HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Susan RoAne

Leading Authority on Communication and Networking


  • How To Work A Room
  • How To Create YOUR Own Luck: The 8 Traits to Turn Serendipity into Success
  • Connectivity: The Human Touch in a Digital World



Susan RoAne, known as "The Mingling Maven®," leads a double life as a bestselling author and a sought-after keynote speaker. She gives multi-generational audiences the required tools, techniques and strategies they need to connect and communicate in today’s global business world. Her practical, informative, and interactive presentations are known for what The San Francisco Chronicle calls her “dynamite sense of humor.”

Because of her groundbreaking best-seller, How to Work a Room, which celebrates its silver anniversary with a brand new edition recently published in print, audio and digitally as an e-book, Susan is considered the undisputed and original networking and conversation expert and Mingling Maven. Over a million copies of her classic book have been sold worldwide. She also wrote The Secrets of Savvy Networking, What Do I Say Next? How To Create Your Own Luck and Face To Face: How To Reclaim The Personal Touch in A Digital World. 

Identified as thought leader on face to face communication by the Economist Intelligence Group, her ideas, tips and suggestions are featured in the media around the world - online, on air and in print.  Including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Stellar Magazine of Ireland, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, forbes.com, The BBC, Sydney Telegraph, The San Francisco Chronicle and Huffington Post.

Susan has appeared on CNN, NBC11, BBC, CBC, NPR, The Today Show of Australia and radio and TV stations throughout the world.

She received her Master’s Degree from San Francisco State University and her Bachelors from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. She is a Fighting Illini. A former public school teacher, Susan also guest lectures at major universities including Yale School of Public Health, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, University of Maryland, San Francisco State University, University of Chicago-Booth School, University of Texas Law School, University of Illinois MBA program and NYU.

She has spoken for clients that include Coca Cola Leadership, Kraft Foods, Office Depot, United Health Group, National Association of Television Producers & Executives, The US Air Force, Latham and Watkins, LLC, Ernst and Young, Boeing, Bank of America, PA Consulting (UK), Oracle Users Groups and Hershey Foods, Yale University School of Public Health, The Wharton School, University of Texas Law School, UC Berkeley, HAAS school of Business,  among others.