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Susan Danish
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Susan Danish brings more than 20 years of experience in business and nonprofit management to her role as Executive Director of The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. Prior to joining AJLI in 2003, Susan was the Executive Director of the Center for Women's Leadership (CWL) at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, which fosters entrepreneurial leadership among women. She is also a founding member of 1,000 Women for Mentoring and is the International Association for Volunteer Effort’s (IAVE) National Representative for the United States. Additionally, she serves on committees of a number of national and international nonprofit organizations.

Before entering the nonprofit sector, Susan gained substantial management and marketing experience at companies and brands as varied as Calvin Klein, the fashion design company; Christie's, the international auction house; and Express, the 600-store young women's fashion retail chain, and consumer products giants Procter & Gamble, Playtex and Clairol. Earlier in her career, Susan was President and CEO of her own retail skin care business.

She holds a BS degree in Speech from Northwestern University, an MS in Public Relations from Boston University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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How Was Your Valentine's Day?

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 6:58 PM

I received my Valentine's Day gift in Guatemala City from an elderly woman living in a nursing home in Guatemala City. Her name is Florencia, and the gift she gave me was a very special love at first sight!

Some background is in order.

My professional life is tied up...

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Want to Fight Human Trafficking? Volunteer.

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 10:28 AM

I didn't want to let Human Trafficking Awareness Month go by without spending some time talking about the issue. Not simply as a "problem" - any reasonable person would agree that human trafficking, particularly commercial sexual exploitation of women and children, is a global scourge - but as a part...

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Put This on Your Year-End Planning List: Volunteer More!

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 2:15 PM

If it's that time of the year when we search for tax write-offs for charitable donations in the year just ending, why not also make it the time to plan for the charitable "donations" you won't be able to deduct in the year ahead?

I am talking about a different...

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Why Does Progress for Women Take So Long?

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 6:47 PM

It took 72 years for women to get the right to vote in this country. Will it take that long to build a museum on the National Mall exploring and celebrating the contributions of American women?

I certainly hope not!

The effort to build a National Women's History Museum on...

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Voluntarism Is Powerful (So sign the Petition!)

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 2:54 PM

I spend a lot of time working with volunteers, so I am never surprised when I hear stories of what they can accomplish, and I heard many great stories at the 2014 world conference in Broadbeach, Australia of IAVE -- the International Association for Volunteer Effort.

But the...

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The Envelope Please: A Great Idea That Should Be Passed On

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 5:50 PM

One of the hidden strengths of the nonprofit world is our ability to come up with a great idea that, because of its compelling emotional logic, allows people to change the way they view a situation --- and, in doing so, make a big collective impact. We call that the...

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Memo to the New York Times: It's Sex Trafficking!

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 12:12 PM

The New York Times had a great opportunity recently to create awareness about the face of slavery today -- human trafficking of women and girls for commercial sex -- off the Op-Ed page (home of the tremendous work and impact of Nicholas Kristof) and into the pages of its equally...

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What Can Detroit Tell Us About 'Comebacks'?

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 12:46 PM

We've all seen and read the endless stream of news stories about the demise of Detroit. How does a city go from being the Paris of the West in the 1920s to the first major U.S. city to declare bankruptcy in 2013? It's true that Detroit finds itself saddled with...

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Unleashing the Power of the Volunteer Is a Great Idea!

(8) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Voluntarism in the U.S. has long been a powerful model for creating change at the national level and community impact at the local level while, at the same time, helping to bring together our citizens in a common goal.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report, Volunteering...

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Developing 'Civic Capital' -- What Can Katrina Teach Us About Sandy?

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 2:09 PM

Hurricane Sandy was undeniably a disaster for tens of thousands of New Jersey and New York residents. But as the headlines begin to recede, what more can we do, as leaders of nonprofits, to help their stricken communities? Ironically, after the last clean-up volunteers leave and all of the insurance...

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What Do Nonprofits Need More Than Funding?

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 7:30 PM

It's no secret that nonprofits, particularly those that are primarily funded by state and local government, are increasingly starved for cash needed to carry out their missions. But another deficit is less apparent -- finding new and effective leaders for thousands of nonprofits at all levels: national, regional and local....

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Women's Empowerment...Not an Issue Here?

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2009 | 4:55 PM

Is "women's empowerment" still an issue here in the U.S? If you talk with women of the millennial generation, they may say no. The experiences of those of us who were the first women in our business school classes or the first managers in corporations are historical references, for many...

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