Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Author
Ron Suskind is one of our most treasured journalists. As a reporter and senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal, he has covered capitalism and our nation's capital in addition to penning front-page investigative features on poverty, race and class in America, which won him a Pulitzer Prize. Read More >
TEDTalk: The Worthwhile Life
Confidence Men: Obama and Bipartisan Leadership
Character Driven Leadership
What Can I Do?
Presenting the World: Gender and Finance
Life Animated Trailer
Ron's sixth book, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, examines his family's twenty-year struggle with its youngest son, Owen, who is on the autism spectrum. Having lost his speech at age three, Owen seized upon a particular interest in the form of animated Disney movies, which helped him make sense of himself and the world. Read More >
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 in the Suskind home to re-enact these films and speak Disney along with him. Owen emerged as a teenager with a unique skillset; along the way, he may have created a method for other parents and medical experts to reach autistic kids by following a similar model of emulative expression. This deeply personal but universally resonant presentation is an adventure story of the human heart in which Ron shares stories of Owen's unique transformation from quiet solitude to animated communication — culminating in a memorable father/son appearance with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s annual autism fundraiser, Night of Too Many Stars, where Owen, so long a silent child, joyfully outshines America’s biggest stars. The Suskind motto – your passion is your pathway – now guides educators, therapists and parents in tapping deep potential in us all.
Get a front row seat to this highly entertaining keynote presentation in which one of the country's most gifted and engaging speakers electrifies audiences with intimate anecdotes and complex global stories culled from his experiences as a journalist, chronicler of Presidents, war-zone reporter, author and father to an autistic son. Ron possesses the unique ability to engage with audiences on a variety of topics, including politics, ethics and family affairs, touching hearts and minds through his deeply personal stories.
In this presentation tailored but not exclusive to the FIRE professions — "America's core industry," comprising the Financial, Insurance and Real Estate sectors — Ron takes the audience on an edgy, humorous ride through the management of money from risk across history. Read More >
From the halls of the Medici’s in Florence to the invention of insurance in the 1600s, when risk was first priced, through J.P. Morgan, F.D.R., Reagan and the current players on the scene, Ron shows how risk became underpriced over time, and how this in turn created the cycles of "bubble and bust" that are commonplace in today's economic life. Through tips and stories culled from his journalistic sources — 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. Read Less ^
What de Tocqueville called the "bourgeois virtues" — the storied American principles of honesty and craftsmanship, pride of effort, one man/one vote, transparent markets, fairness of competition, rule of law, civil and human rights — have transformed the country and the world across two centuries. In this presentation tying together the key themes of his five critically acclaimed bestsellers, Ron paints a hopeful portrait of what's next for America in the 21st Century. Read More >
He re-examines these principles, insisting they are the best models yet for preserving the balance of a society and its institutions as seismic changes sweep the globe in this connected age. But in order to maintain this equilibrium, U.S. leaders in both the public and private sectors must avoid the short-term, self-protective impulses that often characterize declining empires in favor of embracing durable models for managing change at home and abroad. Read Less ^
Deemed "a master storyteller with the lyricism of a poet" by NPR, Mr. Suskind, in this rousing and informative presentation, recalls some the more inspirational stories he has reported on during his three-decade career. His circuitous path has taken him from blighted inner cities in America and dusty side streets in Pakistan to the corporate towers of Wall Street and the hallowed halls of the White House. The connective thread of these stories is how individual actions can change the world, provoking the eternal question of What can one person do to effect change?
It's a quandary Ron has confronted countless times in his storied career, through subjects as diverse as an isolated Pacific Islander, a suicidal Lehman Brothers banker, a Somali cab driver and a deeply reflective Barack Obama. These people faced tough choices that bore deep consequences, but their actions ultimately helped pose fundamental questions about how to lead a purposeful life.
In this companion presentation to Life, Animated: A Tale of Autism and Human Potential, Ron delves deeper into the unique method of emulative communication, called Affinity Therapy, that the Suskinds developed to helped their youngest son Owen emerge from the shadows of autism. Audiences learn how the entire Suskind family worked to learn from a child with little speech, who memorized fifty Disney Animated movies. Throw him a line, he’d throw back the next one. Read More >
When the Suskinds realized this, they began speaking in Disney dialogue, turning their house into an elaborate stage set and playing scenes. Over years, their son’s speech returned; he learned to read by scrolling credits, and eventually rewrote the Disney narrative arc in a story that’s been made into a major motion picture. What’s the lesson? Listen to the patient, let them guide you. Ron focuses on the perspectives of the caregiver and the cared for, addressing the importance of finding a shared language of imagination and how myth, fable and legend are humanity’s longtime pathway to healing. Read Less ^
"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!"
"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!"