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The Visionary Behind "Emotional Agility"

Susan David, Ph.D.: Biography at a Glance

  • Dr. David developed the concept of Emotional Agility, a concept heralded by Harvard Business Review as a Breakthrough Idea of the Year.
  • Author of the multi-award winning, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal-featured book, Emotional Agility.
  • Psychologist at Harvard Medical School, co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, and CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, a boutique
  • consultancy specializing in high performance leadership, change management, and organizational culture.
  • Highly experienced speaker, scientific advisor, and consultant to many top corporations and international organizations. Recent clients include: Google, Microsoft, JetBlue, EY (Ernst & Young), BHP Billiton, NASDAQ, United Nations, World Economic Forum, World Bank, JP Morgan, Kimpton Hotel Group and many others.
The Visionary Behind "Emotional Agility"

Dr. Susan David is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning psychologist at Harvard Medical School. Co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard/McLean Hospital, Dr. David’s research focuses on employee engagement, emotional skills, leadership, and coaching effectiveness.

She is bestselling author of "Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change," and "Thrive in Work and Life," an Amazon Best Book of the Year, among other successful books.

An authority on leadership, organizational culture, and success, Dr. David has been named to the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list—the thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. She has been awarded sixteen prizes and scholarships, including two for research on emotions in coaching and wellbeing.

Dr. David is also a highly-sought speaker and scientific adviser; as CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, a boutique consulting firm specializing in high performance leadership, change management, and organizational culture, David has consulted for such companies as Google, Microsoft, JetBlue, EY, NASDAQ, the UN, World Economic Forum, World Bank, JP Morgan, and Kimpton Hotel Group.

Dr. David and "Emotional Agility" have been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, TIME, Business Insider, Fast Company, MSNBC, INC.com, Forbes, Strategy + Business, National Public Radio (Here & Now), PBS News Hour, Harvard Business Review, and many other leading publications.

Her academic books include: "The Oxford Handbook of Happiness" (Oxford University Press) and "Beyond Goals" (Gower). 

Dr. David is also a core faculty member of the 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.

Dr. David holds Bachelors, Honours, two Masters Degrees, and a PhD in Psychology. She completed her postdoctoral studies at Yale University, USA and the University of Melbourne, Australia.

“She was great! Really hit on things that were/are on our minds and I’m glad she was able to join us.”

Fox Broadcasting Company

“Susan is always authentic, passionate and stunning. This presentation prompted thought, left us wanting more. Thank you for sharing your marvelous gifts.”

Harvard University

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