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Susan Robinson

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Legally blind, adviser on overcoming adversity helping businesses and nonprofits beat the odds

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Speaker Susan Robinson is a tango dancer, a yogi, tandem cyclist and a world traveler. Susan is also legally blind, but she has never let that fact slow down the pursuit of her dreams. A consultant and adviser in overcoming adversity and paving new roads to success, Susan uses humor to analyze life’s lessons and turn generally-accepted ideas upside down. She uncovers, challenges and redefines preconceived obstacles, and her inspiring TED Talk “How I fail at being disabled” has more than 1.4 million views. As your keynote speaker, Susan Robinson will inspire your team to succeed and beat all odds.

Why book speaker Susan Robinson?

  • She inspires. As a corporate and conference-level keynote speaker, Susan Robinson has more than 25 years of multi-sector leadership experience, which is also informed by her experience as a legally blind person. Her stories shift thinking, elevate potential and inspire action.
  • She can show you how to beat the odds. In her role as adviser and consultant, Susan works with business leaders on efforts that impact revenue, relevance and reputation. Her previous projects have included leadership workshops for top talent, enterprise-wide assessments to optimize competitive differentiators and growth potential; business strategy, horizon and transformation planning.
  • She is not afraid of failure. Having high pressure responsibilities and experiencing social media’s curated perfection can cause tremendous paralyzing anxiety over missteps and shortcomings. Speaker Susan Robinson takes a humorous approach to guide teams through it all to turn perceived missteps into success.

As a keynote speaker, Susan Robinson has worked with global firms and Fortune 500 companies, top not-for-profit organizations, leading universities and the United Nations. Her speaking style is dynamic, inspirational and thought-provoking, and she has an adept ability to convey difficult and complex issues with an approachability that allows her to resonate with diverse audiences.

Using humor, speaker Susan Robinson exposes the ugly truth about mistakes while showing teams how to own theirs and take advantage of unrealized opportunities to create success. The results are impactful and include increased competency to lead a new program launch for one client; a 7-fold increase in revenue for another, and a successful organizational leadership transition for a third.

Her previous projects have included leadership workshops for top talent; enterprise-wide assessments to optimize competitive differentiators and growth potential; and business strategy, horizon and transformation planning. She received her Master of Public Administration, specializing in Health Policy and Management, from New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; and her Bachelor of Science, Health Policy and Administration, with minors in Business and Economics, from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Dis-Labeled: Your Are Not Who They Say You Are 20-60 minutes

Speaker Susan Robinson is an adviser to global business leaders, speaker, blogger, tango dancer, world traveler, cyclist and TED Speaker with more than 1.4 million views. She is also legally blind. Through this talk, she will share her inspirational and humorous insights on curiosity, adaptability and fearlessness for successfully pursuing audacious goals.

In this session, you will learn:

  • To shift thinking that allows present and future recognition of ability and pathways to success
  • To reframe strategies that ensure success at school, work, community and home
  • To gain confidence in interacting with and supporting the dreams of any friend, acquaintance or stranger who is labeled “different”
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Epic Fails and the Awesomeness Aftermath

Having high pressure responsibilities and experiencing social media’s curated perfection can cause tremendous concern (or even paralyzing anxiety) about missteps and shortcomings. This talk humorously and transparently exposes the ugly truth: Mistakes are real, made everyday, owned by everyone and often offer unrealized opportunity to create success. In highlighting some of her most embarrassing failures, speaker Susan Robinson reveals secrets to turning an epic fail into an outstanding win.

In this session you will learn:

  • To redefine the concept of and criteria for failure
  • To upskill recognizing, or creating, opportunity from any circumstance
  • To learn a powerful and positive perspective and tools that will keep anyone moving forward despite an “epic failure”
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How A Legally Blind Leader Creates Vision: 5 Key Leadership Skills for Success

Leveraging her more than 25 years of leadership experience, speaker Susan Robinson has constructed this series of five interactive presentations to address key skills that great leaders master. These include ultra-creative thinking, strategic thinking, problem solving, negotiation and communication. Each is deconstructed into functional components, demonstrated by senior and executive level experiences and reassembled with new tools participants can immediately put into practice.

In this session you will learn:

  • To deepen the understanding of key leadership skills
  • To build additional skills within each topic to enhance abilities for all participants
  • At the conclusion of the series, to integrate all topics so that can be effectively used in real-time scenarios
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Success Done Differently

No two individuals are the same and no two leaders are successful in the same way. Yet the appreciation for differences in winning characteristics and styles can be limited for women, those with “disabilities” and others. In this session, Susan shares her unique experiences as a leader who is legally blind, promotes ideas on “talent regardless of packaging” and offers strategies to pave an authentic road to success.

Learning objectives include:

  • To learn a traditional and non-traditional frameworks on leadership issues such as vision, goals, transformation and influence that create success
  • To cultivate a leadership voice in a unique and authentic way
  • To recognize and focus on competency and fit (and other objective factors) as key indicators of success
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    TED Talk "How I fail at being disabled"

    Speaker Susan Robinson talks about overcoming disability in her talk “How I fail at being disabled.”

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