Susan McConnell, Founder and Executive Director of Let It Be Us, is an adoptive parent and a tireless advocate for children in need of safe and loving homes through foster care and adoption. She is most proud of the innovative programs that she and her team have developed to recruit foster and adoptive parents in Illinois. She is the recipient of many awards, including a congressional award, for her commitment to children in foster care through the Heart Gallery of Illinois, the state’s only digital recruitment tool. She sits on the Statewide Foster Care Advisory Council where she advises the Legislative Committee and the Healthcare Committee.
Susan is the parent to 4 children, 3 through adoption, and has 27 years of experience in open 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 has a deep background in human resources and recruiting within major law firms in Los Angeles and Chicago and she has directed her experience to the world of child welfare, which is largely overlooked by business leaders. She may be reached at SusanMcConnell@LetItBeUs.org.