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“We invited Annabelle Gurwitch to speak at our Annual Global Sales Meeting 2023. Annabelle gave a captivating and motivational talk, bravely sharing her recent battle with lung cancer. I would encourage all of my colleagues in the life sciences and diagnostic industry to invite Annabelle to speak. Thank you, Annabelle, for giving such a moving speech. You are a true inspiration to everyone!”

— Brian McKelligon, CEO Akoya Biosciences

“Annabelle Gurwitch was the keynote speaker at Multi-omics in Brisbane, Australia. She gave a moving reflection of health and disease, peppered with doses of comedic relief – truly a blessed orator, she energized and inspired our group of scientists and researchers.”

— Arutha Kulasinghe, co-director Multi-Omics 2022

“Thank you, Annabelle Gurwitch, for delivering the most engaging talk I have ever heard at a scientific meeting. Thank you for your unique and inspiring perspective.”

— Lecia Sequest, MD, IASLC, Vienna

“Annabelle Gurwitch held Literary Orange attendees spellbound, yes spellbound. She was at once: touching, soulful, irreverent, and comedic.”

— Marie Twombly, Director, Literary Orange, Literary festival of Orange County

“Her humorous and empowering message really resonated with our discerning guests. Annabelle was just what the doctor ordered!”

— Sheryl Press, Canyon Ranch Director of Public Relations

“Annabelle was the Master of Ceremonies for the Annual Dinner at The Rainbow Room. Not only was she charming, funny, warm and insightful, her special combination of humor and compassion set the perfect tone for the event.”

— Deb Wolf, Board of Directors, Services for the Underserved, NYC

“A Must for Girl’s Night Out” 
— Lisa Freeman, Arts & Education Program Coordinator, JCC Indy

“Quick wit, intelligent humor , heart and soul –just what the many doctors at our event ordered!”

— Carla Wohl, Dean of Development, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

“When Annabelle is on stage – she owns the room! As a host, moderator or keynote speaker, she is bright, funny and warm.”

— Marsha Grant, Grant Associates, Party Planner for the National Wildlife Federation, LA

“Razor sharp wit, intelligent humor, heart, laughter and neshama!”

— Rabbi Zoe Klein, Temple Isaiah, LA

Annabelle offers comedy nights, keynotes, guest lectures, 
and MCs at events across the country.
Past events include:​
  • Jewish Free Loans of Los Angeles Gala 2019, MC

  • UJA Spring Event, Long Island, keynote

  • Spring Lecturer for The Charlotte Jewish Federation

  • Reason Rally on the National Mall 2016

  • George Washington University, Jewish Literature Lecturer

  • Canyon Ranch, Tucson, artist in residence 

  • Services for the Underserved Annual Gala, MC, Rainbow Room, NYC

  • Prevention Magazine Summit, MC, Austin, Texas

  • Cedar-Sinai Women’s Luncheon, Beverly Hills, MC, honoring Marilu Henner and Jackie Collins

  • UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, MC, honoring Jared Diamond

  • 75th Gala for National Wildlife Federation, MC

Book and Library Fairs
  • Rancho Mirage Writers Fest

  • Los Angeles Festival of Books

  • Thurber House Spring Speaker Series

  • Miami Book Fair

  • Ann Arbor Library

  • Literary Orange keynote

  • The Nashville Library

  • Annapolis Book Fest

  • Erma Bombeck Writers Conference keynote

  • South by SouthWest

  • US Comedy Arts Fest

  • The Jewish Book Council Book Tour ‘10-‘11 & ‘14-‘15, ‘17-‘18

  • Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival

  • The Nation Magazine Cruise to Alaska

  • New York Comedy Festival


opening plenary: IASLC World Conference on Lung Cancer, Vienna

on the role of patient advocates: press conference: IASLC World Conference 2023, Singapore

speech for the Jewish Federation of San Gabriel Valley

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