Meet the Founder
“I was honored to be part of such a high level leadership group doing this work together. I appreciated being ‘forced’ to interact openly and honestly. What a tremendous growth opportunity!” – Bootcamp Attendee
Meet the Founder, Speaker, and Author Behind Backbone Institute
From the time Susan A. Marshall was a little girl inspired by JFK’s leadership challenge—the famous “Ask not” speech—Susan has been a student and practitioner of leadership and personal and professional effectiveness.
Susan A. Marshall is author, speaker and Founder of Backbone Institute, LLC, whose mission is to create a stronger, more confident future, one person or team at a time. Inspired as a little girl by JFK’s leadership challenge the famous “Ask Not” speech—Susan has dedicated a lifetime to the study and practice of advanced leadership development. Her corporate and consulting experience includes work with some of the world’s best-known organizations. She is an engaging and entertaining speaker, whose message challenges mediocrity. Susan has written three books, with plans for five more.
Susan’s corporate and consulting experience includes work with the following organizations:
- Best Buy
- GE Healthcare
- New York City Leadership Academy
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- Many others
She has been welcomed as a guest lecturer at higher education institutions:
- Several University of Wisconsin campuses
- Marquette University
- Alverno College
- The University of Michigan Ross School of Business
- The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
Today, Susan spends her time as author, sought-after public speaker and Founder of Backbone Institute, LLC, whose mission is to create a stronger, more confident, future one person at a time. Through personal experience and hands-on work with executives from diverse industries at all levels, Susan has had the privilege of helping thousands of people do the difficult and exhilarating work of growth.