Susan Willett Bird, Esq., is Founder and CEO of Wf360, LLC, the company that “helps global companies get local.” By combining satellite and web technologies and other elements in a unique combination, Wf360 helps its blue-chip roster of clients and strategic partners – including Accenture, IBM, Maytag, WalMart, DuPont, Dow, Alcoa, Starbucks, the New York Stock Exchange, and others – connect meaningfully with their employees and customers around the world. Wf360 also creates and distributes content showcasing extraordinary business and thought leaders and produces Leading Questions™ (patents pending), the conversational tool used by companies to jump-start creative problem-solving among employees.
An expert on the formation of business alliances, Ms. Bird has served as President of American Mediation Council, LLC, and enjoyed a distinguished career in the real estate investment industry, as a senior officer with Grubb & Ellis Company and later with her own firm. Earlier in her career, Ms. Bird practiced law at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco, with an emphasis on corporate litigation.
Ms. Bird is a Founding Member and former Chair of the Committee of 200; a member of the International Women’s Forum; a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and a member of the International Council for the Kilby International Awards. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School, where she was an editor of Law Review.
Ms. Bird facilitated Wf360’s MainEvent Middle East RoadShow in Dubai, Cairo and Amman, as well as the Asia/Pacific RoadShow. Bird is the author of The ABC’s of Authentic Conversation and a frequent speaker/consultant on leadership and the power of conversation as a strategic business tool. Recent engagements include events sponsored by the World Economic Forum, Young Presidents Organization, Stanford Law School, London Business School, Harvard Business School, the Nikkei Forum of Business Executives (Tokyo), the WIN program (Italy), FWE (Paris), NESTA (London) and others.
Bird has been featured in numerous print articles, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Newsweek, Inc., Business Week, New York Woman, Crain’s New York Business, Venture, Glamour Italy, USA Today and The Australian Financial Review, and has participated in numerous radio and television interviews, including appearances on ABC, CBS, CNNfn, FNN, Reuters Japan and CNBC.
Among numerous honors, she is especially proud of receiving the Crain’s New York Business Award for Success and Leadership in Business as well as the “Life of the City Award” from New York Woman magazine saluting her for extraordinary business achievement. Among other interests, she cites as most memorable her co-producing the Broadway show, Jelly’s Last Jam, and the fact that she joined her four sons in skydiving from 13,000 feet.