Suleika Jaouad (pronounced su-LAKE-uh ja-WAD) is an Emmy Award-winning writer, speaker and cancer survivor. She wrote the acclaimed New York Times column Life, Interrupted and is the subject of the accompanying video series, which chronicled her journey with leukemia throughout her early twenties. She has written reported features for New York Times Magazine, NPR, Vogue and Glamour, among numerous other publications. Her highly anticipated debut memoir, Between Two Kingdoms, is forthcoming from Random House. Listed among Mogul’s “35 Under 35” most influential and inspiring young women worldwide, Suleika travels the globe sharing her story of making the most of a life, interrupted and empowering others to find purpose in pain and transform challenges into creativity.
Born in New York City to a Tunisian father and a Swiss mother, Suleika attended The Juilliard School's pre-college program for the double bass and received her B.A. with highest honors from Princeton University where she majored in Near Eastern Studies and double minored in Gender Studies and French. Suleika’s career aspirations as a foreign correspondent were cut short when, at age 22, less than a year after graduation, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia. After three and a half years of chemotherapy, a life-saving clinical trial and a bone marrow transplant, she is now in remission. She began writing the Life, Interrupted column from the bone marrow transplant unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and has since become a fierce advocate for those living with illness and chronic pain. She serves on the advisory boards of Family Reach and The Bone Marrow Foundation, and is a national spokesperson for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation.
Suleika travels the world teaching, speaking and leading retreats. Her talks have taken her everywhere from the United Nations and the White House, to universities and hospitals, corporations and conferences. She has appeared on The Today Show, NPR's Talk of The Nation and All Things Considered, Ken Burns’ PBS documentaryThe Emperor of All Maladies, CBS News, The Paris Review, Vogue, Into The Gloss, The Los Angeles Times and Darling Magazine, among others.