Introducing our first Resident Speaker | Susan McPherson

I think that she is truly the definition of thought leader when it comes to the power of corporate responsibility and connecting to people around issues that really bond us together and help us with combined energy, make changes in the world. She has been celebrated rightfully by so many outlets talking about her work, interviewing her, including NPR, CNN, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The La Times, she was recently named Forbes 50 over 50 Impact

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Susan McPherson
@SusanMcP1 · 3:05
And two projects that I'm extremely passionate about. Of course, I'm passionate about all of our clients, but one would be the Don't Ban Equality Coalition, which was founded back in 2019, which was formed through a partnership between Planned Parenthood, Narau, the center for Reproductive Rights, and the ACLU, all with the goal to help companies step up to protect access to abortion and reproductive rights
Deborah Pardes
@DBPardes · 2:54

@SusanMcP1

And I'd love for you to speak to your unique journey as a woman, as a leader, in a space that requires you to find your balance, find your voice, understand the shoulders on which you stand. As a leader, as a woman. Can you speak to some women who are looking to become more active in these areas, but in general find their voice more?
Susan McPherson
@SusanMcP1 · 3:50

@DBPardes

Well, that's about a thousand questions, so I'll do my best to answer at least a few of them. And yes, at 58 years old and 35 years of of toiling in the trenches, in social impact, in corporate responsibility, in community development, in building partnerships and coalitions, I've learned a lot. I also know, as a white woman, I carry enormous privilege. And I realize that only a very few among us have access to the pinnacle of power
Arish Ali
@arish · 0:28

@SusanMcP1

Hi, Susan. I quickly wanted to hop on here and welcome you to Swell. Thank you for being our first resident speaker. We are all looking forward to many interesting conversations with you and learning a lot more about social impact and all these amazing initiatives that you have been part of. Your story is very inspiration advice. I'm looking forward to learning more, hearing more from you and invite you to some interesting conversations. Thank you
Deborah Pardes
@DBPardes · 1:26

@SusanMcP1

Susan, I also wanted to just thank you again for this first introductory swell and that origin story of your mom passing in such a violent way. It could bury people down in a life of just victimization and depression. And it's so telling how you were able able to have a resilience, to use that horrible experience to sort of formulate and fortify your resign detra, your reason for being your direction as a woman, as a leader, sensitive
Susan McPherson
@SusanMcP1 · 0:08

@arish

Thank you so very much. And I look forward to engaging with you and learning more about you as well
Susan McPherson
@SusanMcP1 · 0:50

@DBPardes

But I can guarantee you, and I can certainly share with all the listeners, that it wasn't an easy task and it's an ongoing struggle, but I have to only look forward and look up. So, wishing everyone a restful and relaxing weekend ahead