Susan Aplin


Susan Aplin is one of two World Trade Center Institute Co-CEOs. Susan’s career has spanned retail/eCommerce, product development & design, supply chain, sustainability, entrepreneurship in public and private sectors. She has broad responsibility in running the institute, which spans over 5,000+ global leaders and members, including many iconic brands. She is also Co-Chair of the World Trade Center Ambassadors.

A purpose-led and impact CEO, Susan has held executive roles in large global brands and key management roles taking start-ups to exit. She founded a leading sustainable home goods brand that incorporated climate science, style, and breakthrough innovation and created the first climate index for home decor and furniture products.

Susan is an outspoken corporate leader and advocates for sustainability and the environment, diversity, equity and inclusion, and the advancement of women’s and human rights.  She has been an inspirational leader throughout her career and believes leaders possess unique opportunities to leverage their professional platform for growth and good.

Appointed by Secretary Jack Lew, she served on the United States Department of Treasury CEO Roundtable Commission during the Obama administration.

Susan is a frequent speaker on leadership, entrepreneurship, sustainability and conservation, global strategy, impact management, and living your purpose. She has shared her expertise with top media outlets and serves as a leading voice on sustainability and entrepreneurship. Susan has been a keynote speaker and speaker at top women’s leadership conferences and at premiere sustainability, climate, and industry conferences.

Susan currently serves on the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service President’s Council and remains active in top environmental and conservation organizations.