Susan E. Danish is an experienced leader with a personal commitment to women’s leadership and a career of insights into products and services targeted to women. Since 2003, she has served as the Executive Director of The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), one of the largest, oldest and most respected women’s organizations in the world. In this position she is currently focused on organizational transformation for the 21st century while honoring The Junior League’s 113-year history of creating lasting community impact.
Prior to joining the Association, Susan was the first Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Leadership (CWL) at Babson College in Wellesley, MA – a top-ranked college for its programs in entrepreneurship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Susan’s substantial general management and marketing experience was honed at some of the best-known companies in the world. As General Manager of the Department and Specialty Store Division of Kayser-Roth Corporation, a leading hosiery manufacturer, she built brands including Calvin Klein hosiery and tights and HUE. Susan held top marketing positions ranging from Senior VP of Marketing at Christie’s, the world’s oldest fine arts auction house, to Marketing VP at Express, the 600-store fashion-forward retail chain. Her early marketing management experience includes work at Procter & Gamble, Playtex, and Clairol. Her career also includes being President and CEO of a start-up medical/retail skin care business.
Susan holds a BS degree in Speech from Northwestern University, an MS in Public Relations from Boston University and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board of the National Human Services Assembly, an association of the largest health and human services nonprofits in the United States, on the Nominating Committee for the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), and on the Board of Visitors for Miss Halls School, one of the foremost college-preparatory schools for girls in the country. Her thoughts on women’s leadership and the nonprofit sector have appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and The Huffington Post.