Susan Hitchcock Founder and Host Emerita of Women in Leadership

Susan B. Hitchcock is a native of Franklin, KY, a cum laude graduate of Agnes Scott College, a participant in Boston University’s Leadership Institute, and a recipient of the GA Executive Women’s Network Founders’ Award. Susan’s BellSouth corporate career included multiple leadership positions in Network Operations and in the Management Assessment and Training organization. 

For over two decades she worked with the Turknett Leadership Group as VP Client Services, Executive Director of Women’s Initiatives, and currently, as an Advisory Board member. She founded and has hosted Turknett’s Women in Leadership (WIL) seminar series since 2003, having facilitated over 185 monthly programs to date. As a community advocate and volunteer, her past board service includes AWN, GEWN, Possible Woman Foundation, Literacy Volunteers, BD of Directors’ Network, Global Ethical Leadership Foundation, and CEO Netweaver. 

Currently, she serves on Agnes Scott’s Athletic Advisory Council, is past president of the Alumnae Association, a former member of the BD of Trustees & Executive Committee, Chair of Student Affairs Committee, and is a 2017 Outstanding Alumnae Award recipient. In 2012 Susan was inducted into the Womenetics Hall of Fame receiving a POW! Award for her leadership and advocacy for women’s advancement. 

In 2014, Susan was an invited contributor to a book entitled “The Female Leader: Empowerment, Confidence & Passion.” She also has interviewed and written “SHEro” profiles for over 60 women from various fields, is a keynote and workshop speaker, and writes monthly leadership highlights for Turknett’s WIL seminars. 

Career Highlights

  • For over two decades she worked with the Turknett Leadership Group as VP Client Services, Executive Director of Women’s Initiatives, and currently, as an Advisory Board member
  • She founded and has hosted Turknett’s Women in Leadership (WIL) seminar series since 2003, ending with #211 in December of 2020
  • Recipient of the GA Executive Women’s Network Founders’ Award
  • Susan’s BellSouth corporate career included multiple leadership positions in Network Operations Management Assessment and Training organization

Areas of Specialization

  • In 2014, Susan was an invited contributor to a book entitled “The Female Leader: Empowerment, Confidence & Passion.”
  • She also has interviewed and written “SHEro” profiles for over 60 women from various fields
  • Keynote and workshop speaker
  • Writes monthly leadership highlights for Turknett’s WIL seminars
  • Womens’ Workplace Issues
  • Gender Equality in the Boardroom

Unique Attributes

  • Agnes Scott’s Athletic Advisory Council
  • Participant in Boston University’s Leadership Institute
  • As a community advocate and volunteer, past board service includes AWN, GEWN, Possible Woman Foundation, Literacy Volunteers, BD of Directors’ Network, Global Ethical Leadership Foundation, and CEO Netweaver
  • Past president of the Alumnae Association
  • A former member of the BD of Trustees & Executive Committee and Chair of Student Affairs Committee
  • 2017 Outstanding Alumnae Award recipient
  • In 2012 Susan was inducted into the Womenetics Hall of Fame receiving a POW! Award for her leadership and advocacy for women’s advancement
  • Hobbies

    Flower gardening; travel & planning travel; interior design; writing

  • Favorite Food

    Avocadoes & pasta

  • Band

    Abba & Lady A

  • Movie

    The Notebook

  • Super Power

    Passion for women’s leadership

  • TV Show

    The Blacklist & HGTV

  • Book

    Decent People Decent Company

  • Quote

    “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” - Shirley Chisholm

Consultant Insights

  • My ideal client is someone [an organization] that:

    Believes that the best leaders never stop learning and growing.

  • The highlight of my career so far has been:

    Working with Lyn and Bob Turknett, and spreading the word about their Leadership Character Model; also starting the WIL series and hosting 200+ programs.

  • My superpower as a coach is:

    Holding people accountable as I do myself.

  • My philosophy on life is:

    Living your passion and purpose brings joy and fulfillment and hopefully positively impacts others.

  • I hope my legacy is one of:

    Contributing to the success of others – especially for girls and women.