Susan DavisSusan A. Davis is a pioneering woman business owner considered an icon in the public relations industry. She opened her agency when relatively few women were experiencing success in the business world, and fewer still owned their own business. Over three decades, she has grown her agency into a global public affairs and strategic communications powerhouse, receiving accolades and recognition from industry peers and earning the respect of business and government leaders around the world. Internationally known for her expertise in strategic positioning, reputation management, government relations and crisis communications, Davis has provided counsel to government and industry heads throughout Europe and The Americas, and continues to advise key public figures worldwide.

She regularly consults with governments, industry and NGOs on the business of smart aging, health and wellness and the silver technologies market and produces engagement opportunities for thought leaders, investors and entrepreneurs. The scale of such opportunities ranges from the most recent White House Conference on Aging through the “What’s Next?” and Silicon Valley Venture Boomer Summits.

A lifelong advocate for social entrepreneurship, democracy building and leadership development for women, she is the Chair of the Board of Vital Voices Global Partnership, the preeminent NGO that trains and empowers emerging women leaders in 144 countries. She was the first International President of the International Women’s Forum, the global leadership organization now representing more than 7,000 women of achievement.

Ms. Davis chaired the landmark U.S. Ireland Business Summit which created the groundbreaking U.S.- Ireland R&D Partnership; and has been recognized for her leadership in Ireland and Northern Ireland by Irish America Magazine (“Top 100 Irish Americans and 75 Most Influential Irish American Women”) and The Flax Trust “For Service to Northern Ireland”. She is Board Chair of The Irish Breakfast Club; Board Chair for Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, member of University College Dublin Graduate School of Business Board; Co-Chair of the Washington Ireland Program Trustees Council, and a board member of Medical Missions for Children; St. Judes Hospital’s Professional Board and the US-Panama Business Council.

Her awards include “National Woman Business Owner of the Year”; “Woman Business Advocate of the United States”; the National Association of Women Business Owner’s “Outstanding Achievement in National and International Public Affairs”; the University of Wisconsin “Distinguished Service Award in the Field of Communications”;  the University of Wisconsin “Distinguished Alumni Award”; and “Global Empowerment Award”. She is a recipient of the inaugural National Capital Public Relations Society Hall of Fame award, BizBash Hall of Fame award, and was awarded the prestigious Order of Merit by the Knights Templar. Washingtonian Magazine has called Ms. Davis one of Washington’s Most Powerful Women and she is a recipient of the Washington Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” award, recognizing the DC region’s most influential women.