Susan David Ph.D., Emotional Agility

Susan David


Susan David Ph.D., Emotional Agility
Susan David Ph.D., Emotional Agility

Speaker:    Susan David, Ph.D.,               

Topic Title:              

  1. Emotional Agility 

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Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Her #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility based on the concept that Harvard Business Review heralded as a Management Idea of the Year and winner of the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award, describes the psychological skills critical to thriving in times of complexity and change. Susan’s TED Talk on the topic of emotional agility has been seen by more than 8 million people. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and guest on national radio and television. Named on the Thinkers50 global list of the top management thinkers, Susan is a sought-after keynote speaker and advisor, with clients that include the World Economic Forum, EY, United Nations, Google, Microsoft, NASDAQ, and many other national and multinational organizations. She is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and is a Cofounder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate). Susan lives outside of Boston with her family.

Susan David, Ph.D. is the visionary who developed the concept of Emotional Agility. An award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist, Susan has been named one of the world’s most influential management thinkers. She offers unique expertise on cultivating more agile, healthy, resilient and authentically happy people, families, workplaces, and communities. Thinkers50 recognized her with the Breakthrough Idea Award for “insights that have the potential to forever change the way we do business,” and Harvard Business Review named Emotional Agility a Management Idea of the Year. Her book, Emotional Agility was a #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller, translated into 26 languages, and profiled throughout national and international media including in the New York Times, TIME, and on the TODAY show.  With powerful and engaging stories, humor, and insight, Susan’s creates a deep and authentic connection, so each person in the audience feels understood, inspired, and able to drive real, pragmatic change. Susan has been named an top speaker and received a standing ovation at TED for a talk that went viral, with more than 60 million unique views on social media and 6 million at, making it one of the ten most popular TED talks of 2018.



Because our thoughts, emotions and behavior drive everything; every aspect of how we love, live, parent and lead.

Susan’s talks are uniquely customized to the audience and to address these themes:

Agility * Change * Communication * Culture * Diversity and Inclusion Education
Engagement * Future of Work * Innovation * Inspiring Lives * Talent and Leadership * Teamwork * Performance * Personal Growth * Well-being and Resilience * Women in Leadership


While we strive to strengthen our personal relationships, conquer our bad habits, get ahead in our careers, and parent more effectively, we often get caught in negative emotional and behavioral patterns that prevent us from moving forward

By building awareness of our own and others’ emotional nature and learning to face feelings and unhook from thoughts that hinder us, we are able to change our actions to match our values.

  • Susan explores critical emotional agility habits that enable people to be resilient, adaptive, and to thrive.

  • Susan teaches how being hooked by thoughts, emotions, and stories hinders our success.

  • Susan shows how emotional agility enables people to remain compassionate, curious and courageous in times of challenge, and bring their best selves to life and work.

  • Susan inspires audiences to think, feel, and act differently with deeply impactful and positive outcomes for themselves, their families, colleagues, and communities.


Outstanding organizations are built on a culture of flexibility, teaming, innovation, inclusion, and customer-centricity. Yet, complexity conspires against culture, creating rigidity, stifling creativity, and weakening relationships.

  • Susan explores the critical, internal psychological habits of emotional agility that enable people to engage, drive culture, team, be resilient, and thrive.

  • Susan teaches attendees how being hooked by thoughts, emotions, and stories hinders thriving.

  • Susan explains why emotional agility is a key skill-set that enables people to remain curious, courageous and values-committed even in times of challenge, and to bring their best selves to work.

  • Susan shows a set of essential practical steps to cultivate emotional agility.

  • Susan inspires audiences to think, feel, and act differently with deeply impactful and positive outcomes for themselves, their colleagues, and their organizations.


A sampling of unsolicited feedback received from audience members who were moved by Susan’s words:

“Your keynote was the highlight. I’ve been talking about it to everyone. It was incredibly eye-opening and paradigm shifting. Thank you for all you do!”

“Your agility session was marvelous! Thank you for leading us…it was a gift.”

“One of the most powerful and poignant speakers I’ve listened to. I was truly moved!”

“Hands down the most inspiring, dynamic, and powerful keynote of the entire conference.”

“The best talk I have ever attended. Her delivery was superb.”


We had such an amazing experience!  Thank you.  I had a good feeling about her involvement from the beginning, and the outcome was better than I could have hoped for. She really reached our participants ‘in their hearts’.

Mike Vierow, McKinsey & Company

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Susan was fantastic. She showed great empathy for the audience and guided our leaders on how to become more agile in face of our daily challenges. Her talk was the perfect blend of inspiring and practical, and the audience loved it!

Guilherme Soárez, CEO of HSM

The wisdom of Susan David’s innovative insights is only made more impressive by its practicality.  Her deep understanding of psychology is matched with clear, real-world steps to more effective leadership.

Helen Clark, 27th Prime Minister of New Zealand, UNDP Administrator (2009-2017)

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An outstanding success..!

Jeremy Darroch, CEO of SKY

Susan reminded us of how critical it is to recognize our feelings and to be emotionally agile.  Susan connected with the audience in a powerful way with her ideas and personal stories. It meaningful to us to know that so many others around the world will have an opportunity to be informed and to be inspired.

Pat Mitchell, TEDWomen


Susan frequently speaks to these audiences and industries:

Associations * Board Meetings * Communities * Corporations and Company-wide Employees * CEO and Executive Forums * Parents and Educators * Human Resources Professionals * Professional Services Industry *Sales and Marketing Professionals * Senior Management Groups * Technology Industry Professionals and Entrepreneurs * Women’s Events