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Name: Butler, Susan Bulkeley
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Historical Note: Susan Butler is CEO of The Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders and author of Become the CEO of You, Inc.: A Pioneering Executive Shares Her Secrets for Career Success. Prior to founding the Institute, she established herself as an accomplished business leader who shaped her career at Accenture, the world’s leading management consulting, technology services and outsourcing organization. She joined Arthur Andersen & Co. as its first professional female employee in 1965, and 14 years later, was named the first female partner of its consulting organization, Andersen Consulting, now known as Accenture. Before her retirement in 2002, Butler was the Managing Partner for Accenture’s Office of the CEO for Chairman & CEO Joe W. Forehand. She served on Accenture’s Executive Committee, the company’s principal advisory and strategy-setting committee, and as President of the Accenture Foundation. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management and an Honorary Doctorate in management from Purdue University. She funded the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management at Purdue’s Krannert School and has also endowed scholarships and awards for outstanding students at Purdue and Simmons College. Susan has received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Governor of Indiana for distinguished service to the state. Prior recipients include presidents, ambassadors, artists and astronauts. In 2001, Upside magazine named her to its list of “The 50 Most Remarkable Women in Technology” who have moved the industry “beyond the glass-ceiling cliché.” Butler is Past President of Purdue’s President’s Council and serves on the Board of Directors of the Purdue Research Foundation, the Dean’s Advisory Council at Purdue’s Krannert School of Management, and the National Board of Advisors of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. She has been a member of the National Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of the USA and in 2003 was appointed to the worldwide board of Junior Achievement. She is a member of the Committee of 200 and has participated in Fortune's "Most Powerful Women in Business" Summits.


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