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2021 Conference: Long-term Thinking Amid Crisis - A look through The Optimist's Telescope

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2021 Conference: Long-term Thinking Amid Crisis - A look through The Optimist's Telescope
Video Still of Bina Venkataraman and Susan David

How can thinking ahead in an era of instant gratification help us both gain perspective and prevent disaster? What tools of foresight should we hone as individuals and collectively to do right by future generations? Join author and Boston Globe Editorial Page Editor Bina Venkataraman in conversation with Susan David, Co-founder of the Institute of Coaching, for a fireside chat. Venkataraman will impart insights from her 2019 book, The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age.


Bina Venkataraman is an American journalist, author, and policy expert. She is currently the Editorial Page Editor of The Boston Globe and a fellow at New America. She formerly served as Senior Advisor for Climate Change Innovation in the Obama White House.  Since 2011, Venkataraman has taught in the program on science, technology, and society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is the author of The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, which was named a top business book by The Financial Times and a best book of 2019 by Amazon, Science Friday, and National Public Radio.


Susan David, a Co-founder and Co-director of the Institute of Coaching is an internationally recognized thought leader operating at the nexus of business and psychology. Her focus is on defining and executing effective people strategies, particularly in the areas of employee engagement, high-performance leadership, and organizational culture change. 

Susan is a sought-after keynote speaker, and a highly experienced coach and consultant to C-suite executives. Her unique combination of pragmatic business experience and extensive scientific knowledge allows her to help leaders meet the most pressing business challenges without losing sight of their most important asset: their people. Susan has been a coach and strategic advisor to executives at the helm of mergers, acquisitions, leadership transitions, and people strategy revisions. She routinely consults internationally at the most senior levels of large organizations and has extensive experience in industries as perse as financial services, information technology, healthcare, utilities, pharmaceuticals, and mining. Her client list includes Ernst and Young Global, the World Economic Forum, BHP Billiton, United Nations Development Program, JP Morgan Chase, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nestlé, among many other multinational firms. A lifelong learner, Susan has completed BA, MA, MPsych, and Ph.D. degrees, as well as postdoctoral studies (Yale). She is CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, a management consultancy and an Instructor in Psychology (Department of Psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School. 

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