In her bestselling book, Quiet, Susan Cain urged our society to cultivate space for the undervalued, indispensable introverts among us, thereby revealing an untapped power hidden in plain sight. With Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole, she once again uncovers a powerful and under appreciated aspect of our world — and how embracing the bittersweetness at the heart of life is the true path to creativity, connection, and authenticity.
Quiet was an instant bestseller. It has been translated into 40 languages, spent eight years on the New York Times bestseller list, and was named the #1 book of the year by Fast Company. Fast Company also called Cain one of the “most creative people in business”, while Inc. Magazine named her one of the “world’s top 50 leadership and management experts” and LinkedIn called her the “sixth top influencer in the world.” In 2016, she released her second bestselling book Quiet Power: The Secret Strength of Introverts and in 2022, released her most recent book, Bittersweet, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Cain’s record-smashing TED Talks have been viewed more than 40 million times. As a speaker, her clients have included Microsoft, Google, the US Treasury, the US Naval Academy, the S.E.C., Harvard University, Yale University, Johnson & Johnson, and the International Women’s Forum, among many others.
A graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School, Cain is the recipient of several awards, including Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award for Communication and Leadership and Harvard Law School’s Celebration Award for Thought Leadership. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Economist, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.
Cain is one of the minds behind the Next Big Idea Book Club, which she helped launch in partnership with Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink. Each season, they showcase two ground-breaking books that you need to read with all proceeds donated in support of children’s literacy programs.