A brilliant presentation. Thoughtful and provocative.
Stan Wayne, Ethical Society of Boston, October 2005
It was good to work with you. Our office took a chance on you and you did not let us down. You struck a home run and planted some significant seed for thought and personal reflections. Thanks and you will be hearing from us. (September 2004)
Handy Williamson, Jr., Ph.D., Vice Provost Academic Resource Development and Internationalization, University of Missouri/Columbia
I am deeply grateful for your visit. Students are still discussing a number of the issues you raised so I know your time with them was both meaningful and engaging. I hope we can find more ways to utilize your wisdom as we move forward. Thank you for coming and speaking with us.
Peter A. Clarke, Head of School, Shackleton Schools, Inc. (March 2005)
I appreciate all that you did to make our Mid-Year Conference a success. Not only the conference but the time and energy you spent helping me get prepared for the conference. You can judge by the evaluations that people enjoyed your presentation, your professionalism, and the wealth of current knowledge you were able to share with the group.
Shirley B. Hardy, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Rock Valley College (January 2005)
I just wanted to say thanks again for being our guest lecturer/speaker for the MLK Jr. progam. You will be honored to hear that people continue to comment on your awesome presentation. They also applaud the concept of giving awards to community organizations that work to keep Dr. King's vision illuminated. Keep on doing what you have been gifted to do so well; enilighten others. Also thanks for the updates that you send perodically. Should you hear of any good diversity programs in the tri state area, please let me know. Thanks--
Rev. Quentin Wallace, Albright College (January 2005)
I am pleased to inform you that many of our students and alumni who were present at the event later told us how much they enjoyed your presentation, particularly the simple way in which you conveyed the importance of learning about other cultures and the socio-political events that are shaping the world today. With your easy examples, you brought home the point that it is essential to our students' future that they develop an appreciation for and a better understanding of international events. I strongly believe that your presentation motivated our students to reach beyond their comfort zones and work toward developing a global mindset, crucial for success in today's borderless world.
I hope that students throughout the United States as well as other countries continue to benefit from your thought-provoking ideas and insights.
Mohammad Elahee, Ph.D., Quinnipiac University
Department of International Business & Faculty Advisor, International Business Society (December 2004)
You were brilliant...fabulous.
Prof. Ellen Cole, Alaska Pacific University (September 2004)
I can't begin to tell you how wonderful and refreshing it was for me to meet you and to spend time dipping into your wisdom and expertise!! My 'World' is much fuller today!
Margo Bellamy, Director, EEO, Anchorage School District -- (September 2004)
Your lecture, entitled “Who's Afraid of a Futurist?” where you discussed various social predictions, what happens when you try to think ahead, and why it's easy to predict some things and not others, was wonderfully engaging, entertaining and mind-rattlingly provocative all at the same time!
...your presentation certainly made us all think. Many of our regular participants commented to me that day how much they gained from your talk, and how they were taking away fresh perspectives....Thank you again for sharing your expertise with us, presenting your information in a style that, rather than being overwhelming and upsetting, was uniquely fresh, interactive, and even funny! You have a special talent for drawing in your audience in an all-encompassing, warm, “we're all in this together” kind of way.
We were delighted to have you as a speaker for our Organization of Older Students lecture series this fall. We look forward to offering your two classes, “How to Think Like a Futurist,” and “Multicultural Lives” this coming winter term.
Vanessa Trien, Program Planner
Cambridge Center for Adult Education (October 2004)
I want to thank and congratulate you for the masterful and most professional job you did as a presenter on the Diversity workshop October 18-19 in Baltimore. It was apparent that the workshop went well and was much appreciated by the attendees. I am enclosing copies of the attendee evfaluations which are quite good, much above average. It was a real pleasure to meet you....I hope we can stay in touch.
Stan Clark, president, Association of College Administration Professionals (October 2004)
You always add a new twist to the subject and your comments have been
a great source of inspiration to me to get me thinking about diversity
and inclusion in ways I had not previously considered. I'm sure your
experience can be useful to our Cultural Diversity team. (March 2004)
David Rood, NACAS
On behalf of the entire CSW community I would like to thank you for
coming to speak to us....moving and inspirational....We are so grateful
that you took the time to impart wisdom and insight and give us great
direction for the future.
Judith E. Tauriac, Director of Diversity,
The Cambridge School of Weston
January 2004 (MLK Day speaker)
After discussion with the Diversity Committee, we unanimously agree
that you would be a wonderful choice for our Diversity Retreat. (March
Heang Ly, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dr. Sussman, we are pleased to advise
you that you were unanimously selected to serve as the facilitator for
the City of Wilson's Diversity Initiative. A letter of confirmation
will be sent to you within the next few days. (August 2003)
Diversity Task Force
I read your "Raw Material"
article. Brilliant. I am a student (and tutor/instructor) of writing,
and I still hope for that kind of clarity. Thank you.
I write to seek permission to reproduce the above opinion piece on
our website, briefly the website of one of India's most respected weeklies.
