Conference Keynote Speaker
Pulitzer-Winning Journalist and Author
Ron Suskind is a Pulitzer-winning journalist, bestselling author, and the founder of Sidekicks.
Ron's latest bestseller, Life, Animated(2014), chronicles his family's twenty-year journey raising and connecting to their autistic son. The Suskinds are also the subject of an award-winning documentary feature of the same name (2016). Their story has driven activism and research about the compensatory strengths of those with autism and others who are "differently-abled" due to distinctive neurology or sociocultural backgrounds. Ron's company, Sidekicks, is leading efforts to build a next generation of augmentative technologies to lift and support these communities.
Ron's other works include Confidence Men (2011), about the fall of the U.S. economy and the presidency of Barack Obama; The Way of the World (2008), about the forces fighting the global "hearts and minds" struggle at a time when awesomely destructive weapons are available to the common man; The One Percent Doctrine (2006), about the U.S. government's frantic improvisation to fight a new kind of war after 9/11; The Price of Loyalty (2004), about the inner workings of the American government and Presidency of George W. Bush; and A Hope in the Unseen (1998), a nonfiction narrative that helped redefine national debates on race, class and achievement.
Ron often appears on network television and has been a contributor for The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. Ron was the Wall Street Journal's senior national affairs reporter from 1993 until his departure in 2000, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. He currently lives in Cambridge, MA, with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy Suskind, and lectures about narrative and justice at Harvard Law School.