Susan Engel

Executive Producer, 92Y Talks

As Executive Producer of 92Y Talks, Susan acts as both curator and executive producer of 92Y’s world-renowned talks series, which presents some 250 leading speakers and thinkers each year from virtually every walk of life.

In the course of her 30-year tenure at 92Y, Susan has been a primary force in shaping the talks program and exponentially expanding the size and scope of 92Y’s offerings, many of which are now available through digital channels and satellite broadcasts. 92Y’s lectures and conversations are now widely recognized as a premier forum for the best minds of our time — national and international political leaders; artists and entertainers; journalists; business leaders; scholars and many others — to engage in open dialogue on a huge range of topics.

A small sampling of those who have recently graced 92Y’s stage includes Bono, Chelsea Clinton, Colin Firth, Caroline Kennedy, Marissa Mayer, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Amy Poehler, Daniel Radcliffe, Frank Rich, Anna Deavere Smith, Gloria Steinem, Jon Stewart, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Anna Wintour, Harry Belafonte, Shimon Peres, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Jon Stewart, Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, Meryl Streep, Madeleine Albright, Natalie Portman, Bill Clinton, Nas, Shonda Rhimes, Jennifer Lopez and Tony Blair.

Susan has brought thousands of luminaries to 92Y and developed partnerships with many organizations that help to enhance the caliber and reach of our talks, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Showtime, HBO, New York Comedy Festival, The Hollywood Reporter and the World Science Festival. She has also developed popular, long-running conversation series with expert hosts and moderators including a long-standing series of "Conversations with Charlie Rose," “In the News” with journalist Jeff Greenfield; “Reel Pieces” with Dr. Annette Insdorf; “World Politics” with author and Professor Ralph Buultjens; political satire with comedian Andy Borowitz; “Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis,” and “Music Talks with Anthony DeCurtis.” New series include “Conversation on Faith and Celebrity" with Rabbi Peter Rubinstein, "Science Talks" with Claudia Dreifus, "Imagining Men and Women" with Jennifer Finney Boylan. Susan also leads on Jewish/Israel Talks, having presented thought leaders such as Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Simon Schama, Deborah Lipstadt and Ari Shavit as well as arranging for official Israel state visits from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Israeli President Shimon Peres. Additionally, Susan and her team curated stage programming for 92Ys “Genius Festival” with keynote guests Walter Isaacson, Ray Kurzweil and Brian Greene, among others.

Susan has an MA in Jewish Studies from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America as well as an MS in Social Work (community organization concentration) from Columbia University.

Susan is the proud mother of two daughters, Shira an elementary school and yoga teacher and Eve, a senior at Muhlenberg College.