Executive Editor, outlookindia.com
"My office continues to receive raves for the workshop(s) on Friday.
The approach that you employed made for the success of the day. As was
stated in one session, many employees were prepared for yet another
lecture concerning diversity as a "black/white" struggle. When this
didn't materialize, I believe many minds were opened and progress
was made. Thank you."
Eric Larson, President
Blackhawk Technical College
"Thank you for taking the time to participate in our recent retreat.
I quite honestly did not know what to expect from your presentation,
and was pleased to find it very compelling and thought provoking.
I think I speak for the entire group when I say that you were an integral
part of making this a special event."
Peter Schneider, Chairman
The Walt Disney Studios
"I so enjoyed your presentation to our group at the Retreat
in Anaheim on January 25th. It was thought-provoking, interesting, depressing,
and invigorating--all at the same time. Thank you for sharing your unique
point of view with us."
Oren Aviv, President
Buena Vista Pictures Marketing
"Your presentation was the best I've attended during my six
years with the City of Beloit."
"I can't tell you what a learning experience it was for me to
have met with you. You have definitely inspired me to talk more openly
to people; but most of all, I realized the importance of just listening
to others. I am the one who would like to thank you! I do hope that
we will be able to have you again for another session. I will keep in
Florence G. Haley, Personnel Analyst
City of Beloit
"Well, I was looking at this picture: Sussman arrives Oct. 2000. Okay,
okay, it looks like you saved us two years in that initial 5 year step.
Let's see...according to my calculations, the city has approximately
2,000 steps to take in this transition. Each step takes 5 years. It
will take the city 10,000 years to complete the steps. It is a fact
that renowned human behavior expert Harris Sussman can reduce those
steps 2 years for every five year step. With Sussman on board, the 10,000
year plan will take only 6,000 years. Sussman has saved us 4,000 years
on this project. That is almost a 50% reduction in time.
Harris, now that I realize how many years you can save the city, can
you work up a proposal?..."
Kathleen Kline, Battalion Chief
Kansas City Fire Department
"Thank you so very much for your presentation yesterday to our Paraprofessionals.
Our Planning Committee stayed late last night as we further discussed
your work and shared numerous positives from the session. We also shared
with each other the various positive comments which each of us received
from Paras as they were leaving.
We congratulate you on a wonderful workshop and deeply appreciate
you taking the time to come to Nashua to share your expertise and candor!
Again, thank you so very much for your thought provoking seminar.
My best to you!"
George S. Reid, Ed.D., Director of Human Resources
Nashua School District
"The feedback we got from participants in your workshop was overwhelmingly
positive. The workshop provided 'great information and a different
perspective.' One participant commented that the session 'helped [me]
to see how I can change without suppressing and colluding."
Elizabeth P. Salett, President
National MultiCultural Institute
"The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive. Your insightful
remarks and comments allowed us to achieve our goal; namely, to
incite thoughtful dialogue and insure that everyone who attended the
program acquired new information to enhance their professional lives.
The program was a true success as a direct result of your efforts."
Faun Riebman, Cheryl Hoffman, co-chairs
Workplace Forum '96
Young Leadership Division, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
"If everyone was exposed to and embraced your thoughts I think we could
Anne Wedow, Kansas City Fire Dept.
"You were superb...
Many thanks. I hope we meet again."
Jim Dator, director
Futures Studies program, University of Hawaii
"Harris Sussman was, on his own, a conversation piece! His frankness
took people (including me) always by surprise, but not in a negative
way. In fact, that's what was so appealing about him. He said things
that you didn't necessarily want to hear, yet once said, made you realise
that he did have a point, and a valid one at that! Harris was honest,
frank, but entertaining at the same. I know that he has opened the eyes
of many people, to normal everyday things that we all take for granted
that should help improve our perspective of the way things are or should
be. The comments I received afterwards were very complimentary about
The Prime Minister of Samoa attended a portion of the conference and
I noticed that he stayed through Harris' entire session. Not only did
he listen to Harris' presentation, he took notes and seemed to enjoy
it very much. To me, this was the highest compliment because he normally
would not have stayed after official pleasantries."
TCSP 1999 South Pacific Tourism Conference
"Fabulous!" "Provocative!" "Stimulating!" "Consensus Building!"
"I could probably add fifty more adjectives I heard during and after
the Future Forum regarding your participation and presentations. But…knowing
you as I do, I won't "bore" you with those wonderful accolades and just
tell you personally what a joy this weekend waas for all of us lucky
enough to be there.
You were everything and more Maggie and I knew you would be when she
was able to secure you for this important and historical event, Harris.
You forced us into the future (some kicking and screaming, of course)
in a way that was humorous, introspective, and reflective. Not one person
could have walked away from his past weekend feeling we needed to keep
on doing the "same old, same old."
Thank you for caring enough about us to come. We could not have made
the progress we did without your guidance and insight. Thank you for
moving us into arenas which were sometimes uncomfortable, but necessary.
