Breaking the Silence

Community Alliance is honored to welcome Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Doris Kearns Goodwin as the featured speaker of Breaking the Silence 2023. With her extensive expertise and remarkable storytelling talent, Goodwin will offer a fascinating perspective on some of history’s most impactful presidents and their mental health while in office. 

Following her six critically acclaimed books, Goodwin’s seventh book, “Leadership In Turbulent Times,” was an instant bestseller and published to critical acclaim in 2018.  Focusing on Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson, the book provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field, and for all of us in our everyday lives. Her award-winning book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” was the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln,” which earned 12 Academy Award nominations. The book is often cited as an inspiration for business and political leaders and was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize and the inaugural Book Prize for American History. Goodwin earned the Pulitzer Prize in History for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.” Her book “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys,” was adapted into an award-winning television miniseries. 

Now, on October 5, 2023, at the Holland Performing Arts Center, Goodwin will join us for a conversation about how the personal struggles faced by some of our most consequential presidents affected their leadership. 

People with mental illness enrich our lives — that has been the message conveyed at Breaking the Silence for years, with acclaimed authors, athletes, singers, actors and others joining us to share their stories. We hope you will join us for this year’s event and help us to increase awareness and break the silence around mental health.



Including hors d’oeuvres and beverages

5:30 - 7:00 PM



7:00 PM



Immediately following the program