Sue Lawler, PhD, CPA, MBA

Sue Lawler, PhD, CPA, MBA

Role: Administrator
Joined Rush in 2009


Sue is the Leadership Academy Director at Rush University, which provides leadership training and development for administrators and clinicians. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Health Systems Management Graduate Program at Rush where she has taught multiple courses and serves as a student mentor. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Professional Development at The American College of Healthcare Executives. Sue holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois, an MBA from Northwestern University, and a PhD in Organizational Development from Benedictine University. Lawler has coached students and clients on leadership and career transitions. Her research explored how coaches help their clients achieve sustained change. Chicago board service included the Kellogg Alumni Club, Career Transitions Center and the Union League Club.

What inspired you to get into your field?

Family members were in healthcare.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

Leadership Development is needed so much in this industry.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

Sponsorship is essential especially for women.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Be flexible and work hard and learn to balance.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

World traveler. Been to all 7 continents and about 70 countries.