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Susan David Ph.D.
Susan David Ph.D.Headshot

Susan David Ph.D.

Harvard Psychologist; Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author; and Creator of a Top 10 TED Talk, with over 6 Million Views

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One of the world’s foremost leadership and management thinkers, and an award-winning Harvard psychologist, Susan David is the author of Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life—a #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller. 

With powerful and engaging storytelling, humor, and insight, Susan creates a deep and authentic connection with the audience—compelling each person to feel understood, inspired, and able to initiate real, pragmatic change. Susan has a Ph.D. in psychology (clinical) and a post-doctorate in emotions research from Yale. A faculty member at Harvard Medical School, she is also co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. 

Her “Emotional Agility TED Talk” went viral rapidly, posting over 1 million views in its first week of release. Susan’s concept of emotional agility helps organizations cultivate outstanding leadership, agility in the face of complexity, and a human-centered, resilient, engaged culture. She inspires audiences to think, feel, and act differently. 

“Understanding how to bring your best self to work every day will yield deeply impactful and positive outcomes for your, your colleagues, and your organization.”

– Susan David 

Susan was named to the Thinkers50 global list of the top management thinkers, is a visionary influencer, and a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Susan talks about how our ability to thrive is hindered by becoming hooked on thoughts, emotions, and stories. She enables people to remain curious, courageous, and values-committed even in times of challenge. 

In her presentation, Susan helps business audiences focus on defining and executing effective strategy, especially in the areas of engagement, high-performance leadership, and culture change in today’s complex society. She has collaborated with multinational firms such as Ernst and Young Global, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Development Program, JP Morgan Chase, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nestlé.

Harvard Psychologist; Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author; and Creator of a Top 10 TED Talk, with over 6 Million Views
Keywords: Leadership; Business Leadership; Entrepreneur; Inspiration; Motivation; Life Balance

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