CWE Boards


Susan Loconto Penta

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Board of Directors

Susan is an engineer, entrepreneur, educator and consultant. As Co-Founder and Managing Partner at MIDIOR, Susan inspires innovative thinking, optimizes organization output and improves financial performance for clients. Susan has also served as an Executive Professor for 18 years at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business where she teaches graduate courses in entrepreneurship and innovation. Susan is an active trustee and supporter of non-profit organizations in the Boston area with a particular focus at the intersection of education, entrepreneurship and disadvantaged populations. Susan currently serves as a Director and past Chairman of the Board for the Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE), as Trustee and past Chairman of the Board for Schools for Children, as Trustee for The Children’s Trust, as an active member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network Advisory Board and as a Program Committee member for The Possible Project. Susan is a founding member of WPI’s Women’s Impact Network (WIN), was a founding board member for WPI’s Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and has served on the Management Executive Council for WPI’s Foisie Business School and the Technology Advisors Network. Susan has been recognized for her professional and community contributions with numerous awards, including the prestigious Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Entrepreneurship in 2016; she is also a frequent author/speaker on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship and product organizations. Susan holds a BSEE degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and an MBA from The CASS Business School in London, England. 

Why CWE?

Because growing up, I had great role models and fans in my parents and while at that time they could not “buy” me an education, a career, or my financial independence, they encouraged me to follow my passion, and assured me that I could achieve my goals. They gave me the confidence and emotional support structure to take the necessary risks and do it for myself. CWE provides this same backdrop for women who may not have enough support or advantage to achieve their financial independence and for me, the best way to say thanks is to give back.