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Susan Butler

Susan Butler
CEO
Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders

Susan Butler is CEO of The Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders. Prior to founding the Institute, she established herself as an accomplished business leader who shaped her career at Accenture, the world's leading management consulting, technology services and outsourcing organization. Dr. Butler joined Arthur Andersen & Co. as its first professional female employee in 1965, and 14 years later, was named the first female partner of its consulting organization, Andersen Consulting, now known as Accenture. Before her retirement in 2002, she was the Managing Partner for Accenture's Office of the CEO for Chairman & CEO Joe W. Forehand. She served on Accenture's Executive Committee, the company's principal advisory and strategy-setting committee, and as President of the Accenture Foundation.

Dr. Butler holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Management and an Honorary Doctorate in Management from Purdue University. As a philanthropist, she has endowed chairs, scholarships and the Butler Institute for Leadership Excellence.

She has received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Governor of Indiana for distinguished service to the state. In 2001, Upside magazine named her to its list of "The 50 Most Remarkable Women in Technology" who have moved the industry "beyond the glass-ceiling cliché."

Dr. Butler is Past President of Purdue's President's Council, past member of the Board of Directors of the Purdue Research Foundation, and a former member of Purdue's Board of Trustees and the National Board of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

She is currently a visionary delegate for Vision 2020, a national project focused on advancing gender equality by August 26, 2020, a member of the worldwide board of Junior Achievement and LeaderShape LLC, the National Board of Advisors of Eller College of Management and the School of Science at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Butler is the author of Women Count: A Guide to Changing the World and Become the CEO of You, Inc., an executive coach, consultant to businesses and universities, and a speaker.