Loyola University Chicago

Summer Scholars

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Susan Smith Kuczmarski

Title/s: Instructor



Dr. Susan Smith Kuczmarski is an entrepreneur and co-founder (in 1983) of Kuczmarski & Associates, a nationally recognized innovation consulting firm. Her specialties include: How Culture and Values Impact Innovation, Building Innovation Leadership, and Values-Based Leadership. She currently teaches “Creating and Leading A Culture of Innovation" in the Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In addition, she has taught at seven universities and worked in three nonprofits, including the United Nations. In 2001, Kuczmarski & Associates co-founded (with the Chicago Sun-Times) the annual Chicago Innovation Awards. She currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago City Day School.

She is the author of four award-winning books, including the pioneering, Values-Based Leadership, which launched the values in the workplace movement, and the innovative,Apples Are Square: Thinking Differently About Leadership, which was selected by Fast Company Magazine as a “2007 Best Business Book.” In 2012, global leader, Deepak Chopra, wrote the Foreword to the Second Edition of Apples Are Square. The book champions six innovative leadership qualities: humility, transparency, compassion, inclusiveness, collaboration, and values-based decisiveness. She is also the author of The Sacred Flight of the Teenager, which received the prestigious “Seal of Approval” Award from the National Parenting Center and a Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Magazine.

Kuczmarski holds a Doctorate of Education and two master’s degrees from Columbia University in New York City, where she was named an International Fellow. She has been listed in the Who’s Who in the World for 12 years, has appeared on the Today Show,and speaks on the topic of leadership around the world.  Her research, writing, books, speeches, seminars, teaching, and pragmatic consulting have made her one of the top experts in the field of leadership