Susan S. Fleming is an educator, researcher, businesswoman, and mother with deep experience and expertise in the areas of finance, investing, business strategy, organizational behavior, and issues of gender diversity. She began her career on Wall Street, where over a period of twelve years she held various positions in the investment community, including that of analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co.; vice president of Insurance Partners, L.P., a $540 million private equity fund; and partner at Capital Z Financial Services Partners, a $1.85 billion private equity fund.
After retiring from Wall Street in 2003, Fleming began work as an educator, teaching executives, investment professionals, MBAs, and undergraduates in the areas of corporate finance, insurance, valuation, and gender bias. She also enrolled at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University to pursue a PhD in management. Her research focused on better understanding the factors contributing to a dearth of women in leadership positions in U.S. society.
In addition to her work as an educator, researcher, and business consultant, Fleming helped to found a start-up company in Ithaca, NY, and previously served on the board of directors of four publicly traded insurance companies, one private company, and a non-profit organization. She currently serves on the board of Hanover Investors, L.P., a U.K.-based hedge fund; Virtus Investment Partners, Inc., a publicly traded asset management firm; Endurance Specialty Holdings, Ltd., a publicly traded global insurance and reinsurance holding company; and Educate the Children, a non-profit focused on improving conditions for the women and children of Nepal through literacy education, scholarships, and microfinance.
Fleming currently is a senior lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and a visiting senior lecturer of management and finance at Johnson. She holds a BA in economics and Asian studies (highest distinction) from the University of Virginia and an MS and PhD in management from Cornell University.