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Visionary behind Emotional Agility


Susan David, Ph.D., is an award-winning Psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School; co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital; and CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, a boutique business consultancy. She is the author of the new #1 Wall Street Journal best-selling book Emotional Agility based on her concept that Harvard Business Review heralded as a Management Idea of the Year, and has been featured in numerous leading publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and TIME Magazine.

An in-demand Emotional Agility speaker, advisor, and coach Susan has worked with the senior leadership of hundreds of major organizations, including the United Nations, Ernst & Young, and the World Economic Forum. She is on the core faculty of the extraordinary global program Homeward Bound which culminates in an all-women expedition to Antarctica and is being filmed as a documentary. The program aims at increasing the influence and impact of women in the sciences. Originally from South Africa, Susan lives outside of Boston with her family.

Talking Points

Emotional Agility

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

The Business Stream:
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 hinder 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 behavioural 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.
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’. Mckinsey & Company

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, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

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.

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