Susan Colantuono is the CEO of Leading Women and author of multiple books on leadership. Internationally known as an expert in women's leadership development and gender dynamics, Susan’s TED Talk on “The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get” has been translated into 23 languages, viewed by millions, and covered by The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, and The Guardian as one of the Top 5 Talks that will change the way you work, sparking global interest in Leading Women’s research on The Missing 33%™.
Susan brings a unique blend of business savvy, experience and strategic thinking to Leading Women’s clients. She has consulted to organizations and/or coached leaders in the manufacturing, petrochemical, hospitality, financial, telecommunications, high tech, professional services, higher education, not for profit, and healthcare sectors in addition to local, state and federal government agencies. Leading Women’s clients describe her as intuitive, practical, inspiring, trustworthy, creative and quick to understand organizational issues and opportunities. Susan has also spoken recently at Becton Dickinson, DHL, Intel, MetLife, Verizon and The Government Summit of Dubai.
Rated 5 stars on Amazon.com, Susan’s book “No Ceiling, No Walls” takes a fresh, unblinking look at leadership. It identifies the vital missing piece of the leadership and career success equations for women - the Missing 33%. And according to Evelyn Murphy, author of “Getting Even”, this is a must-read book for women - and men - who want more women in leadership positions in America.
For over 20 years, Susan has specialized in leadership development solutions for leaders at all levels. Through coaching for leadership excellence, leadership team building and leadership development programs, Susan’s clients have enhanced their business analysis, strategic thinking, visionary leadership and interpersonal skills and produced high impact results. In 2008, Susan was recognized for her contributions in this area when Providence Business News named her 2008 Business Woman Ally/Mentor of the Year. When asked what leadership is, Susan replied, "Leadership is about using the greatness in you to achieve and sustain extraordinary outcomes by engaging the greatness in others."
As a thought leader in the role that gender dynamics play in talent decisions, Susan has worked with managers and executive teams around the world to reduce barriers to women's advancement. And her cutting edge research into the unintended bias that can be embedded in talent and performance management systems has enabled companies to deliver more gender-neutral messages about leadership, performance and career advancement. Her clients describe her as intuitive, practical, inspiring, trustworthy, creative and quick to understand organizational issues and opportunities.
Prior to becoming the CEO of Leading Women, Susan founded and ran the Women's Institute for Leadership at Bryant University from 2002 – 2010, was the founding Partner of The DELTECH Group, VP of Media Education for Markus Communications, Partner in The Consulting Group of Washington and Founding Partner in DCG, Inc. She has been a volunteer leader for the Society for Human Resource Management where she has served as the State Director for the Rhode Island State Council of SHRM and as Director for Professional Development. She serves as one of 2 RI delegates to Vision 2020 a decade-long project to advance gender equality and is a committee member for the Women's Fund of Rhode Island's RI-GAP Project (a non-partisan effort to increase the number of women appointed by the governor to cabinet level positions, boards and commissions).
Susan is the author of three other books. Make The Most of Mentoring -- which sheds light on why formal mentoring programs haven’t delivered better results for women. Build Your Career -- a guide for using the job you have to get the job you want -- was featured in Moneymagazine and hailed as "a comprehensive guide for charting your career." And Make Room for JOY! has been described as "heartware and software for the soul."
Susan works, writes, rides, practices yoga and raised her son on the Rhode Island shore.