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CWE CEO, Susan Rittscher Announces Plans to Retire Mid-2019

Dear CWE community-

It is with a full heart and a tinge of sadness that I write to you today to share my decision to retire in mid- 2019 as CEO of the Center for Women and Enterprise.  After 10 fulfilling years,  I am confident the organization will make a smooth transition. I am secure in the knowledge that we have collectively created a strong foundation on which a new leader can build.

During the past decade, we have been able to accomplish so much together.

  • Tripled the number of people served by implementing the community classroom program, online learning and other targeted programming. 
  • Expanded into all of New England with the addition of the Vermont and New Hampshire WBC’s and the Veterans Business Outreach Center.
  • Grown our Women’s Business Enterprise National Council certifications, which support the larger women-owned businesses and corporate programs. 
  • Developed strong leaders for a thriving future. 

The staff has worked ardently over the past six months to set our direction for 2019-2020 and we have commitments by our very talented team to execute this plan.  The Board of Directors is fully engaged and actively seeking a new CEO and President who we hope to have in place by the end of the second quarter of 2019.  I have committed to the Board to remain active in CWE for up to one year,  working on a reduced schedule to assist and collaborate with our new CEO and Board for a successful and complete transition.

I am grateful for your support, and passionately believe in our mission of economic empowerment for women through business and entrepreneurship.  Your ongoing support of CWE will remain vital and please plan to join us on March 29 for our Annual Gala and Auction.  I look forward to working with you in this new role to move CWE forward to its wonderful future.

We will keep you abreast of the succession planning process, and let you know when we have selected our new CEO. If you have questions, please reach out to me or to our Board Chair Karen Copenhaver.  Thank you for all you have done to make this organization what it is today.

Onward and Upward-

Susan Rittscher