New York Times best-selling author and science writer David Epstein has made it his mission to uncover the keys to achieving high performance in any domain, and to debunk popular myths along the way. In his latest book, "Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World", Epstein examines the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and Nobel laureates. Range has been lauded by past FAN speakers Susan Cain (FAN ’13), Adam Grant, Ph.D. (FAN ’14 and ’16), and Dan Pink (FAN ’18).
Epstein brings bold new insights to business, education, technological innovation, healthcare and other industries on the best approach to career development. His conclusion: In most fields, especially those that are complex, unpredictable, and difficult to automate, generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Sharing fascinating examples from the career trajectories of Duke Ellington and Roger Federer to a preeminent CEO who took her first job around the age her peers were retiring, Epstein shows that at every stage of life, generalists triumph as the world around them becomes increasingly specialized.
Merging stories from the worlds of sports, business, medicine, and education, Epstein sheds light on the paths to peak performance. From how to best prepare for our specialized world to how to optimally incorporate AI into our workplaces, Epstein unpacks the science of success — leaving audiences with actionable takeaways to improve how they live, work, and prepare for the future.
Epstein will be interviewed by Joy Hurd, the Head of Lake Forest Country Day School in Lake Forest, Illinois. Mr. Hurd previously served as Director of the Upper School at the Buckley School, a K-9 school for boys in Manhattan. He has also taught at St. Peter’s Prep (NJ), St. Bernard’s School, and Riverdale Country School.
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