Susan has never been a person who has followed the easy way in life, if the easy way meant that she would be bored and unchallenged. She thrives on learning new things and ideas both within work and outside work. Intellectual stimulation fuels her brain therefore she has a wide range of interests and passions. Curious by nature about people and human nature since she was young, Susan has a knack for assessing others without being judgmental, rude or obvious; she appreciates people for who they are. People often open up to her and trust her because she is a good listener, is genuinely interested in getting to know them and is a straight-shooter. Combining all these personal attributes, executive search consulting was a natural fit, which she discovered after a career in marketing.
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Susan entered the executive search industry in 1992 after acquiring a wide breadth of marketing experience in her earlier professional career. Before establishing SGES, Susan was a Co-founder and Partner in an executive search and career coaching partnership, Goldberg Erder Hirschfeld, LLC. Previous to the most recent partnership, she managed her first boutique search practice which launched in September 2001, and serviced a broad spectrum of media clients and choice professional services companies. Prior to opening her own firm, she was the first female Director/Partner with Stratford Group, a leading retained nationwide executive search firm, where she focused on entertainment and new technology clients.
Susan's expertise in entertainment and technology grew from years as a Principal of TMP Worldwide's New York office and a co-founding member of the Communications Entertainment and Technology Practice at Ward Howell. (TMP bought LAI/Ward Howell). Prior to joining TMP/LAI Worldwide, she was a Senior Associate and generalist at NewYork-based executive search firm, Johnson Smith & Knisely where her assignments encompassed entertainment, telecommunications, publishing, information technology, healthcare, financial services, and new media sectors. At that time, she had the most successful placement statistics of the associates in the firm. Earlier in her executive search career, Susan was extensively trained in research and competitive intelligence.
Susan's business background started in the marketing field as the Marketing Director for the sales office of a direct marketing firm. She has also spent seven additional years in the marketing industry including time as a private consultant for health and beauty aid, retail and apparel, and industrial services clients.
Susan received her BA in French literature along with a minor in business from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her MBA in Marketing & International Business from Pace University in New York City. During her graduate studies, she interned in marketing in Schenectady, New York for GE's Power Generation Services Operations.
Susan is an accredited member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC). She is the former President of The Executive Search Roundtable. Susan was a member of the Board of the NY IACPR, the Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters, and held the position of Program Chair.
Outside of industry affiliated associations, Susan was a founding Board member of the EFA, the Endometriosis Foundation of America, a women's health foundation. In addition, Susan was a member of Entrepreneur Organization's Accelerator program of 2010-2011 and she is a Competent Communicator with Toastmasters and serves as co-VP Education to Pacers Toastmasters in New York. She is a contributor to the weekly online publication, "Woman Around Town" within the "working around" section. Susan has also organized New York alumni functions for Washington University.
In the past, Susan has also sat on the membership committee of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She was also the career advisor to South Asians in Media when the group was most active. SGES has sponsored select by-invitation-only dinners for high potential digital talent on both coasts.