the use of humor, stories of struggle and success, and a sense of understanding, Emile provided parents and teachers with strategies and ideas to engage learners who are multipotentiates, or to re-engage disenfranchised learners by understanding that these students have great potential that needs to be nurtured.  Parents and teachers who attended Emilie’s presentation shared that she was one of the most refreshing, honest and “real” presenters they have seen in a long while.”
-- Blanche Kapushion, Director of Gifted and Talented Education of Jeffco Public Schools, Jefferson County, CO

“Emilie’s talk & workshop were phenomenal: energetic, engaging, and informative. Both helped expand students’ and community members’ ideas of their own potential. Additionally, she did not only talk in theory; she also provided a solid framework for concretely exploring multipod identities.”
--Renata Gerecke, Vice President of Operations at Pomona Student Union

“I saw Emilie speak at our Jeffco Gifted and Talented parents’ evening seminar, (which I was attending to support my 9-year-old). Saying that her talk blew my mind would be a gross understatement. I literally called all my closest friends – my boyfriend, my best friend, my sister, and both my parents – on the way home from the talk to share my epiphany. It was like a light suddenly went on and all those things I had labeled “flaky” or “indecisive” were suddenly shifted into a positive light. Thank you so much, Emilie!”
--Chanel, Audience Member, Golden, Colorado

Praise for How to Be Everything:

“We are all unique, so why does there only seem to be one path towards success? How to Be Everything throws out this one-size-fits-all approach and explains how to make our diverse skills sets work for us.
--Todd Rose, Harvard University scientist, co-founder and president of the Center for Individual Opportunity, and author of The End of Average

“Emilie brings hope, tools, inspiration and affirmation to the most misunderstood and undervalued segment of our society: multipotentialites. I raise my fist in solidarity, and celebrate this groundbreaking book!”
--Pamela Slim, author of Body of Work and Escape from Cubicle Nation

“If you’ve struggled finding your place in a world that rewards conformity, you know that choosing a single profession isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. You’re no longer alone—Emilie’s HOW TO BE EVERYTHING is a beautiful guide with practical tools to help you find your way without losing yourself.”
--Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup