Susan Fleming

Susan Fleming

Senior Lecturer

Faculty Director of the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Faculty Areas

Interdisciplinary Theme

  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Technology

Faculty Expertise

  • Management & Organizations
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Gender bias and women in leadership


School of Hotel Administration
Cornell Directory Entry


Susan S. Fleming, PhD, is a senior lecturer at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. She is an educator, researcher, businesswoman, and mother with deep experience and expertise in the areas of finance, insurance, business strategy, organizational behavior, and issues of gender diversity. Fleming began her career on Wall Street, where over a period of twelve years she held various positions in the investment community, including that of analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co.; vice president of Insurance Partners, L.P., a $540 million private equity fund; and partner at Capital Z Financial Services Partners, a $1.85B private equity fund.

After retiring from Wall Street in 2003, Fleming began work as an educator, teaching executives, investment professionals, MBAs, and undergraduates in the areas of corporate finance, insurance, valuation, and gender bias. She also enrolled at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management to pursue a PhD in management, where her research focused on better understanding the factors contributing to a dearth of women in leadership positions in U.S. society.

In addition to her work as an educator, researcher, and business consultant, Fleming helped to found a startup company in Ithaca, NY; has served on the board of directors of five publicly traded insurance and reinsurance companies, two private companies, and three non-profit organizations; and currently serves on the board of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc., a publicly traded asset management firm. She is a frequent speaker on issues of gender bias and entrepreneurship, having spoken to organizations such as Facebook, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, The Hartford Financial Services Company, the Association of Professional Insurance Women, Selective Insurance, The Conference Executive Board, Transatlantic Reinsurance, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, the Fingerlakes Women's Bar Association, and The Venetian/Palazzo/Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

Fleming has been published in the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and Cornell Hospitality Reports. She holds a BA in economics and Asian studies (highest distinction) from the University of Virginia, and an MS and PhD in management from Cornell University.

Selected Publications

  • Fleming, Susan; Alyssa, Goldman; Shelley, Correll; Catherine, Taylor. "Settling In: A qualitative study of factors contributing to new faculty network development" Journal of Higher Education. 87.4 (2016): 544-572
  • Walsh, Kate; Fleming, Susan; Enz, Cathy. "Give and You Shall Receive: Investing in the Careers of Women Professionals" Career Development International. 21.2 (2016): 193-211
  • Fleming, Susan. "Déjà vu? An updated analysis of the gender wage gap in the U.S. hospitality sector" Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. 56.2 (2015): 180-190
  • Walsh, Kate; Fleming, Susan; Enz, Cathy. "Female Executives in Hospitality: Reflections on Career Journeys and Reaching the Top" Cornell Hospitality Report. 14.4 (2014): 6-17
  • Walsh, Kate; Fleming, Susan; Enz, Cathy. "Developing High-Level Leaders in Hospitality: Advice for Retaining Female Talent" Cornell Hospitality Report. 14.5 (2014): 6-17
  • Fleming, Susan; Thomas-Hunt, Melissa; Sauer, Stephen. "The evolving manager stereotype: The effects of industry gender-typing on performance expectations for leaders and their teams" Psychology of Women Quarterly. (2009)
  • Fleming, Susan; Thomas-Hunt, Melissa. ""Street Cred" and the executive woman: The effects of gender differences in social networks on career advancement" Social Psychology of Gender, Ed. S. Correll. JAI Press. 24.1 (2007): 123-147
  • Fleming, Susan; Legge, Matthew. "Convene: Getting Ready for Growth". Ivey Publishing. (2016): 12
  • Fleming, Susan; Goldman, Alyssa. "Driving Innovation at PAR Springer-Miller (A) and (B)". Ivey Publishing, Richard Ivey School of Business Foundation.. (2014)
  • Gethin-Jones, Meredith; Fleming, Susan; Thomas-Hunt, Melissa. "Marissa Mayer at Google". Darden Business Publishing. (2012)

Awards and Honors

  • Ted Teng '79 Dean's Teaching Excellence Award (2016) Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration

Recent Courses

  • HADM 4965/HADM 6965 - Business Plan Competition
  • HADM 4211/HADM 6211 - Entrepreneurial Finance
  • HADM 4130/HADM 6130 - Entrepreneurial Management
  • HADM 4155/HADM 6155 - Women in Leadership

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, 2010
  • MS Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, 2008
  • BA University of Virginia, 1992

In the news

May 06, 2018
What you can do to reduce gender bias... and why you should

May 01, 2018
Women's Advancement in the Hospitality Industry

February 21, 2007
Risky Business