Spring 2019 Commencement Speaker: Susan C. Robinson

Susan C. Robinson

Susan Robinson is a leader making an impact on the world in a truly unique way. Through her corporate and conference keynote, commencement addresses, workshops, client initiatives and writing, she masterfully blends 25+ years of multi-sector leadership with her experiences being legally blind to shift thinking, elevate potential and inspire action. She 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. Susan's adept ability to convey difficult and complex issues with approachability allows her to resonate with diverse audiences. Exemplified by her TED Talk with 1.4M+ views, “How I fail at being disabled,” Susan humorously weaves disparate concepts into a meaningful narrative and flips generally-accepted ideas upside down to uncover, challenge and redefine preconceived obstacles.

In her role as advisor and consultant, Susan works with other 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; and business strategy, horizon and transformation planning. 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.

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.

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.

Susan is a tango dancer, yoga practitioner, tandem cyclist and world traveler. She lives in New York City.