Susan is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to transforming the lives of children living in poverty around the world. With offices in Austin, Texas; New Delhi, India; and Cape Town, South Africa; the Dell family foundation funds programs that foster high-quality public education and childhood health and that improve the economic stability of families living in poverty. As the driving force behind the Foundation, Susan is dedicated to supporting programs that positively impact children’s lives. In the U.S., Susan is specifically focused on encouraging kids to be more physically active and promoting healthy eating, which will help combat the childhood obesity epidemic that is facing our nation. The Foundation has committed more than $600 million to global children’s issues and community initiatives to date.
In addition to her charitable work, Susan is the Chairman of the Board of Phi, a New York City-based women’s designer collection that made its runway debut in the Fall of 2004. The Phi design philosophy is rooted in the timeless appeal of the confident spirit and state of mind of a modern woman who is both strong and feminine.
Outside of her daily professional responsibilities, Susan competes in marathons, triathlons, and cycling races. Her most recent accomplishments include: fastest woman finisher while setting a new course record for women in the 2007 Kaloko Sprint Cycling Race; fastest woman finisher while setting a new course record for women in the 2006 Sea To Stars Mauna Kea Road Race; setting the record in the 2007 40-44 women’s age group for the Cooper Clinic stress test; finished 1st place overall for men and women while setting the course record for women in 2004, a record which she then broke in 2007 in the Kaloko “La La Land” Cycling Race; and she successfully competed in the 2003 Ironman World Championships.
Susan was a member of the President’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports, is a trustee of the Children’s Medical Center Foundation of Texas, and a board member of the Cooper Institute in Dallas. She and her husband, Michael, live in Austin, Texas, with their four children.