An experienced public speaker,  Susan has made numerous presentations to civic, student, religious and professional groups about ways of meeting the urgent needs of women affected by conflict, migration, and poverty.

To book Susan for an interview or speaking engagement, email

Favorite Topics for Interviews and Presentations

  • My Books
  • Snooze Alarm Off”    Crunch time  in a high-stakes battle for women’s equality. How we navigate the sea change of ‘The Big Rebalancing.’
  • The Business of Helping”     Insights into the dysfunctional global system of responding to disasters; how we can create effective routes for our generosity.

Invited Presentations, Media Appearances, Publications and Awards

Speeches and Media Appearances

Oct 30, 2008          Speaker, Africa Action, Just Lead Campaign, Washington, DC

Oct 20, 2008          Tents of Hope Event speaker, Washington, DC “Helping Women in Darfur”

July 2008               San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition, San Francisco, CA “Status of the Conflict in Darfur”

Apr 2008                4 Days for Darfur, NYC   “Programs for Assisting Civilians in Darfur”

Nov 4, 2007           Mill College Student Union, Oakland, CA   Briefing on Darfur

Oct 28 2007           Westminster Presbyterian Church, Tiburon, CA “Women as Change Agents in Darfur and  How We Can Help Them”

May 17, 2007        United Nations Association San Francisco (CA) Chapter “Status of the Conflict in Darfur”

Mar 10, 2007         MT Tamalpais United Methodist Church, Mill Valley, CA “Women as Change Agents in Darfur and How We Can Help Them”

Jan 27, 2007           United Nations Association of America, Monterey (CA) Chapter “Status of the Conflict in Darfur”

Nov 9, 2006            National Black Law Students Association, Hastings Law College, San Francisco, CA “The Challenge of Justice in Darfur”

Oct 16, 2006           Marin Philosophical Society, Mill Valley, CA   “The Realities of Genocide”

Selected Publications   Fiction

2001                          Hackles, Gargoyle Grace and Gravity anthology

2000                          In the Borderland, a novel, Xlibris

1999                         Finding Jazz, Sheila Smith Prize, Wild Child online magazine

May 1998                Monthly column, Videography magazine- Oct 2001


2004   Maryland Writer’s Association, The Slave Tour, 1st Place Fiction

1986   Northern California Emmy for Video Editing, San Francisco in the Forties

Articles about Ms. Burgess-Lent

Sept 8, 2014         Oakland Tribune: Fundraiser for women’s center in Oakland is Sunday By Kristin J. Bender POSTED: 09/08/2014 06:09:42 PM PDT

Sept 3, 2014           Montclarion Newspaper: Oakland: Fashion show benefit set Sept. 14 for new women’s center By Mimi Rohr Correspondent POSTED: 09/03/2014 04:06:16 PM PDT

Jan 15, 2014           Interview contest-winner-womens-centers-international/

July 17, 2013 (about careers after 60)

May 16, 2013        Finding Meaning by Helping Women in Poverty, Next Avenue, PBS

Training – Public Speaking 

Toastmasters International – Advanced Communicator Bronze, April 2013   (Hate the name, love the practice!)

Current Member, Warehouse Evening Toastmasters, Oakland, CA

Past Member, Southern Marin Club, Mill Valley CA

Past Member, National Press Club Toastmasters, Washington, DC

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