Thank you for showing us how important it was to worry about other folks,
and most especially, thank you for showing us that what we are going
to do is important.."
Chairman, National Interfraternity Foundation Futures Forum
"On behalf of the Project Equality of Wisconsin Board of Directors
and staff, we wish to thank you for your presentation at the 30th
Birthday Celebration. The diversity workshop was enthusiastically
received by the audience. You played a major role in he success of
this special day!"
Betty J. Thompson, Executive Director
Project Equality of Wisconsin
"Thank you very much for your facilitation of the Campaign
for Human Development's annual staff retreat last month. Your work
more than exceeded the goals set by our planning committee. It also
provided a variety of individual benefits to staff members that were
highlighted in our individual evaluations….let me close by expressing
the personal pleasure I had in our interaction, both in the planning
and in the later implementation of the retreat."
Andy Slettebak, Retreat Committee Chair
Campaign for Human Development, Washington, D.C.
"I had the opportunity to browse through your information.
Outstanding. You may not hear this enough but your work and your mission
in life are appreciated. You truly are making a difference. Thank
you for being the conscience of this country."
"Thank you for your kindness to all of us.
I quickly reviewed the feedback forms from yesterday. It was obviously
a very remarkable day. I believe it was a solid, large step for this
organization on their diversity journey. I truly thank you for engaging
the organization the way that you did. You were right on target to use
the day to promote dialogue and show that it is the only way to success
in this area.
I want to convey how impressed I was with your style….One of the comments
that we received was 'Harris' style made it easy and comfortable for
me to be myself.' I thank you for the gift of simplicity that you shared
"Thank you for the superb job you did in facilitating the
Mayor's Committee on Hunger. I want to personally thank you for your
deft facilitation. Your ability to frame the task in an inspiring
fashion and to help them project into the year 2001 created a marvelously
thoughtful and rich discussion. As an observer I was impressed by
your talent for unleashing that level of expression in such a short
period of time."
James C. Pritchard
Boston Management Consortium
"Thanks for a very stimulating, informative and provocative
presentation. Students incorporated their new learning in the workshop
that followed your talk -- you left quite an impression on them!"
"The Diversity Leadership Team not only evaluated several
diversity training programs, but consulted at length with three nationally
recognized diversity experts, each of whom spent a day in consultation
with the Team….
While each of the experts had valuable perspectives and lessons from
experience to offer the Team, Dr. Harris Sussman was unique in his ability
to clarify diversity issues within an organizational context. His understanding
of the need to integrate diversity perspectives into all aspects of
the organizational environment was clear. Dr. Sussman is widely published
in national and international business journals and is the lead columnist
in the most widely recognized journal on workforce diversity, Managing
Diversity. He has been advisor to numerous Fortune 500 CEOs and to university
presidents across the nation.
Dr. Sussman's presentation techniques are energetic, challenging and
tough minded. His perspective is global and systemic and reinforces
our commitment to becoming a learning organization. He argues very convincingly
for continuous research and development, and for building clear accountabilities
around diversity initiatives rather than a program approach.
The Team considered his input especially valuable, so much so that
it was felt that our senior managers and their direct reports might
find his insights particularly useful in shaping their understanding
of how diversity perspectives fit into Kaiser Permanente's strategic
planning and goal setting. An interactive format similar to the one
that the Diversity Leadership Team requested for themselves, e.g., a
short presentation by Dr. Sussman followed by the opportunity for intense
discussion and dialogue, would be both interesting and useful to our
"Thank you for your excellent presentation at the Fire Academy.
The information you presented helped me in my ability to continue
to "integrate" my work practices with the practices of my employees."
George W. Baker, Fire Chief
Mashpee Fire & Rescue
"You were the 'hit' of the two day conference"
Academy for Educational Leadership
Albuquerque Public Schools
"Once again you wowed them. You had 100+ managers 'mesmerized'
and as you know at Digital, that's no easy task"
Digital Equipment Corporation
"...your inspiring contribution to the Management Seminar..."
Nannette Andrews Amish
Faculty, Lesley College, Programs in Management for Business and Industry
"I cannot remember when we had a lecturer who stirred such
a buzz amongst our faculty, nor when I have had so many requests for
a return visit."
Michael M. Morris
Academic Dean, University of New England
"...enlightening speech ... very well received."
Judy R. Jones
Florida Black Business Investment Board
"...outstanding presentation at the Board of Directors' Summer
Christopher G. Hurn
American Association of University Students
"Your presentation went beyond our expectations, which were
high from the beginning"
Thomas H. Goldstein
Executive Director, American Association of University Students
"Superb! Outstanding! Thought-provoking!"
National Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters
"...excellent and thought-provoking presentation"
David J. Farris
President & CEO
Beneficial Management Corporation
"It was great working with you and having you be a part of
our diversity journey."
Winifred Easterling, Diversity Programs Manager, GPU Service, Inc.