Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Author
“A master storyteller with the lyricism of a poet.” – NPR
One of America’s most treasured journalists, best-selling author Ron Suskind brings a Renaissance man’s breadth of knowledge and experiences to the speaking stage. His keynotes and mainstage conversations with notable leaders in the financial world draw upon a career as a Pulitzer-Prize-winning Wall Street Journal reporter. Combining a remarkable ability to simplify complex and high-level subject matter with a gift for engaging, entertaining and genuine rapport with audiences, Suskind’s presentations are a showcase for one of the most talented storytellers of our time. Read More >
TEDTalk: The Worthwhile Life
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Character Driven Leadership
Summoning Heroes in Each of Us
What Can I Do?
Presenting the World: Gender and Finance
Life Animated Trailer
This unique live speaking program pairs Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Ron Suskind with former Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin or Morgan Stanley Chief Global Strategist Ruchir Sharma. Combining high-level financial forecasting with revealing behind-the-scenes stories and insightful political and cultural context, these two powerful conversations challenge, inform and provide invaluable perspectives on economies and markets. Ron Suskind’s legendary gifts as a moderator, interviewer and captivating conversationalist are perfect for panel discussions and CEO/Leadership interviews at large events.
In this presentation tailored but not exclusive to the FIRE professions—the Financial, Insurance and Real Estate sectors, Ron takes the audience on an edgy, humorous ride through the history of the management of money from risk. From the halls of the Medicis in Florence to the backroom deals of J.P. Morgan to the Wall Street of today, Ron shows how risk became underpriced over time. This, in turn, created the "bubble and bust" cycles so commonplace in today's economic climate. Through tips and stories rarely shared with audiences until now, Ron offers a way out of this recurring trap, arguing for a restoration of sustainable values in the private and public sector.
Ron's sixth book, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, examines his family's twenty-year journey with youngest son, Owen. Having lost his speech at the age of three, Owen used animated Disney movies to make sense of himself and the world. By memorizing these iconic movies and parroting their dialogue, he learned how to communicate and express himself, prompting his family members to create elaborate stage sets to re-enact these films and “speak Disney” along with him. Owen emerged into adulthood with a unique skillset; along the way, he created a method to help other parents and medical experts reach kids with autism. This deeply personal but universally resonant presentation, in which Ron shares stories of Owen's unique journey from quiet solitude to animated communication, showcases an adventure of the human heart — culminating in a memorable father/son appearance on Comedy Central’s annual autism fundraiser, Night of Too Many Stars. The Suskind motto–your passion is your pathway–now guides educators, therapists and parents in tapping the deep potential in all of us.
In troubled times, when political turmoil creates deep divides and uncertainty tempts us to retreat into our ourselves, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author and Harvard Ethics Senior Fellow Ron Suskind calls on all of us to take action. Instead of stepping back, step up. Instead of staying silent, speak out. Instead of pulling back, reach out to help. Don’t retreat from civic life—reinvigorate it with your passion for justice. Through powerful storytelling and insightful narratives, Suskind emphasizes the importance of volunteerism, philanthropy and civic engagement. Reflecting a career spent in the service of the voiceless, he brings the stories of those in need to life. He also connects the vulnerable of today with those who came before them, creating an inspiring, informed and deeply moving call for action and involvement.
In this companion presentation to Life, Animated: A Tale of Autism & Hidden Potential, Ron delves deeper into Affinity Therapy, the unique method of emulative communication that the Suskinds developed to help Owen, their youngest son, emerge from the shadows of autism. Owen, despite limited speech, memorized fifty animated Disney movies. Throw him a line, he’d throw back the next one. When the Suskinds realized this, they began speaking in Disney dialogue, turning their house into a stage set where they would play out scenes. Over the years, their son’s speech returned. What’s the lesson? Listen to the patient and let them guide you. Ron focuses on the perspectives of both the caregiver and the patient, addressing the importance of a shared language of imagination and demonstrating how myth, fable and legend still remain humanity’s best pathway to healing. Read More >
"People absolutely loved you and your message. To quote one of the comments, 'Wow, just wow!' You were such a good sport to party with the balloons remaining on the stage and to integrate the student entertainment into your remarks. That made you feel like a part of us and not just a hired speaker. Then on top of that, you told you story in such a compelling way that our membership could take it to heart and apply it to their work. Thank you! I wish we would have had more time for you to sign books for people as there was still a line of folks wanting to speak with you when I had to whisk you away to your workshop. You are truly a professional and it would be my honor to speak with anyone who wishes to know more about you as a keynote speaker. You excel at what you do, and your message is profound."
