Susan David, Ph.D.
Emotional Agility, Leadership, Change Management, Engagement & Culture Expert
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Susan David Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning psychologist at Harvard Medical School. Co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard/McLean Hospital and an authority on leadership, organizational culture, and success, she has been named to the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list; the thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led, and is a highly-sought speaker and scientific adviser. She is the author of the acclaimed Emotional Agility, an Amazon Best Book of the Year, Axiom Business Book Award Medalist, and a Nominee for the Books for a Better Life Award 2017. Dr. David and Emotional Agility have been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, TIME, Business Insider, Fast Company, MSNBC,, Forbes, Strategy + Business, National Public Radio (Here & Now), PBS News Hour, Harvard Business Review and many other leading publications. Dr. David’s academic books include: The Oxford Handbook of Happiness (Oxford University Press) and Beyond Goals (Gower). Dr. David lives outside Boston with her family.

Speech Topics

Susan is an outstanding and highly experienced keynote speaker. She speaks directly, passionately, and with empathy and conviction, in a way that resonates deeply with her audience. She routinely receives standing ovations, and talk attendees frequently send testimonials about the profound impact her insights have had on their lives and work. Sample speaking titles (in bold) and core topics (in parentheses) include:

  • Who’s in Charge: The Thinker or the Thought? (The Emotional Agility Concept)
  • Discomfort is the Price of Admission to a Meaningful Life (Leadership)
  • Courage is Fear Walking: How to Thrive in Turbulent Times (Leading Change)
  • Walk Your Why: How to Use Emotional Agility to Align Values and Actions Across Your Organization (Culture)
Trailer: Emotional Agility
TED Talk: The gift and power of emotional courage
Article: Why Forcing Positive Thinking Won’t Make You Happy
Article: Teaching Your Child Emotional Agility
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