About Susan O’Halloran

Diversity Speaker & Seminar Leader
Professional Storyteller

Since 1969, Susan O’Halloran has delivered thousands of Diversity & Inclusion seminars and keynote addresses in corporate, academic and non-profit settings. She is an author of six books and a producer for videos and storytelling performances focused on race and ethnicity plus other diversity themes.

O’Halloran has been seen on such programs as PBS and ABC Nightline and has been interviewed by The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. About her own storytelling skills, The Chicago Readers Critic Choice said, “O’Halloran has mastered the Irish art of telling stories that are funny and heart-wrenching at the same time.”

In addition to running her own company, O’Halloran Diversity Productions, Sue works as a Senior Consultant for Bea Young Associates, Collaboration for Educational Equity; as a Master Facilitator for Door International Training Company; and as an Executive Consultant with RJ Harris & Associates specializing in Human Capital solutions.

Sue lives in Evanston, IL

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PROFESSIONAL STORYTELLER – 270 words

Susan O’Halloran is a story artist, writer, television personality and keynote speaker. Her stories focus on family, a sense of place and how our past affects our present and future. She is author of several books anddiversity curricula plus a producer of multicultural performances and films including Black, White and Brown: Tribes & Bridges at the Steppenwolf Theatre and More Alike Than Not: Stories of Three Americans – Catholic, Jewish and Muslim. For her films, O’Halloran is recipient of national and international video/film honors including awards of excellence in training films. In addition, Sue teaches diversity and inclusion seminars in Fortune 500 companies and Graduate Schools of Business. Sue also works with non-profits to capture more press, volunteer and fundraising attention through the power of stories.

Sue has been seen on such media programs as PBS and ABC Nightline and has been interviewed by The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune. About her own storytelling skills, The Chicago Readers Critic Choice said, “O’Halloran has mastered the Irish art of telling stories that are funny and heart-wrenching at the same time.”

O’Halloran has been featured several times at the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee and is a frequent keynote presenter and seminar leader for the National Storytelling Network’s annual conferences. Within her own profession, she has received the 2006 Leadership and Service Award and the 2011 Circle of Excellence Award. One Fortune 100 company newsletter stated: “Sue’s presentation was a brilliant and entertaining synthesis of information. She made us feel as though together we could do anything!” Sue lives in Evanston, IL and can be found at: www.susanohalloran.com

STORY ARTIST – 130 words

Susan O’Halloran is a writer, story artist, corporate seminar leader and keynote speaker whose work explores the complex issues of social justice.  She is author of four books and producer of performances, videos and films including Black, White and Brown: Tribes & Bridges at the Steppenwolf Theatre and More Alike Than Not: Stories of Three Americans – Catholic, Jewish and Muslim. The Chicago Reader says O’Halloran “has mastered the Irish art of telling stories that are funny and heart-wrenching at the same time.” Susan has been a National Storytelling Network keynote speaker, a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough and a recipient of the NSN Circle of Excellence Oracle Award. She lives in Evanston, Illinois and can also be found at: www.susanohalloran.com

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STORY POWER SEMINAR LEADER AND COACH – 350 words

Susan O’Halloran has been the story consultant to Fortune 500 as well as nonprofit organizations for the last 30 years. Her 6S Story Power System has been used by hundreds of companies to raise their profile in the community, to attract quality clients and to gain the attention of the press. For her storytelling in the film medium, she is recipient of national and international video/film honors including awards of excellence in training from the CINDY competition, the U.S. Industrial Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Advisory Board. In addition, Sue produces story theater pieces such as Tribes & Bridge: White, Black and Brown and More Alike Than Not: Stories of Three Americans – Catholic, Jewish and Muslim for corporate retreats and other programs.

Since 1969, Susan O’Halloran has led workshops in corporate and nonprofit settings as well as taught at Columbia, Wharton, Kellogg and the University of Chicago Graduate Schools of Business. As a curriculum designer, O’Halloran has developed training material in a variety of formats: audiotape, videotape, interactive DVDs, study guides and webinars for students, teachers and professional trainers. She is author of several books including the coaching series Kaleidoscope: Valuing Differences and Creating Inclusion and The Story Power System out in 2011.

O’Halloran has been seen on such media programs as PBS and ABC Nightline and has been interviewed by The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. About her own storytelling skills, The Chicago Readers Critic Choice said, “O’Halloran has mastered the Irish art of telling stories that are funny and heart-wrenching at the same time.” O’Halloran has been featured several times at the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee and was the keynote presenter for the National Storytelling Network’s annual conference. Within her own profession, she has received the 2006 Leadership and Service Award and the 2011 Circle of Excellence Award. One Fortune 100 company newsletter stated: “Sue’s presentation was a brilliant synthesis of information. She made us feel as though together we could do anything!” Sue lives in Evanston, IL and can be found at: www.susanohalloran.com

DIVERSITY SEMINAR LEADER AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER – 190 words

Since 1969, Susan has led workshops in corporate, religious and non-profit settings. She is author of six books and creator of the diversity curriculum Kaleidoscope: Valuing Differences and Creating Inclusion plus recipient of national and international video honors for her training films.

Sue produces performances and videos such as White, Black and Brown: Tribes & Bridges at the Steppenwolf Theatre and More Alike Than Not: Stories of Three Americans – Catholic, Jewish and Muslim. For the past twenty years, Susan has led hundreds of diversity workshops in both Fortune 500 companies and the academic world such as Columbia, Wharton, Kellogg and the University of Chicago Graduate Schools of Business.

O’Halloran has appeared on PBS and ABC Nightline and The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. About her own storytelling skills, The Chicago Readers Critic Choice said, “O’Halloran has mastered the Irish art of telling stories that are funny and heart-wrenching at the same time.” One Fortune 100 company newsletter stated: “Sue’s presentation was a brilliant synthesis of information. She made us feel as though together we could do anything!” Susanlives in Evanston, Illinois and can be found at: www.susanohalloran.com

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DIVERSITY SPEAKER AND STORYTELLER – 160 words

Susan O’Halloran is one of America’s top Diversity Speakers and Storytellers. Susan is an author and a producer of Black, White and Brown: Tribes & Bridges at the Steppenwolf Theatre and More Alike Than Not: Stories of Three Americans – Catholic, Jewish and Muslim and the long-running JustStories Festival.

In high school, she became part of an interracial youth group and studied with adults were working with Dr. King. She has been building bridges between cultures ever since.

The Chicago Reader says O’Halloran “has mastered the Irish art of telling stories that are funny and heart-wrenching at the same time.” Her audiences say: “In an entertaining way, Sue opened our minds to how society still excludes and what we can do to create a more welcoming world!” Susan was a National Storytelling Network keynote speaker and has several times been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival. Susanlives in Evanston, Illinois and can be found at: www.susanohalloran.com

DIVERSITY and STORYTELLING – HIGH SCHOOLS – 100 words

Susan O’Halloran is a speaker and story artist who has performed around the country and internationally in such countries as China, France, Italy, Guatemala and Indonesia. She is author of six books, appears on national radio and TV programs and has won a number of awards for her independent films. Sue consults with Fortune 500 companies and Graduate Schools of Business. She has also written a high school curriculum and teacher coaching series on creating schools with more inclusion and supporting youth leadership. Susanlives in Evanston, Illinois and can be found at: www.susanohalloran.com

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