David Epstein Keynote Speaker

  • Renowned science journalist and speaker on peak performance
  • Author of two New York Times bestsellers, 'Range' and 'The Sports Gene'
  • One of the top 20 most-watched TED Talks in 2014, with 12 million+ views

David Epstein's Biography

David Epstein is a New York Times #1 best-selling author and renowned science journalist, with master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism who is a highly respected speaker in peak performance.

He worked for ProPublica (2013-17), where his investigative reporting covered issues ranging from flawed medical research to inadequate drug enforcement. Before that, he was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated (2006-13), where he co-authored the story that revealed Alex Rodriguez’s steroid use.

Columbia Journalism alumni chose his story “Following the Trail of Broken Hearts,” about sudden cardiac death in athletes, as one of the top 100 stories of the last 100 years. His work has been applauded by recognised organisations, such as the Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, as well as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. His writing has also been featured in a variety of acclaimed international and national media, from The Atlantic and National Geographic to the New York Times.

David Epstein explores world-class performers, including pro athletes, Nobel Prize laureates, scientists and entrepreneurs, in his new #1 New York Times bestseller book, “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” – nominated as one of the greatest business books in 2019, by Amazon and placed second among the top 100 greatest social psychology books ever written by BookAuthority. In addition, he is the author of the New York best-seller, “The Sports Gene”, his book that delves into the many aspects that go into creating a champion athlete.

As a keynote speaker, Epstein can take audiences on an empowering journey through all areas of peak performance, brilliantly combining stories from the world of business, education, medicine, and sports. From the best ways to prepare for our specialised world to the greatest ways to integrate AI into our workplace environments. David provides audiences with insights they can use to enhance how they live, work, and plan for the future.

David has given talks about the science of performance and innovative applications and misuses of data globally. His featured TED Talk was one of the top 20 most-watched videos in 2014, with over twelve million views.

He enjoys supporting the Classroom Champions and Pat Tillman Foundation as a volunteer and is an enthusiastic runner.

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Videos of David Epstein

Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?
Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?
Why specialising early doesn't always mean career success
Why specialising early doesn't always mean career success

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Books by David Epstein

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
The Sports Gene: Talent, Practice and the Truth About Success

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