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Susan Eisenhower

Seabourn Conversations, Featured Speaker

Susan Eisenhower is the author of “How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions”, a distinguished DC policy strategist, and President and Chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc. (EGI), a Washington D.C. based consulting company. Her fifth book, “How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions,” was published in 2020 and shows us not just what a great American did, but why ― and the important lessons in leadership we can learn from him today.

A political Independent, Ms. Eisenhower is an outspoken advocate for setting national priorities and advancing a civil, fact-based discourse on America's challenges. The quintessential scene-setter, she authoritatively puts national and international public policy — past, present, and future — into context for a country in need of solutions and a clear direction.

Ms. Eisenhower has also done extensive work in executive training on strategic leadership. She has spoken on this subject in many corporate venues, as well as at such distinguished institutions as the United States Military Academy at West Point; the Foreign Policy Association in New York; the Army War College, Carlisle; Sandia National Laboratory, MIT, and Australia’s Science and Technology Organization, which is part of the Australian Ministry of Defence. Eisenhower holds a year-long seminar on strategy for competitively selected students at the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College.

She is Chairman Emeritus at the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College, was a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Nixon Center, now called the Center for National Interest. Over the years, she has served as a member of three blue ribbon commissions for the Department of Energy for three different secretaries: The Baker-Cutler Commission on U.S. Funded Non-Proliferation Programs in Russia; The Sununu-Meserve Commission on Nuclear Energy; and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, which released its findings on a comprehensive program for the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle in the winter of 2012. She was also appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Standing Committee on International Security and Arms Control, where she served eight years. After as many years on the NASA Advisory Council, she served as a commissioner on the International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force. She is currently a member of MIT’s Energy Initiative Advisory Board and former co-chairman of NEAC, the Secretary of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Board.

Eisenhower has authored hundreds of op-eds for newspapers such as the Washington Post and the LA Times, appeared frequently on national television and radio, and her articles have appeared in such journals as the National Academy of Sciences’ Issues in Science and Technology and the Naval Institute’s Proceedings. She has written four trade press books, two of which were on regional bestseller lists, and she co-authored or co-edited four other books on international security issues.