Footprint Feb 18, 2021 12:00:00 PM 4 min read

Social Impact Heroes: Why & How Susan Koehler of Footprint Is Helping To Change Our World

Originally published on Medium

February 17, 2021 – Susan is inspired to change the world through innovative thinking and technology. Her past executive positions include global corporations such as Microsoft, where she spent a decade, and successful startups like She loves creating environments that foster learning opportunities for herself and others and has an award-winning track record of building trusted relationships with industry leaders in business, government, and community.

Now based in Arizona, Susan serves as a Microsoft Alumni Ambassador. In the past, she has taken on roles with the Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard University, Taking IT Global and iSAFE.

Read the full interview on Medium

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