"It was fantastic! He was fantastic! People loved him and the whole presentation. It was just so great and a nice way to kick off the year. You would think he had studied up on our school for a while the way he beautifully weaved in the type of school and students that we have here. I am so happy we could make it work."
"Ron did an outstanding job and created laughs and tears among the 100 attendees culminating in a standing ovation. He was outstanding."
"Ron was absolutely outstanding! The crowd of 900 was laughing and crying at various points of the speech, and they reacted with a standing ovation. It could not have been better. In fact, educators are such a perfect audience for his message."
"Ron Suskind was AWESOME!!!! Like, probably my favorite of forever. This is a brilliant man, an amazing teacher, an incredible human being. I hope that we can get him to come again!"
"Ron was phenomenal in many ways. He is a phenomenal storyteller and a strong advocate for workers with disabilities. Thank you so much for your recommendation; there were many tears in our audience, as we have staff who have children with autism and also community folks who emailed us and said his speech really hit home. Ron was one of my favorite speakers that we’ve had."
"Thank you so much for recommending Ron Suskind as a speaker for the opening meeting of National Council of Jewish Women, Peninsula Section. The 250 women and men in the room couldn't have been more pleased with his presentation. Ron was funny, informed and so very personable. He connected with his audience on an intellectual and personal level. I would highly recommend him for any future bookings. I also want to thank APB for making my job so easy! I called you at a time when another speaker at another agency had cancelled a few weeks before my event, and you came through for me with the perfect recommendation."
"Thank you for your recommendation of Ron Suskind for our 2016 Mental Health Champions’ Banquet. Ron was engaging, outgoing and congenial, which immediately puts everyone around him at ease. He is so well-informed and knowledgeable in the area of autism, and his speech roused the interest of all attendees! The feedback we received is so complimentary, and he went the extra mile to include our award recipients into his speech, recognizing their struggles and amazing successes! We are so thankful that Ron joined us!"
"Ron was awesome! Our members loved his presentation, lined up for his book signing and his workshop room completely filled with people standing outside. He waited to speak with each person lined up to talk with him after his workshop was completed. He’s definitely a professional and so wonderful to work with."
"Yesterday's luncheon was the perfect presentation to remind me why I volunteer for the Blue Bird Circle. I had two friends attending who have a grandchild with autism, and they were "blown away." Needless to say, I was very proud knowing that our hard work makes a difference! Great luncheon speaker choice!!"
"I want to let you know how well received Ron Suskind was as commencement speaker. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with him prior to the ceremony and was seated next to him on the platform. Following his speech, delivered with no notes and even incorporating some of what I had told him about the class minutes before the ceremony, he shook hands with and congratulated each of the students as they came across the stage to receive diplomas. I could hear large numbers of them complimenting him on his talk. As we exited I could also hear many of the parents’ compliments. I am also told that a number of the parents requested his autograph on the commencement program. Everyone I have talked with was very happy with his participation. This may have been the best commencement speech I have experienced in my 28 years at Lewis & Clark College. Thank you."
"A big thank you for recommending Ron Suskind to speak at our event here at Bellevue University. He was everything you said he would be and more! I am still receiving emails from those who attended our event; I keep reading “AWESOME EVENT!” I can’t wait to do it again. I would even make arrangements to book Ron Suskind to return. It was a pleasure to work with you and I hope to work with you in the near future."
"WOW! Ron was excellent and delivered such a powerful story that everyone in the room could certainly relate to. On a personal note, as the proud aunt to a wonderful autistic nephew, I found great value in his message. Please pass along my most sincere gratitude to Mr. Suskind. His presentation was perfect!"