Esther Perel

Tiny shifts in our behavior can signal massive changes in our relationships—at work, and in love.

Psychotherapist and Expert on Personal Interaction

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Esther Perel | Psychotherapist and Expert on Personal Interaction
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Esther Perel is a provocative speaker on the science of human interaction—how professional and personal relationships work. She consults Fortune 500 companies on creating harmony within and among teams, and her TED Talk has attracted over six million views. Perel helps you understand crucial HR issues through the lens of trust, desire, and engagement. 

Fluent in nine languages, Perel is a Belgian native and a practicing psychotherapist whose innovative models for building strong and lasting relationships have won acclaim across five continents. With a hit podcast series, Where Should We Begin? and a newly released book, The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity, Perel is everywhere. She writes the “Close Encounters with Esther Perel” column for Cosmopolitan; she’s been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Guardian, Le Monde, Ha’Aretz, and the Wall Street Journal; she has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, and The Colbert Report; and she was a consultant for the critically-acclaimed show The Affair. In a cover story, The New York Times named Perel as the most important game-changer on sexuality and relationships since Dr. Ruth. Her book, Mating in Captivity, is an international bestseller, translated into 25 languages.


In the corporate arena, Perel’s expertise in human relationships has made her a sought-after consultant on wellness, teambuilding, communication, and work-life balance. Her clients include Nike, Johnson & Johnson, Bronfman Foundation, PopTech, and the Young Presidents Organization. In addition to Perel’s 30-year therapy practice in New York, she also serves on the faculty of The Family Studies Unit, Department of Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center, and the International Trauma Studies Program at Columbia University.   


“Esther’s presentation and workshop was impressive. She took the time to understand the audience and prepared and tailored a session that was relevant. Esther provided great insights to the team on taking accountability in relationships. She did an excellent job at framing up the session for the sales team, asking smart questions to get them thinking and understanding what their role is in a productive and effective relationship. In a short period of time she won the trust of the participants and they participated freely and eagerly. They wanted more!”


Speech Topics

Corporate Culture
Relationships at Work From Corporate Culture to Finding Your Passion
Esther Perel tackles the big questions surrounding corporate culture, human relationships, the pursuit of passion at work, and other crucial HR topics. Her keynote begins by addressing specific challenges you're facing, and moves, organically and thrillingly, from there. In custom talks, Perel can discuss relationships between co-workers, between managers and employees, between brands and consumers. How do you cultivate personal happiness that results in productivity? Deal with long-festering conflict? Tap into creativity? Find harmony after a merger? Grow without losing your core values? Whatever the question, Perel says, it all comes down to building trust, cultivating desire, and working on open communication. Funny, whip-smart, and relatable, Perel demystifies the dynamics of teamwork and human relationships at the office, and beyond.