Susan Fleming

Adjunct Professor of Law, Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship
Contact Information
School of Hotel Administration


Professional Biography

Susan S. Fleming, 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.

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.


B.A., University of Virginia, 1992
M.S., Cornell University, 2008
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2010