HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Kelsey Crowe

Author & Founder of Help Each Other Out


  • Empathy Basics: Manageable Kindness Done With Joy
  • Empathy Bootcamp: Tools for Building Relationships When It Really Counts



Kelsey Crowe, Ph.D. is the founder of Help Each Other Out. Crowe earned her doctorate in social welfare at the University of California, Berkley and teaches social work at California State University. Crowe’s first book, There Is No Good Card for This: What To Say and Do When Life Gets Scary, Awful, and Unfair To People You Love (HarperOne), coauthored with Emily McDowell, debuted January 2017.

Written in a how-to, relatable, we’ve-all-been-that-deer-in-the-headlights kind of way, There Is No Good Card for This isn’t a spiritual treatise on how to make you a better person or a scientific argument about why compassion matters. It is a helpful illustrated guide to effective compassion that takes you, step by step by step, past the paralysis of thinking about someone in a difficult time to actually doing something (or nothing) with good judgment instead of fear.

Crowe’s organization Help Each Other Out is a growing collective of people embracing the idea that being there for others is often easier than we think, it can be learned, and that it matters. Taking the principles found in There Is No Good Card for This along with her many years of experience in the field and organization, a presentation with Crowe is not one to miss. From universities to health care organizations, every audience member will walk away feeling inspired.

Currently, Crowe resides in San Francisco, California with her husband and daughter. She hopes for a day when no one has to suffer a personal trial alone because the people around them just didn’t know what to do or say.

Praise for Kelsey Crowe:

“This workshop allowed us to go into our fears and strengths around how we care for others both personally and professionally. It helps all of us bring more of who we are to the world.”
--Naomi Hoffer, UCSF Program Manager Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center

“I was truly moved by the honesty, the passion, and the courage in the room–all stemming from your leadership and genuineness. I would love to spread the word amongst our community, as I feel it’s needed even more than ever right now.”
--Mindy Schweitzer-Rawls, Development Director, Shanti Project

Praise for There Is No Good Card for This:

“A heartfelt and practical guide for caring when it really matters.”
--Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In

“This book is a gift. It’s the wonderful crash course in Humanity 101 that none of us got to take in school. Without judgment, and with humor and compassion, this book shows you how to show up as the best possible version of yourself when it matters most.”
--Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic

“This book makes complicated things simple and helps us say to each other what we’re dying to say. When I hand it to my friends, they’ll laugh, cry and breathe easier. The realness and support in these pages feels like oxygen in a world suffocating from shininess and formality.”
--Glennon Doyle Melton, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior

“This book has fundamentally changed how I approach helping and caring for others. Compassion and creativity literally leap off the page. It’s full of sage advice on how to be a better friend, colleague, family member, and partner to those who are suffering.”
--Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals

“At last, a book for the vast swath of us who really care but don’t know how to show it sometimes. Kelsey and Emily made this enormous and complex issue accessible and so wonderfully helpful. It’s just right for any human being who ever plans on being close to another.”
--BJ Miller, MD Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF