Susan Davis International - Lifetime Achievement
Company: Susan Davis International, Washington, DC
Company Description: Susan Davis International (SDI) was founded by Susan Davis in 1975. SDI is now a recognized brand, respected nationally and internationally for award-winning events and campaigns. With diverse clients ranging from nonprofits to corporations and government agencies, SDI’s business has always included a strong focus on the interests of our nation’s military.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Lifetime Achievement – Business
Nomination Title: Susan A. Davis, Chairman
Describe for the judges the nominated individual's lifetime of accomplishments (up to 525 words):
Susan Davis, a pioneering woman business owner, is internationally known for expertise in strategic positioning, government relations and crisis communications. Susan has personally representing more than a dozen countries on issues ranging from economic crisis to nation building and trade expansion. She regularly develops engagement and business opportunities for global thought leaders, investors and entrepreneurs.
In the United States, she has been a long-term strategic communications consultant on military and veteran’s issues for Dept. of Defense agencies, service branches and support organizations, and personally raised $5 million to help establish the Women in Military Service Memorial.
For eight years she served as Board Chair of Vital Voices Global Partnership, a preeminent NGO that has empowered 15,000 emerging women leaders in 144 countries. In this role, Susan accepted PR Week’s Communicator of the Year Award on behalf of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl who risked her life to bring girls’ education to her country. She was a Founder of the now 7,000-member International Women’s Forum and served as the first President. She is the Board Chair for Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, which supports the education of 600 girls in rural Afghanistan.
Recently, she served as strategic U.S. advisor for the Vatican World Meeting of Families and the Papal Visit to Ireland. Her groundbreaking international work includes recommending and spearheading the initiative for Ireland developing as a global hub for smart ageing technologies, products, design and services.
International accolades include Top 100 Irish Americans; 50 Irish Power Women; and 100 Outstanding International Irish Business Leaders.Along with Prince Charles and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, Susan received the Global Empowerment Humanitarian Award.
Susan authored two books including Uplift, What People Themselves Can Do, and contributed to many others. Most recently, Susan wrote the foreword for The Internet of Women: Accelerating Cultural Change.
Most importantly to her, she mentors more than two dozen women from India to Panama to South Africa to Tanzania who have started their own public relations agencies. And she regularly counsels and mentors via Skype, WhatsApp and We Chat women at the forefront of fighting human rights abuse in Iraq, the Congo, Serbia and Cambodia.
Provide a brief biography of the nominated individual (up to 125 words):
After graduating from University of Wisconsin Madison, Susan moved to Washington, D.C. and immediately dove into media and politics.She began as a special assistant to several Cabinet Members, and then was selected as the first woman to be an advance person for a sitting U.S. President.She spent a year crossing the United States promoting White House economic programs and then joined a public relations and lobbying firm as a partner.
Within two years she found her own entrepreneurial spirit. Susan opened her agency in 1975 when relatively few women owned a business. During the past four decades, she has grown SDI into a global public affairs and strategic communications powerhouse that provides counsel worldwide to heads of government, NGOs and industry.