Susan Fales-Hill is an award winning television writer/producer, author, arts advocate, philanthropist and public speaker. She began her career as a writer’s apprentice and “warm up” person on the original Cosby Show. After two years, she was transferred to its spin-off, A Different World where she became one of Hollywood’s few female and youngest show runners. Other television credits include “Can’t Hurry Love” which starred Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order SVU, Kirk, Suddenly Susan (starring Brooke Shields) and Showtime’s Linc’s, which she co-created.
Susan is the author of three books. Her memoir, “Always Wear Joy” received a starred review from Kirkus and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Her second novel, “Imperfect Bliss” was described by Library Journal as the “first credible update of Pride and Prejudice.”
Susan’s articles have appeared in publications ranging from Vogue, to Architectural Digest. Her 2000 Vogue article about growing up bi-racial, “My Life in Black and White” was reprinted in Vogue En Espanol, and has been adopted into the syllabi of several universities.
A much sought after moderator at conferences, Susan has conducted interviews with such luminaries as Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, and most recently, newly appointed ABT principal Misty Copeland (for the Greenespace.) In September, she was invited to speak at the second annual Met Museum TED conference, TED EX Met.
Susan served on the board of American Ballet Theater for eight years, four of those as Vice Chair. She received the Melville Strauss award, the organization’s highest honor. As Misty Copeland’s first sponsor in 2005, she helped launch and design the company’s diversity effort and remains involved as a member of Project Plie.
A graduate of the Lycee Francais de New York and Harvard College, Susan serves as member of the board of the former, and a Vice Chair of her reunion class efforts for the latter. From 2003-2006, Susan served as an Elected Director of the Harvard Alumni Association.
Susan lives in New York with her husband, Aaron Hill (HBS ’89,) an investment banker, their daughter, Bristol Fales-Hill (born 2003,) an avid figure skater, and a large brood of handbags. She is a member of the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.