Susan F. Shultz

Susan F. Shultz is a recognized governance expert, speaking and writing on the competitive advantages of strategic boards and leading the governance practice of SSA Executive Search.

Her speaking engagements circle the globe−from London and Tokyo.  Topics include:

“The Role of Venture Capitalists and Investors on Boards of Directors”
“Enron and Corporate Governance−Alternate Views”
“Broadening Our Horizons”
“Guts, Glory and Governance” Shifting Sands and New Demands: Leveraging Your Board, Staff, and Self
“10 Most Common Mistakes in Creating and Using Boards in Family-Owned Businesses”
“10 Most Common Mistakes in Creating and Using Boards”
“Leadership in Business”

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Susan Shultz founded SSA Executive Search International, Ltd. in 1981 and has conducted senior level searches locally, nationally and internationally, and is recognized as a leading expert in corporate governance. She authored the highly acclaimed The Board Book, Making Your Corporate Board a Strategic Force in your Company’s Success (AMACOM) and has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, Strategic Finance, CFO Magazine and numerous other media.

She has spoken about corporate boards and executive search at The Business Roundtable, the Economist CFO Forum, Tokyo, the advanced director symposium at the Anderson School, UCLA, The Commonwealth Club, the Canadian Chartered Accountants, Montreal, the Financial Executives Int’l Annual Summit, Semantic Annual CIO Symposium, various CEO gatherings, and to many other organizations.

In 2002, Susan founded The Board Institute, Inc., to improve boards of directors through a suite of web-based, independent, educational tools to help directors evaluate, educate and improve their boards, committees and individual directors.  The Board Institute ( offers the only web-based solution to director education and board evaluation that is fully accredited by RiskMetrics.

Before establishing SSA, Susan had a marketing firm, an import-export company, and was a consultant/media director for many U.S., state and federal political campaigns. She was a columnist and investigative reporter for Phoenix Magazine for 15 years, and has written for numerous other publications. She had 4 major books published, including the #1 worldwide bestseller.  Prior to that, for five years, she served as Legislative Assistant to Rep. William E. Brock, US Congress, in Washington, DC.  Susan received a BA in Government and Economics from the University of Arizona and completed all core graduate work in International Affairs and International Economics at George Washington University.

Susan chaired the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations for 16 years, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (NYC), Pacific Council on International Policy (Los Angeles), is a director for the Arizona Technology Council, The Council Foundation, the School of Global Studies, ASU and Charter 100, and is past President of the Arizona Business Leadership Association. She served on numerous other boards, was a Presidential Delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business and is recognized in numerous publications including Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.