HOPKINS, Minn., June 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Susan Cornell Wilkes is recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Professional in the field of Professional Services. Susan is the President and Co-Founder of Global Horizons for Women.
Global Horizons for Women provides retiring/retired professional women with opportunities to use their time, expertise, experience, and assets to support economic opportunity for women in developing countries, at the same time finding for themselves new connections, challenges and excitement. It also takes women on trips to see women's economic empowerment programs on site.
As Co-Founder and President, Susan works closely with international development, strategic planning, public speaking, women's economic empowerment, writing, incentive travel, program, development, and more. Susan states one of the most empowering aspects of her career has been introducing American women and family foundations to opportunities to support women's economic empowerment, as well as taking women and families overseas to meet the women and experience the power of the way opportunity changes their lives.
Susan spends time talking and getting to know these courageous women who are lifting themselves and their families out of poverty, which is something to be admired. The secret to her success is her creative vision and ability to attract others to help implement and own it, as well as her preparation, organization skills and commitment to teamwork. Reflecting on the jumpstart of her career, Susan has a list of mentors and influential people who have helped her become the esteemed person she is today. She has been influenced by Muhammad Yunus, the founder of microcredit, her father who was Executive Officer of the National Academy of Sciences, and her husband who is a newspaper columnist, writer and adventurer who co-authored "The Miracles of Barefoot Capitalism" with her. Also, Susan says she was awakened politically by President Kennedy, as well as Martin Luther King and Bill Drayton who founded ASHOKA. ASHOKA taught her about social entrepreneurship and encouraged her to get involved as an entrepreneur.
In addition to her dedication to Global Horizons for Women, Susan is a Board Member of the Harvard Alumni Club, Freedom from Hunger and Compatible Technologies International. She also is a former Board Member of Women's Thrive Worldwide and Micro Credit Enterprises. Outside of work, Susan enjoys traveling, music, playing piano, reading, and writing. She takes time to experience the beauty of nature and embracing experiences unrelated to her work. Susan has been happily married for twelve years to her husband, Jim Klobuchar, and they have five children- Sam, Thomas and Katharine Wilkes, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Meagan McGlade.
Looking into the future, Susan would like to be remembered as a person deeply involved in great social issues of our time, a person in search of solutions to inequities, a champion of poor women in developing countries, a reliable friend, and a compassionate woman.
Susan attended Harvard University and was a co-founder of Up with People, Inc.
For more information, please visit www.globalhorizonsforwomen.org.
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