Susan David

Susan David

Harvard Medical School Psychologist and TED Speaker, author of Emotional Agility, a #1 Wall Street Journal best-selling book


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


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


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


Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Her new #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility based on the concept 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 went viral with over 1 million views in its first week of release. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business ReviewNew 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 consultant, with clients that include the World Economic Forum, EY, United Nations, Google, Microsoft, NASDAQ, and many other national and multinational organizations. Her focus is on defining and executing effective strategy, especially in the areas of engagement, high-performance leadership, and culture change. Susan is the CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, a Cofounder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate), and on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Thrive Global and Virgin Pulse. Susan lives outside of Boston with her family.

Speech Topics


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

Speaker Fee Range

East Coast, USA 25,000-35,000

Rest of USA, UK & Europe US $35,000-$45,000

Middle East, Asia, Australia US $45,000-$60,000

Virtual fees

A virtual facilitated conversation, co-hosted by an internal organizational leader or event moderator.

  • Masterfully addresses event goals.
  • Up to 1 hour.
  • Indicative fee: US $12,500 plus.

A virtual keynote presentation to catalyze each person to be their best .

  • The option for audience Q&A.
  • Up to 1.25 hours.
  • Indicative fee: US $16,000 plus.

A virtual, facilitated and interactive workshop that enables each person to process and plan how to bring the best of themselves forward.

  • Can be customized to executive team, managers, or general audience.
  • Up to 2.5 hours (includes break).
  • Indicative fee: US $25,000 plus.
Travels From

Boston, MA