Dr. Susan R. Madsen is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. Susan has been heavily involved for over a decade in researching the lifetime development of prominent women leaders, as well as studying many aspects of women and leadership more broadly. In the past few years, Dr. Madsen released seven briefs through the Utah Women Leadership Project, which she founded, on Utah women and leadership in all sectors and settings. Overall, Susan has authored or edited five books and has published well over 100 articles, chapters, and reports. She presents often in local, national, and international settings. She has presented in NGO sessions at the United Nations and has presented is such places as the New York Times, the Argentina Parliament Palace, the House of Commons in England, and in a host of countries around the world.
In addition to a host of awards and recognitions, Susan has most recently been recognized as 2016 “Distinguished Woman of the Year” by the Wasatch Chapter of AAUW, a 2016 honoree of the Sundance Film Festival Utah Women’s Leadership Celebration, and the 2014 “Women and Leadership Scholar of the Year” for the International Leadership Association. She has also worked since 2009 on the Utah Women and Education Initiative for the state of Utah to figure out how to get more Utah women to graduate from college. Dr. Madsen received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in human resource development.
Susan and her husband have four young adult children, and she enjoys racquetball, soccer, snowshoeing, golf and hiking. She is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.