Susan Lucas-Conwell, CEO of SVForum

Susan Lucas-Conwell

Susan Lucas-Conwell


Susan is an accomplished CEO, Entrepreneur, Business Development and Marketing/Communications Executive with a unique experience in growing organizations and products to meet market needs, in developing relationships and liaising cross-culturally and internationally with a diverse audience of customers, partners, corporations, governmental and non-profit organizations.

Susan graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in economic history, a Masters Degree in Economic History from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School.

She started her career at General Mills before moving to Paris, where she held senior management positions at Cartier International and Bausch & Lomb (Ray-Ban). She then moved into the technology sector, first running a French internet start-up during the bubble (Chateaux and Country), then consulting with a UK-funded firm, Virtual European Office. In 2002, she founded Clear-Day, an international business accelerator.

Susan assumed the role of CEO for the SVForum ( in 2006, Silicon Valley’s largest and oldest high-tech non-profit founded by technologists and entrepreneurs dedicated to education and creating relationships within the technology community. The organization reaches over 12,000 technology professionals annually and has long-standing relationships with multinationals such as IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Nokia as well as the City of San Jose and other actors in the entrepreneurial ecosystem (VC firms, angel investors, banks, law firms, accounting firms…).

In addition, she sits on the Advisory Boards of the FWE&E (Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives) and Astia, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Wharton Club of Paris.

Often cited in the media, Susan is a frequent speaker at business schools and professional conferences on technology and entrepreneurship in Europe and the U.S.

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