Susan Cain

2013 Speaker

Susan Cain is the author of the award-winning, New York Times best-seller, “Quiet,” and the record-smashing TED talk on the power of introverts. “Quiet” has sparked a national conversation about introverts, who make up a third to a half of our workplaces and classrooms, and whose natural talents we can no longer afford to waste. “Quiet” has been translated into over 30 languages, was the subject of  TIME magazine cover story, has appeared on many “best of” lists and was named the “#1 Best Book of the Year” by Fast Company magazine. Cain’s TED talk garnered a standing ovation and smashed a first-week record with over a million views. It has since passed four million views and was named by Bill Gates as one of his all-time favorite talks. Cain has also spoken at Google, Microsoft, West Point, the SEC, the U.S. Treasury and countless other venues.

Tom Peters calls “Quiet” a “masterpiece.” “Quiet” has won favorable comparison to the best works of Malcom Gladwell and Dan Pink. Cain has been featured or appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American, Forbes, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, “CBS This Morning,” NPR’s “All Thing Considered,” NPR’s “Diane Rehm” and many more. Fast Company writes that Cain is “Inspiring a reexamination of corporate structure and processes, spurring change through the classic public intellectual approach: by encouraging us to think.”

Cain graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law School with honors. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons. @SusanCain

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