Susan Rittscher, President and CEO of the Center for Women & Enterprise joined the organization in 2008 to continue her life's work of creating possibilities, connecting communities, and impacting lives through service. She has over 36 years of non-profit experience and 23 years of experience as a CEO of small and large not for profits. Most recently, Susan was the director of Leadership and Volunteer Development for the YMCA of the USA, with responsibility for educating and training the executive and volunteer leaders of the nation’s 2,600 YMCAs. Susan was formerly the President and CEO of the Greater Providence and Broward YMCA’s, where she served for 17 years. She is a catalytic leader with strong skills in developing others, creating growth in the organizations she leads, and collaborating with others to provide innovative service.
Susan has held other key leadership and officer roles, having served on the boards of the YMCA Retirement Fund, Y- Mutual Insurance Company, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the United Way, Leadership Rhode Island, Leadership Broward, the Junior League, and the University Club. She has been appointed by the Governor of Rhode Island to serve as a Commodore for the State.
Susan has received many honors including being named by the Boston Business Journal as a Legacy Award winner for Lifetime Achievement, the Boston Herald as a “Woman to Watch”, and an “Up and Comer of the Year” by South Florida Magazine and Price Waterhouse. While at YMCA of the USA she was appointed as an international delegate at the Japan/USA Management Seminar and the YMCA World Alliance in South Africa.
The mission of CWE is very powerful and relevant. Economic empowerment, self sufficiency and equity for women are very important to create a better community, and social justice. With women still making only 77% of what men make, I wanted to work for an organization to create programs that level the playing field and support women in achieving these goals. I felt called to serve this amazing organization to work with others to achieve this.