Susan Brennan

Assistant Dean, Career Development Office

Susan Brennan

Susan is the Inaugural Assistant Dean of the Career Development Office (CDO) at MIT Sloan and a strategic catalyst for the CDO’s reimagination and culture transformation. In this role she leads what she believes today is the most talented and capable team of career professionals in the nation who guide the careers of students and alumni across MIT Sloan’s diverse portfolio of graduate business programs. Susan and her team take to heart MIT Sloan’s mission to develop innovative principled leaders who improve the world and are inspired every day to find new ways to support students to make an impact. A passionate advocate for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, Susan brings her action-oriented commitment to Sloan’s school-wide DEI Committees for both Students and Staff Matters.

Susan’s approach as a higher education leader has been to reframe the Career Services narrative by focusing on students as heroes in their career journey. Using a human-centered design approach, she encourages her teams to start with empathy, compassion, and love to design transformative career experiences for students. She is a bold advocate for embracing diverse perspectives, advancing equity and access to opportunity, and ensuring that that meaningful career development experiences are not left to chance. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, she embraces these talents as an innovative change agent who thrives in a culture that celebrates human potential and embraces the freedom to take risks and fail fast.  She has leaned on these talents during the pandemic and brings vulnerability, courage and authenticity to her leadership approach at a time when we need each other more than ever to thrive at work and in life.

A recognized thought leader on career preparedness topics, Susan was a regular contributor to Bloomberg Radio and quoted frequently in media including U.S. News and World Report, Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, and New York Times. She recently served on the Board of Directors of NACE and chaired the career committee for the New England Board of Higher Education Commission on Employability. Previously, Susan was AVP of Career Services at Bentley University, and led a team that ranked the #1 Career Services and Internships in the country by the Princeton Review and was awarded the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Excellence Award.

Prior to entering higher education, Susan was a management consultant focused on human capital strategy. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and an MBA from Babson College.

Pronouns: she/hers

CDO Club Liaison:  Retail & Consumer Goods, Israel Business, Effective Altruism

Top Strengths: Strategic | Relator | Woo | Ideation | Activator | Self-Assurance | Significance | Intellection | Input | Command

All About Food: Susan is the “Sous/Sue” Chef to her husband and adult sons who are all fabulous cooks, especially BBQ. They love the energy of great bars and restaurants, especially in Portland, Maine, NC, and DC. Their happiest place to gather (besides their back porch) is NOLA and they will be back!

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Career Insights: Taking Your Next Step in Uncertain Times (for 2Y MBAs)


Market Insights – Fall 2020

Despite the chaos in the world around us, all market indications signal that employer demand for Sloanies is strong. On a macro level, according to the recent GMAC Report, despite COVID’s impact on the economy, …

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Diversity in all its forms – the multigenerational workplace

A fresh perspective on multigenerational diversity in the workplace from Eunice Lin Nichols, Campaign Director, Generation to Generation.

Thanks to my dear friend, Marci Alboher, author of One Person/Multiple Careers: The Original Guide to the Slash Career (and so many …

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