Eric Weiner, Journalist, Best-Selling Author and World Traveler, to Keynote Chamber’s 65th Annual Dinner


Contact: Erik Greenfield, Communications Manager, 608-443-1952 (office), 608-669-7884 (cell)

MADISON – Best-selling author and global traveler Eric Weiner will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s 65th Annual Dinner on Sept. 27 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. His latest book, The Geography of Genius, explores the history of places from ancient Athens to Renaissance Florence to modern-day Silicon Valley to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

“As a foreign correspondent who has traveled the world seeking answers to life’s biggest questions, Eric Weiner is the perfect speaker to examine how place inspires creativity, produces innovators and encourages curiosity,” said Chamber President Zach Brandon. “Eric’s travels have given him fascinating insights into how and why certain places are well-positioned to cultivate genius, and we are excited to welcome him to the ground level for the next big thing.”

In addition to The Geography of Genius, Weiner is also the author of The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World, a New York Times best-selling memoir of his travels to countries that are known for their happy people, and Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine, a book based on his travels of the world in search for an experience of the divine. He has also traveled the globe as an award-winning correspondent for National Public Radio, the BBC and The New York Times, and his commentaries have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Slate and The New Republic. Learn more at

Presented by Wells Fargo, the Chamber’s 65th Annual Dinner will bring together 1,000 business and community leaders for an engaging program featuring speakers, networking, music and more. To register, visit here:

About the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce:
The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business with nearly 1,300 organizations – ranging from one-person shops to corporations with more than 10,000 employees – working to bring the Greater Madison area to its full potential. The Greater Madison region is a leader in innovation. From cutting-edge technologies to distinctive retail shops to inventive services and products, our members vary greatly but are united by the region’s entrepreneurial spirit. More information can be found at


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