Fairygodboss of the Week: Suzanna S. Keith

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April 13, 2024 at 12:11AM UTC
As Founder and CEO of Hello Career Guru — and the only All Raise Founder for the company — Suzanna S. Keith has perfectly integrated her extensive experience in marketing and sales with her passion for innovation and helping others. Hello Career Guru, the first ever artificial intelligence (AI) powered virtual career trainer to help women advance professionally, has a mission to democratize career advancement for all women, regardless of age, race, income or geography. And there's no one better to helm the project. 

Keith has deep brand-building experience at Fortune 500 companies, Y Combinator startups and not-for-profits. She's even served in local government, and is currently the Deputy Mayor of her town. She is the true picture of someone who sets a goal and achieves it — no matter how new. Recently, she spoke to Fairygodboss about her best advice for women who want to do the same.
What's an accomplishment that you are proud of?

Starting Hello Career Guru, raising three children, having an exciting career in product and tech innovation, serving as Deputy Mayor of my town and starting a not-for profit, Twig Inc. ,that helped those in need get the healthcare they deserved

What's a challenge that you've faced and overcome?

Bedrest with our daughter and being a 40+ founder trying to find investors — it's like finding a needle in the haystack.

What's the No. 1 career tip that you'd like to share with other women?

Always listen carefully, analyze thoroughly and act decisively!

Why do you love where you work?

The people. You always have to be sure to surround yourself with brilliant and talented team members who have different skill sets than your own.

Who is your Fairygodboss? Why?

Liz Elting, Founder of Transperfect and now the Liz Elting Foundation. She has been a friend for over 20 years and has been there with me on my career journey and the inception of Hello Career Guru Inc.

What do you do when you're not working?

Play golf and tennis with the family. I also love music, art, dancing and any sort of tech innovation.

If you could have dinner with one famous person — dead or alive — who would it be?

RBG.

What's your karaoke song?

"Summer Loving" from "Grease!"

What's your favorite movie?

"Spy" with Melissa McCarthy.

What book would you bring with you on a deserted island?

The worst case scenario survival handbook — don't we all need to know how to wrestle a gator or land a plane?

What's your go-to self care activity?

A lavender bubble bath!

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