Susan McConnell, Founder and Executive Director of Let It Be Us, brings attention to causes through media creation. Her work has raised millions for philanthropic projects and has won numerous awards. She is most proud of the congressional award for her 12 year commitment to children in foster care through the Heart Gallery of Illinois. She sits on the Statewide Foster Care Advisory Council and is also a Board Member for Barrington Family Service of Lake County.
As an adoptive mother and professional photographer, she has documented children within the foster care system who are available for adoption for over a decade. During that time she saw that these very adoptable children struggled in foster care and seldom found their forever families. It was out of this struggle that Let It Be Us was born, the first nonprofit of its kind in Illinois.
Susan’s work has been embraced by nonprofits and philanthropic projects ranging from hospice care to community activism. She chronicles the work involved in projects which is then used to build awareness and garner support for efforts that may otherwise be silent. Her documentation of a swimmer conquering the English Channel paved the way for ALS fundraising through athletic events. Her commitment to documenting the building of a community center, in a town that never had one, helped raise over $6 million.
Susan is the mother of four children, three by adoption, and is an advocate for openness in adoption. She has a BS and an MBA from Chicago’s DePaul University and is a graduate of Cornell University’s Women in Leadership Program. She may be reached at SusanMcConnell @ LetItBeUs.org.