Susan MacKenty Brady

Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership | CEO, Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership

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SUSAN MACKENTY BRADY inspires, educates and ignites leaders globally on fostering a mindset of inclusion and self-awareness. As an expert in inclusion and the advancement of women leaders, Susan advises executives on how to create gender parity in organizations and motivates women at all levels of organizational leadership to fully realize—and manifest—their leadership potential.

Building on Simmons University’s 40-year history impacting over 100,000 professional women at their events and programs, Susan now serves as the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership, and the first Chief Executive Officer of The Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership. The Institute produces a global set of game-changing professional initiatives for the purpose of intersecting leadership, equity and inclusion. 

Featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, Susan is the author of Mastering Your Inner Critic and 7 Other High Hurdles to Advancement: How the Best Women Leaders Practice Self-Awareness to Change What Really Matters (McGraw-Hill, November 2018), and The 30-Second Guide to Coaching Your Inner Critic (Linkage, 2014). A celebrated speaker, Susan has keynoted or consulted at over 500 organizations around the world. She is also a sought after podcast guest who most recently spoke on The Gallup Podcast with Mohammand Younis about The Most Important Leadership Skill? Listening. In 2020, Susan was selected as one of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches.

Prior to joining Simmons, Susan was Executive Vice President at Linkage, Inc. a global leadership development consulting and training firm.  She founded Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute™ and launched Linkage’s global practice on Advancing Women Leaders and Inclusive Leadership, and led the field research behind the 7 Leadership Hurdles Women Leaders Face in the Workforce™.  Dedicated to inclusively and collaboratively inspiring every girl to realize her full potential, Susan serves on the board of the not-for-profit Strong Women, Strong Girls. 

Susan resides in the Boston area with her husband, two teenage daughters, and two Portuguese water dogs.

Reviews of Mastering Your Inner Critic and 7 Other High Hurdles to Advancement:

“Susan Brady has given voice to the critical barriers that impede women leaders from the full realization of their talent and gifts. In an unapologetic, transparent conversation, Susan calls out the barriers and provides easy to execute remedies that will propel readers to their leadership reality!” —Carla A. Harris, Vice Chairman, Managing Director, Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley

“I wish the leadership lessons in this book could somehow be put in our water supply. People—and especially women-—would get more out of their lives by returning to this book over and over again.” —Brigadier General Tom Kolditz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, US Military Academy, West Point; founding Executive Director, Doerr Institute for New Leaders, Rice University