Greensboro, NC – The Center for Creative Leadership, a top-ranked, global provider of leadership education and research, today announced Executive in Residence Susan Tardanico’s expanded role.
Tardanico, founding partner of the Authentic Leadership Alliance and former senior corporate executive, has served as CCL’s Executive in Residence since 2009. She recently took on the additional responsibilities of helping reposition the organization’s brand and develop a more robust leadership speakers bureau.
“Over the past 18 months, Susan has been an invaluable advisor to CCL on myriad issues relating to our global growth and marketing strategies. As we prepare to launch some defining new offerings, Susan’s increased involvement and expertise will help pave the way for continued success,” said CCL Vice President of Global Marketing Portia Mount.
Tardanico is a leadership and communications consultant, coach and keynote speaker who works with CEOs and executives at major corporations, in the political arena and at nonprofit organizations. She speaks to groups throughout the country about leadership, authenticity and communications. Additionally, Tardanico is an adjunct professor and capstone speaker on authentic leadership at Georgetown University’s and New York University’s graduate schools.
“The caliber of the CCL team is unparalleled,” said Tardanico, an alumnus of two CCL programs, including its Leadership at the Peak program for senior executives. “True to their name, they are transforming the way leaders are developed and supported. I’m delighted to broaden my association with this exceptional organization.”
Previously, Tardanico was vice president of communications and a corporate officer at Textron Inc., a $14 billion, Fortune 500 multinational corporation whose businesses include Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, E-Z-GO golf cars and Greenlee power tools, among others. During her 20-year tenure at Textron, she was instrumental in driving the company’s transformation from a hands-off holding company to an integrated operating company. She led the company’s first ever Customer-Brand function, orchestrated the company’s associate sponsorship of the Atlanta Olympic Games and completed an overseas assignment in London. She was also a charter member of Textron’s inaugural Diversity Advisory Council.
Before joining Textron, Tardanico ran public relations and marketing communications at EMC Corporation, a global leader in information storage and management. Prior to that, she worked at two Boston-area television stations as an assignment editor, reporter and weekend anchor.
Tardanico graduated Phi Beta Kappa and top of her class at Boston College, winning recognition as an “Ever to Excel Scholar” and delivering the commencement address. She completed post-graduate work at Harvard University, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Garvin School of International Management at Thunderbird. She was inducted into Delta Sigma Rho Tau Alpha Kappa, the honors society recognizing excellence in public speaking. Tardanico was a charter member of the Communications Executive Council and is currently a member of the Arthur W. Page Society for Chief Communications Officers, where she is helping develop next-generation leaders in the Communications field. She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and Executive Champion.