Susan MacKenty Brady

Managing Director, Institute for Leadership at Simmons University


Advancing Women Leaders

About Susan:

As managing director of the Institute for Leadership at Simmons University, Susan MacKenty Brady oversees the Simmons Leadership Conferences, executive education program offerings, and the Center for Gender in Organizations. An expert in the advancement of women leaders, she has advised executives at more than 500 organizations around the world on how to create gender parity and motivate women at all levels to fully realize—and manifest—their leadership potential.

Susan is also 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.

Background and Experience:

Prior to joining Simmons, Brady was executive vice president at Linkage. During her tenure, she launched our global practice on Advancing Women Leaders and Inclusive Leadership, and founded the Women in Leadership Institute, which currently boasts a network of more than 15,000 alumni.

Education and Training:

Susan received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Communications from Marietta College, and later went on to earn her Masters in Educational Leadership from Ohio University.

Susan's Insights

Confessions from a #LinkageWIL Keynote

I gave the opening keynote at #LinkageWIL last week. I shared my own journey of self-awareness and what I have learned about the hurdles that women uniquely face in the workplace. Despite giving this talk hundreds of times before for audiences of varied sizes, this one was different. Here’s why.

Women Leaders, It’s Time to Get Out of Our Own Way

If we want to get more of what we want, we must start by looking at how we might be getting in our own way. The name of the game is self-awareness and self-management—and it starts with each of us.

Tripping Over Our Own Bias [And Why It Doesn’t Serve Us]

We all have biases–conscious and unconscious. Both ways impact behavior. We automatically assume things about people born and raised in certain cities, countries, regions, etc. We judge people by how they look or present themselves to the world. We don’t do it on purpose, but we are all guilty of some sort of bias and judgment. Imagine if you unknowingly carry these thoughts into the workplace.

Women Leaders, It’s Time to Glide (not jump) Over the Hurdles in Front of Us

The reality is that bias—and the other hurdles in the workforce may be impacting us. The good news is that we can control these and they can actually help us advance. The behavior change starts with us.

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