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Susan  David

Susan David

Harvard Medical School Psychologist & WSJ Best-Selling Author


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. Read More >

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 Inc.com 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 TED.com, making it one of the ten most popular TED talks of 2018. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TED: How to Be Your Best Self in Times of Crisis

TED: The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage

Speaking Reel

Emotional Agility

Speech Topics

Emotional Agility

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

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

  • 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


Outstanding organizations are built on a culture of flexibility, teaming, innovation, inclusion, and customer-centricity. Read More >

Yet, complexity conspires against culture, creating rigidity, stifling creativity, and weakening relationships. Read Less ^

  • 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.


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. Read More >

Here's what we can do to change our habits: Read Less ^

  • 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.