“Writer Suleika Jaouad is changing the conversation about what it means to thrive in the wake of illness and life's unexpected interruptions.” — TED

Suleika’s story is one of immense triumph, resilience and creativity amidst a leukemia diagnosis that nearly took her life. She is dedicated to empowering others to cope with adversity, transform pain into possibility and to find their own voice. She travels around the world teaching workshops, speaking at conferences and leading retreats. She has been a featured presenter and delivered keynotes at universities, hospitals, corporations, fundraisers and professional events. 

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"The hardest part of my cancer experience began once the cancer was gone," says author Suleika Jaouad. In this fierce, funny, wisdom-packed talk, she challenges us to think beyond the divide between "sick" and "well," asking: How do you begin again and find meaning after life is interrupted?

Keynote Topics

Making the Most of a Life, Interrupted
THEME: Reinvention & Resilience

At 22, Suleika Jaouad had it all: a newly minted degree from Princeton, a promising career in her dream city, a new relationship, and a life of possibility ahead. Then, out of nowhere, she was diagnosed with leukemia and given a 35% chance of survival.

From her hospital bed, over the following 3.5 years of intense treatment, she transformed her limitation into an opportunity and wrote an award-winning New York Times column called Life, Interrupted. When the doctors deemed her “cured”, she hit the road on an ambitious 15,000-mile roadtrip around the US. She interviewed dozens of strangers from all walks of life about how to overcome hardship. Now, she shares their wisdom, and hers, with you.

In this fierce, funny, and moving talk, Jaouad tells her story of how a harrowing illness became a springboard for extraordinary personal and professional transformation. She offers inspiration and advice on how to come back to life after a setback. Audiences will leave with tools to thrive in the wake of life's unexpected interruptions.

The Road to Wellness: What Almost Dying Taught Me About Living
THEME: Health & Wellness

Humans are living longer than ever before. Many people now survive illnesses and injuries that would’ve killed our grandparents and parents. Throughout our lives, we travel between the two kingdoms of the sick and the well, spending much of our lives somewhere between the two. In this provocative talk, Emmy award-winning New York Times journalist Suleika Jaouad challenges us to stop seeing our health as binary — sick and healthy, well and unwell, whole and broken. Jaouad shares a firsthand account of navigating the healthcare system as a young cancer survivor, and the inspiring and entirely unexpected lessons learned in recovery. Her unique perspective will change the way you think about what it means to live and to be well in the 21st century.

Expertise in:

  • Innovation

  • Media and Journalism

  • Personal Growth and Achievement

  • Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges

  • Motivation, Inspiration

  • Communication

  • Creativity

  • Cancer

  • Health and Wellness

Audience & Industry:

  • Healthcare

  • Colleges and Universities (Medical School and Journalism School Programs in particular)

  • Tech and Innovation

  • Global Services

  • Non-Profit

  • Women’s Events

  • Senior Management Groups


Inspirational" doesn't really cut it when you're talking about Suleika Jaouad. — Refinery 29



TED; United Nations; UNICEF; Princeton University; Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health; UCF Medical School; Emerson College; New York University; Georgetown University; Duke University; The Thacher School; Alexandria Summit; National Women's Survivorship Convention; Stand Up To Cancer; Tufts Medical Center; Association of American Medical Colleges; American Massage Therapy Association; American Journal of Managed Care; The American Cancer Society; The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Stupid Cancer; The Angel Ball; Critical Mass; PhRMA; Flatiron Health.