Susan Loconto Penta
Susan is an engineer, entrepreneur, educator and consultant with a passion for products, technology and teams that has underscored her 30-year career. In her capacity as Cofounder and Managing Partner at MIDIOR, Susan oversees the delivery of consulting services and MIDIOR’s operations. For her clients, Susan is uniquely able to cross organizational and cultural boundaries to create a common product and technology perspective, inspire innovative thinking, optimize organization output and improve financial performance. For the past 17 years, Susan has also served as an Executive Professor on the adjunct faculty at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business as well as in Northeastern’s Corporate Education programs where she teaches graduate courses in entrepreneurship and innovation. Susan is a frequent speaker on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship and product organizations.
Susan is an active supporter of non-profit organizations in the Boston area with a particular focus at the intersection of education, entrepreneurship and disadvantaged populations. Susan currently serves as a Director and immediate past Chairman of the Board for the Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE), as Trustee, Finance Chair and past Chairman of the Board for Schools for Children, and as a Program Committee member for The Possible Project. Susan is a founding board member for WPI’s Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and she remains an active member of the Management Executive Council and the Technology Advisors Network at WPI’s School of Business. In the past, Susan served as Treasurer, Chair of Finance and Trustee for Belmont Day School, as Director on the International Board of Directors for the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), as President of the New England Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) and as a Trustee for the Healthworks Foundation. Susan has received multiple awards including, in 2017, the Center for Women & Enterprise Advocate of the Year award and in 2016, the prestigious Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Entrepreneurship from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Past awards include in 2004, being named to the Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” and in 2001, receiving the Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement from WPI.
Prior to founding MIDIOR, Susan held founding, executive, product management and engineering roles at companies including MODA Systems, IDEAssociates, Alcatel and Sprague Electric Company. Susan holds a BSEE degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and an MBA from The CASS Business School in London, England. When not supporting a MIDIOR client or one of her favorite non-profits, Susan can be found on the college soccer sidelines or in her kitchen, testing and optimizing recipes.