Susan Robinson

“I hate the word disabled when it’s used to describe people. It detonates a mindset of less than that utterly disregards capacity, ability, potential, instead prioritizing brokenness and lack.” 

So says Susan Robinson, one of the nation’s most highly sought after speakers on leadership, upending expectations, and talent regardless of packaging. She’s lived it, along with 25+ years of organizational leadership, cultivating her wisdom and trademark sense of humor in the process. 

Whether it’s advising Fortune 500 companies on novel initiatives that will raise revenue, or giving a leadership workshop for top talent, Susan is known for waking people up and steering them towards measurable change. 

Susan is an Executive Board Member of the Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Council and a Board Member of both the New York State Preferred Source for the Blind and InTandem Cycling. Her TED talk has been viewed over 1.4M times.

Again people use that word disability, and it just puts you in a space of what can’t be possible, and failing at what can’t be possible is probably a really good thing.
--Susan Robinson


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