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A Conversation with Susan Sygall
February 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Susan Sygall, an internationally-recognized expert in the areas of international educational exchange, international development and leadership programs for persons with disabilities, is CEO and co-founder of Mobility International USA (MIUSA). MIUSA is a non-profit organization advancing disability rights and leadership globally®. It has over 2,300 alumni from over 135 countries, building the pipeline of leaders with disabilities. Susan, a wheelchair rider, has had a personal and professional commitment to disability rights and women’s issues for more than 30 years. She has co-authored numerous publications and lectured throughout the world on a variety of topics related to inclusive international development, women’s leadership, and disability rights. During the course of her career, she has spearheaded MIUSA’s signature program, the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD). Through MIUSA, Susan works with several organizations and foundations to enhance the inclusion of people with disabilities in their internal and external strategies and programs. She is a MacArthur Fellow, an Ashoka Senior Fellow, and a Kellogg Fellow. She is a Rotarian who has received a Rotary Alumni Achievement Award, a member of the International Women’s Forum, and is a Board Member of InterAction. Susan has also received the President’s Award from President Bill Clinton at the White House for her active role throughout our country and the world in empowering people with disabilities. In recognition of her incredible disability and women’s rights activism on the local, national, and international levels, the University of Portland awarded Susan an honorary degree in May 2019.