Susan Crown

Susan M. Crown is a philanthropist and business executive. She is Chairman and Founder of the Susan Crown Exchange (SCE) and Chairman and CEO of Owl Creek Partners.

Early life and education

The daughter of billionaire Lester Crown and Renée Schine, Susan Crown has a bachelor's degree from Yale University in Connecticut and a master's degree from New York University.[1] She also attended Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.


For nearly three decades, Susan Crown dedicated time and talent to social causes and the business world. As Partner of Henry Crown & Co, she helped manage businesses as diverse as oil and gas, defense, banking, cellular technology, and real estate. As Chairman of the Crown Family Philanthropies, she was involved in initiatives including the celebrated Crown Fountain in Millennium Park and the Covenant Awards for leaders in Jewish education.

The first woman board member of Illinois Tool Works[2] (ITW) – a multi-faceted manufacturing and engineering business with a market cap in excess of $30B – Ms. Crown now chairs its Executive Committee. She’s also a board member of The Northern Trust Corporation[3] and a former board member of Baxter International.

Ms. Crown serves as Vice-Chair of Rush University Medical Center.[4] She led a $1 billion effort to transform the medical center campus, including the development of Chicago’s first gold level LEED-certified hospital which in 2014 won the World Architecture Prize for best designed health care facility. She’s a former Fellow of Yale Corporation and co-chaired the Yale Tomorrow Campaign. She’s a director of CARE USA and, in 2011, co-chaired its National Conference on Global Poverty, which led to legislative reforms.

Susan Crown Exchange

SCE partners with organizations to create social change. SCE’s mission is to help people acquire skills needed to succeed and thrive in a rapidly changing, highly connected world. SCE is focused on two program areas: digital learning and social and emotional learning, building grit, empathy, and emotion management. The Exchange intends to add programs to cultivate other 21st century skills.[5]

SCE promotes social and emotional skills. In 2016, SCE published “Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices in Social and Emotional Learning", the first field guide for organizations aspiring to foster social and emotional growth in young people. The content was collected from experts of exemplary programs across the nation.

In the digital learning arena, SCE partnered with Common Sense Media to develop a learning ratings system. SCE and Common Sense Media have rated more than 3,500 digital learning products. The system informs parents, educators, and others about the educational value of a specific digital product and what style learner might benefit most from its use.

Owl Creek Partners

Owl Creek Partners is a private equity company with focused investments in real estate, securities, and consumer products. Most investments are with firms owned or managed by women.

Honors and awards

She has received several awards for her community work, including the Deborah Award from the American Jewish Congress, the William McCormick Blair Distinguished Service Award from the Yale Club of Chicago, and the Civic Leadership Award from the American Jewish Committee.[6]

Personal life

Crown and her husband William Charles Kunkler III live in Chicago, Illinois.[7] They have two children.

External links


  1. "Susan M. Crown - Google Profile". Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  2. "ITW Investor Relations". ITW. Retrieved 2010-10-12.
  3. "Board of Directors". Northern Trust. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  4. "Leadership, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL". Retrieved 2010-10-12.
  5. "A Philanthropist Drills Down to Discover Why Programs Work". 2016-02-05. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  6. "Senior Mentors". The Aspen Institute. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  7. "Susan M. Crown - Google Profile". Retrieved 2009-12-23.
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