ABOUT SUSAN

"I’m obsessed with conversation and believe it can change the way we view each other…and the world we share." — Susan Bird

Susan is an inspired communicator, an innovative connector of people and ideas, a podcaster, and a builder of brands. She leads Wf360, a global consultancy she founded in 2000 to help clients apply Brandversation™, a methodology that employs conversation not as a "soft skill," but as a strategic tool that transforms business organizations into more profitable companies.

Susan works at the intersection of innovation, technology and language, leveraging years of experience as a media-savvy marketer and a lawyer and mediator with a passion for the power of the spoken word. She offers her diverse client base--Starbucks, Cathay Pacific Airways, NYSE Euronext, and the government of Scotland-- thought leadership, a strategic independent perspective and an integrative narrative approach to getting groups of individuals engaged in the kind of interaction that connects them meaningfully with her client's values, goals and brands.

Key to her work is Susan's unique understanding of how to generate, capture, leverage, repurpose and monetize content--across multiple audiences and channels, and in a way that helps achieve challenging goals--whether clients seek to jump-start thinking in a new area, are wrestling with organizational change, or seek to turn customer relationships into fan bases of extreme loyalty.

Susan speaks all over the world, where her fresh approach to engaging audiences can electrify meetings and conferences. She has facilitated over a thousand large-scale gatherings, round tables and workshops and for years produced MainEvent leadership forums distributed via satellite to global audiences. Her podcast series “Asia and the West” showcases individuals whose life, work and experience shed light on these two important parts of our world.

An avid TEDster (three times a speaker and a 2016 TED Resident) and Stanford Law school graduate, Susan is described as an "optimistic catalyst who feasts on information and business intelligence" which she puts to work engaging her clients' constituencies, then making magic with the resulting content.

Susan believes that face to face conversation has become the new luxury and she's determined to ensure that in this age of technology we don't forget its value. To that end, she wrote Smart Talk: The ABC's of Authentic conversation, and co-authored The Age of Conversation. She is a Founder and former Chair of the Committee of 200 and member of the Women's Leadership Board of Harvard Kennedy School. She serves as an Accelerator Mentor at Blueprint, the Swire Properties incubator for technology startups, located in Hong Kong. And she holds a US patent.

The proud Mom of four sons, she loves her adopted hometown, New York City, yet cherishes her "Cheesehead" Wisconsin roots and likes extended snowfalls.