Speaker Susan Packard

Susan Packard

Women's Leadership Speaker, Co-Founder of HGTV

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About Speaker Susan Packard…

Susan Packard is co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive and former chief operating officer of HGTV.

Packard held a variety of senior positions at Scripps Networks Interactive, (NYSE: SNI), the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet.  The company’s media portfolio includes popular lifestyle television brands HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, country music network Great American Country (GAC) and the Travel Channel.  She created and served as president of Scripps Networks New Ventures, where she oversaw the development and launch of DIY Network and online interactive platforms.  She was also president of worldwide distribution for the Scripps cable brands.

Packard got her start in media with sales positions at HBO, and then helped to start up CNBC. Following these roles, she moved to SNI. Today she writes, speaks, and helps to coach and mentor senior leaders.

Susan’s first book, New Rules of the Game, was written to help women navigate and lead in the workplace.  Her second book, called Fully Human, Three Steps to Grow your Emotional Fitness for Work, Leadership and Life, offers a fresh, new framework for growing one’s emotional intelligence. It will be published in February, 2019.

She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with her husband and two female felines named Diva and Dart. They have a son, Andrew.

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  • Susan Packard is the speaker you always look for, but rarely find. She is articulate, dynamic and powerful, yet incredibly down-to-earth and approachable. She has a track record as a proven and powerful leader. She brings a keen mind and intellectual curiosity to her continuing studies of leadership. She informed us, entertained us, and challenged us. She took the time and made the effort to perfectly tailor her presentation to the executives and professionals in the audience. Our audience was so impressed by her presentation that we invited her back to return as our keynote speaker at our Annual Symposium, and once again she received rave reviews. Susan delivers a message that is stimulating, inspiring and practical, with numerous “takeaways” that the audience can use to improve their effectiveness as leaders in their own organizations. I wish I could find more “Susan Packards” for every symposium.

    Ann M. Hayak

    President/CEO, Arizona Women's Leadership Forum

  • Susan Packard was terrific!! Everyone enjoyed her presentation immensely. She was extremely personable and patient with all the photo’s requests made of her and all the books she signed. Many of the guests thought she was the best speaker we had ever had ( and we have been hosting this luncheon for 33 years). She reached out and met so many people easily and was truly a delight to host in our market. Thank you for suggesting her and for all your efforts on our behalf.

    Anne Messer

    Program Chair

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