Susan Stautberg is Chair and CEO of the WomenCorporateDirectors Education and Development Foundation (WCD). Susan is a Senior Executive and innovative, multi-dimensional leader and bridge-builder on a global scale creating visionary strategic alliances in the public, private, and social sectors. She has proven expertise in strategic planning, business expansion, market development, and corporate governance with extensive, top level, quality relationships around the world. Susan’s unique career spans the corporate, entrepreneurial, media, and nonprofit sectors, as well as politics and government, including the White House.
Susan co-founded WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD), which now has over 3,500 members serving on over 7,000 corporate boards. WCD now includes 70 chapters on 6 continents in cities throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, India and throughout Asia. Chapters in Australia, Argentina, Brussels, Greece, Uruguay, Poland, South Korea, Thailand, and others are in formation. The combined market capitalization of the public companies on whose boards the WCD members serve totals almost $8 trillion; if WCD were a country, its economy would be the world’s third largest, behind only the U.S. and China. Members serve as directors of global stock exchanges, and are very senior influential executives (Chairman, CFO’s, COO’s and other C-level executives). WCD holds its Global Institute with the Visionary Awards Dinner each spring (in New York) with over 300 directors in attendance. Regional Institutes include Asia Institute (September), Americas Institute (November), and European Institute (March). WCD dinners are held 3-4 times a year in each chapter. The WCD network provides a platform of turning ideas into action. Local, regional, national, and international forums generate dialogue on issues facing directors and their companies. Members share and learn strategies and methods from other directors to help navigate the challenges of conducting business in a highly competitive and volatile global economy.
In addition, Susan co-founded OnBoard Bootcamp, which provides an insider’s guide on how to be selected to be a corporate, private company, or advisory board director through programs delivered around the globe. Susan also founded PartnerCom which, assembles and manages advisory boards globally for businesses, governments, and nonprofits, which she now consults for. The advisory boards PartnerCom assembles are composed of outside experts able to help innovative companies manage change, reposition or reinvent themselves, make informed decisions and seek new strategic positions and alliances. PartnerCom is also retained to perform CEO and C-Suite confidential executive searches for corporations.
In her capacity as a corporate and nonprofit director, Susan has served on or created the advisory boards for numerous organizations including Amex Open, AMEC, Avis Rent-A-Car, Avon, Bank of America, Bayer Diabetes Care Division, CIGNA, Citigroup, Council on Competitiveness, Deutsche Private Bank, Flexjet, Goldman Sachs, Houlihan Lokey, Investment New Zealand, KPMG Diversity Advisory Board, Merrill Lynch, Medtronic, Northern Trust, Northwestern Mutual, Procter and Gamble, STRATCO Global, Sun Trust/AMA, Swissotel, TIGER 21, The United Nations, and Walmart.
The Belizean Grove, also founded by Susan, is a preeminent community and retreat for leading women who share knowledge and connections. Conceived of and assembled as a constellation of global women leaders, the Belizean Grove, as well as a group of tomorrows rising women leaders in TARA, understand the importance of global issues and the network’s core value to share and support each others efforts.
Susan develops the annual strategic focus for the conference retreat and other events throughout the year; bringing together global subject matter experts and members to address issues of critical significance.
Susan served as Director of Communications for Touche Ross (now Deloitte & Touche), McNeil Consumer Products, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. As a Westinghouse/GroupW TV correspondent covering the White House and Capitol Hill, Susan was the first woman and one of the youngest to head a Washington TV bureau. She then became the first TV journalist to be chosen as a White House Fellow where she worked for both Vice President Rockefeller and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Susan decided to become an entrepreneur with the founding of MasterMedia Ltd., the only company to combine publishing with a speaker’s bureau. The quality publishing house produced more than 125 books, including best sellers and Book-of-the Month, Doubleday, Literary Guild, and Reader’s Digest selections. The Speakers Bureau worked with some of the foremost businesses and universities in the world.
In recognition of her business acumen and commitment to global women leaders, Susan has served on Presidential Commissions, Boards, and Foundations: The Commission on Presidential Scholars, U.S. Japan Fellowship, The Institute for Educational Affairs, The Defense Advisory Council on Women in the Armed Services and the White House Fellows Association.
She also dedicates her time to nonprofit organizations. Currently, Susan is a board member of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Adventures for the Mind Foundation, SSS Leadership Foundation and the WomenCorporateDirectors Education and Development Foundation. Susan’s active involvement in The Preservation Society of Newport County is longstanding; currently she chairs The Elms Committee and is a member of the Capital Campaign Council. Previously, she served three terms as Secretary of the Board of Trustees of The Preservation Society and also chaired both The Elms Centennial and Preservation Society’s 60th Anniversary Committees. She is also a member of the C200, International Women’s Forum, and the New World Angels.
Susan has received numerous awards and honors including The Director’s Choice Award. Visionary Empowerment Honoree by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, Purpose Prize Fellow and named one of Women’s E News’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. She was honored with Alumnae Awards from The Shipley School and Wheaton College.
An effective and sought after public speaker, Susan addresses groups around the world, including leading business schools and national business and CEO conferences. Her writing consists of seven books, including Selected Quotations that Inspire Us to Think Bigger, Live Better and Laugh Harder, and her new book, Women on Board: Insider Secrets to Getting on a Board and Succeeding as a Director. Her articles have been in major newspapers and magazines, such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal among many others, and her work has been covered in publications all over the world including the Financial Times, Business Week, USA Today, International Herald Tribune, the Sunday Times, Directors and Boards and others. Susan’s on-air interview experience includes many national programs including The Today Show, CBS Evening News, and Oprah.