Susan Schiffer Stautberg is President of PartnerCom Corporation, which assembles and manages Advisory Boards globally for businesses, governments, and non-profits. PartnerCom also conducts executive searches for Corporate Directors and CEOs. Susan is an innovative, multi-dimensional leader as well as a visionary community and strategic alliance builder in the public, private, and social sectors.
As a Westinghouse/Group W TV correspondent covering the White House and Capitol Hill, Susan was the first woman and one of the youngest to head a Washington TV bureau. Susan then became the first TV journalist to be chosen as a White House Fellow where she worked for both Vice President Rockefeller and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Her considerable consumer products experience includes positions as the Directors of Communications for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and for McNeil Consumer Products. After moving to New York, Susan became Director of Communications for Touche Ross (now Deloitte & Touche).
Deciding to become an entrepreneur, Susan founded MasterMedia Ltd., the only company to combine publishing with a speaker’s bureau. The quality publishing house produced more than 125 books, including best sellers and Book-of-the Month, Doubleday, Literary Guide, and Reader’s Digest selections. The Speakers Bureau worked with some of the foremost businesses and universities in the world.
In her capacity as Corporate and non-profit Director, Susan has served on or created the Advisory Boards for Ashbridge, Avis Rent-A-Car, Avon, Bank of America, Bayer Diabetes Care Division, CIGNA, Center for Women’s Business Research, Council on Competitiveness, Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, Envision, Flexjet, Goldman Sachs, Investment New Zealand, Key Bank, Link Staffing Services, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Northern Trust, Northwestern Mutual, Oppenheimer Funds, PNC Advisors, Singlepoint, STRATCO, Sun Trust/AMA, Third Age, TIGER 21, and The United Nations Office for Project Services.
Susan has received numerous awards and honors, including The Director’s Choice Award, and is a 2006 Purpose Prize Fellow. Presidential Commissions, Boards, and Foundations Susan has served on include: The Commission on Presidential Scholars, U.S. Japan Fellowship, The Institute for Educational Affairs, The Defense Advisory Council on Women in the Armed Services and the White House Fellows. Susan chaired both The Elms Centennial and 60th Anniversary Committees for The Preservation Society of Newport County and is the Secretary of the board of The Preservation Society.
Susan founded The Belizean Grove and TARA, constellations of diverse, influential women from 5 continents, who meet at preeminent retreats to share knowledge and connections. She co-founded Women Corporate Directors, with over 300 members on over 500 Corporate Boards in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Boston, Miami, Atlanta, London, and Dallas. WCD is the only national community of Women Corporate Directors who meet for regional dinners, at national conferences, and are connected by email for updates, to distribute board opportunities and to conduct surveys. She also co-founded On Board Bootcamp, which provides an insider’s guide on how to be selected to be a Corporate, Private Company or Advisory Board Director. Susan is a member of the International Women’s Forum, C200, WPO, and the Executive Committee of the Women’s Middle East Summit.
Susan holds a BA from Wheaton College, a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from George Washington University and completed an Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. As an adjunct professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at GW, she taught a graduate course, for 3 years, on “Global Visions, Strategies, and Tactics for International Organizations”. An effective public speaker, Susan has addressed groups around the world, including leading business schools and national and international conferences. Her writing includes five books; she has written or been featured in numerous articles including Business Week, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, Directorship, The Corporate Board, Directors and Boards, NACD Director’s Monthly, The Conference Board Alert, The Financial Times, and USA Today and others. Her on-air interview experience includes Oprah, The Today Show, CBS Evening News, CNN, Sally Jesse Raphael, and many others.
In recognition of her long-time passion for mentoring and opening doors for women, Susan’s friends established the Susan Schiffer Stautberg Leadership Foundation, to “identify high potential women and facilitate their ability to make a difference in their communities, their chosen fields, and the world at large.”
Susan is the wife of A. Theodore Stautberg, Jr., and the mother of Edward.