Sue Stephenson serves as Executive Committee Vice Chair of IMPACT 2030, a private sector led collaboration with the United Nations and other global stakeholders. The initiative, which launched at the United Nations in 2015, is focused on mobilizing employee volunteers to directly and substantially contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Sue recently retired from The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, where she led the company’s corporate citizenship program, Community Footprints®, from 2006. Reporting to the President & Chief Operations Officer, she was charged with expanding and integrating Community Footprints into the company’s business strategy, operations and success metrics, through a series of multi-faceted initiatives focused on child well-being, hunger and poverty relief, and environmental responsibility. Sue spearheaded the development of Succeed Through Service®, the award-winning skills-based volunteering and group mentoring program that has impacted over 20,000 students in under-served communities around the world; developed the “Serve With Purpose” skills-based volunteering branding for the company’s 40,000 employees; launched Impact Experiences, providing a global platform for hotel group guests to incorporate social impact projects into their activities; and, since 2013, has been active in the development of IMPACT 2030, bringing The Ritz-Carlton on as the initiative’s first Founding Partner.
Sue joined The Ritz-Carlton in 1991, and from 2001 to 2006 held the position of Senior Vice President, Human Resources, providing leadership and strategic direction to the company’s human resources organization during a period of global expansion.
Originally from England, Sue resides in Atlanta with her husband Bob, a retired physician, and is passionate about her family, skills-based volunteering, social innovation, and travel.