A partner at Spencer Stuart, one of the world’s leading executive search consulting firms, Susan Boren is a trusted adviser who works to thoughtfully place the right leaders in organizations around the globe. She is a member of Spencer Stuart’s board of directors; is actively involved in the Board Services, Life Sciences and Education, Nonprofit and Public Policy practices; and currently manages the firm’s Minneapolis St. Paul office.
Boren’s expertise in governance has been particularly helpful to Spencer Stuart clients whose boards are undergoing significant transition. She brings a broad range of board and general management experiences to her client work, including 15 years as a senior executive with Target Corporation and serving as president of her own consulting firm where she advised CEOs and boards of directors in the areas of leadership and governance. She also served as a director of Valspar Corporation for 19 years, until 2010.
Recognizing innovative leaders is only one of Boren’s strengths. “Having been a successful business person and leader over the years, Susan knows how things work,” said Richard Leider, premier executive coach, bestselling author and founder, The Inventure Group. “She can connect the dots and get things done faster and more efficiently than many other people I’ve seen.” Bill Kling, president of Minnesota Public Radio, added, “Susan’s enthusiasm and commitment to quality is a hallmark for her.”
In addition to her work with corporate clients, Boren has benefited her community by identifying senior-level talent for major non-profit organizations such as CARE USA, Habitat for Humanity International, The Kresge Foundation, The Minnesota Orchestral Association, Trinity Health Systems, The Bush Foundation, The University of Minnesota Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, and Hennepin County Medical Center.
Boren demonstrates a deep commitment to making the world a better place, sharing her talents selflessly, and encouraging others who meet her to do the same. She has served on the boards of Girl Scouts, Minnesota Public Radio, The Minnesota Opera, Antioch College, and The Blake School. She is also co-founder of the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania, a charitable foundation which supports education and leadership development in Africa. “She’s the kind of person who delivers with action, even when there’s nothing in it for her,” said Leider.
Often described as warm and wise, Boren is a positive role model for girls because she demonstrates how female leadership can be both driven and personable. She is admired for her authenticity and for staying true to her values regardless of the situation. “Susan believes strongly in women succeeding in the work place and in all facets of life,” said Kevin Smith, president of the Minnesota Orchestra. “She takes on challenges personally and professionally with courage, strength, integrity, and a generous spirit to make things happen.”
Boren earned her bachelor’s degree from Antioch College in Ohio, and went on to earn a master’s degree in business administration in finance from the University of Dayton.