Susan McPherson

Susan McPherson is the cupid of corporate responsibility–inexhaustibly connecting good people with one another so they can do great things. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focused on the intersection of brands and social impact.Whether hosting a panel on that status of refugees, writing on the most cutting edge communications strategies for Fast Company, or serving on one of half a dozen boards, she brings infectious enthusiasm and studied strategic thinking. She is also the author of “The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Business Relationships,” which Seth Godin said is, “Not just a tactical guide to connection, but a heartfelt manifesto about why it matters.”

Susan is admittedly small, but mighty on a stage–enlightening audiences about the role that storytelling and collaboration plays in pursuit of social change. She is increasingly called on to use her 30+ years of experience to help the private sector understand how they can meaningfully step in to solve some of the most pressing issues of our time. Within minutes of meeting her, you can feel that you are in the presence of an uncommon generosity so rare and vital for our times. She has spoken at the Massachusetts Conference for Women, BSR, DLD, Worth Women and Techonomy and contributed to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Forbes. She has appeared on NPR, CNN, USA Today, The New Yorker, New York Magazine and the LA Times. Susan is the recipient of Forbes magazine’s 50 over 50—Impact 2021 award and Worth Media’s Worthy100 award.

Currently, Susan invests in and advises women-led start-ups, serves on the boards of USA for UNHCR, The 19th News, and on the advisory boards of The List, Apolitical Foundation, Just Capital and Alltruists. Additionally, she is a member of the MIT Solve Women and Technology Leadership Group and serves as an adviser to several nonprofits including She’s The First and The OpEd Project. Susan is a Vital Voices global corporate ambassador and a member of the New York Women’s Forum and Extraordinary Women on Boards.

Susan McPherson is the ultimate authentic connector — and, lucky us, she's finally sharing how she does it. Whether you're a business leader or a movement builder, The Lost Art of Connecting is the book we need to get back to the authentic connections we are craving.
--Shannon Watts, Founder, Moms Demand Action

Whether it’s a single issue–equal pay, paid leave, minority inclusion, mental health, criminal justice reform, or the many issues related to climate change–or a suite of issues, be sure to take on something true to your values and commit to bringing about change.
--Susan McPherson, Fast Company

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