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Susan Alberti AC

Susan Alberti AC


Women in Business - Motivation - Keynote - Keynote Speakers - After Dinner - Leadership - Inspiration - Economics - Business - Inspirational


For years, Susan (Sue) Alberti has had three main dreams. Three dreams she has been instrumental in assisting. Two are now reality; to see her beloved Bulldogs win a premiership and for women to play AFL. Only one remains —to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

At 69 years of age, Susan is a lady who is never wearied. Among multiple roles, she is the Chairman of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation and the Co-founder and Managing Director of the DANSU Group.

Susan and her late husband Angelo, established the DANSU Group as an industrial and commercial builder and developer of industrial estates and business parks approximately 45 years ago. Susan’s business success allowed her to devote more time to her private passion of philanthropy.

After losing both her husband and daughter in tragic circumstances, and in a short period of time, Susan began looking to make sure that no other families had to experience the loss that she had.

Following advice from her late daughter Danielle, a type 1 diabetes sufferer, Susan established the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation with the aim of curing type 1 diabetes. In 30 years, the foundation has raised in excess of $6 million toward medical research.

Through her charity work, Susan has also been responsible for establishing multiple research wings and units, including the Susan Alberti Complications, the JDRF Danielle Alberti Memorial Centre for Diabetes Complications, and the Susan and Angelo Alberti Diabetes Discovery Wing to undertake research.

Outside of this work, Susan, a passionate Western Bulldogs supporter, joined the board of the Western Bulldogs Football Club in 2004. For 10 seasons, she has been on the board, whilst also acting as the Patron of the Club and the Founding Co-Chair of the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation. In 2012, Susan became Vice President of the Club. She held the role for 12 years, retiring on a high after the premiership win in 2016.

Susan’s passion for AFL extended to the newly formed Women’s AFL league, and her involvement helped to clear a path for women to be involved in the game. She is currently the national ambassador for the women’s league.

Susan’s work has not gone unnoticed; she has been a finalist in the Australian of the Year Award on two occasions and has received numerous other honours.

In 1997, she received her AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for her contribution towards the cause of diabetes research. On Australia Day in 2007, Susan was awarded her AO (Officer of the Order of Australia). This was in recognition of her long and outstanding contribution to major medical research institutions, particularly as a philanthropist, fundraiser and advocate for type 1 diabetes care and research. In 2016, Susan was presented a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) award.

Susan was awarded the JDRF International Volunteer of the Year 2003, this is the first time this honour has been bestowed on an individual outside of the United States in its 40 year history. She was a member of the International Board of Directors for nine years, on the International Board of Chancellors and the International Patron for JDRF.

Susan Alberti’s story is an inspiration to many. She is regularly invited to speak about her career and passion for medical research, football and making a difference.

Presentation Topics

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Making a Difference
  • Leadership
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Women in Business
  • Success
  • Women in Sport


Susan was a powerful and inspiring addition to our line up for IWD 2019, and received a standing ovation at our event from over 1,500 women. We loved having her!
Business Chicks

Wonderful speaker- extremely engaging and inspirational.
Wheelers Hill Secondary College

Susan’s talk was inspirational, everyone attending, mostly women were inspired by her reflections on her various leadership roles in particular that while working in very male dominated fields she has remained true to herself and her gender. It was also very personal and we appreciated her reflections about her husbands, daughters and her own health journeys. Those thoughts made the audience feel as if she was speaking directly to each and every one of us individually. Thank you Susan for sharing your life stories with emergency nurses and educators.
Scientific Co-Convenor, ICEN 2018

Susan was exceptional, captivated the audience and truly invested herself into our event.
Love Me Love You

Susan’s talk was inspirational, everyone attending, mostly women were inspired by her reflections on her various leadership roles in particular that while working in very male dominated fields she has remained true to herself and her gender. It was also very personal and we appreciated her reflections about her husbands, daughters and her own health journeys. Those thoughts made the audience feel as if she was speaking directly to each and every one of us individually. Thank you Susan for sharing your life stories with emergency nurses and educators.
Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society

The audience was spellbound while Susan was speaking. They involved themselves in questioning and the feedback was unanimously positive. Thank you for being so inspirational.
Casey Cardinia Principals' Network

Very professional and presented across a variety of topics. The audience obviously loved it as she received a standing ovation!
City of Monash

Susan’s warmth and belief in women in sport and her commitment to Diabetes research really resonated with the audience and guaranteed a successful gala event!

Thank you so much for all your help in hosting Susan at our “Connecting Women” lunch on May 25th – it was an incredible moment to hear her speak, and the room gave her a standing ovation. My hair is standing up on end just remembering it. All the feedback we’ve had is just overwhelmingly glowing about the impact of Susan’s words. Thank you.
Chief Executive Officer, BioMelbourne Network

l would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your presentation to the Advancing Local Leadership Forum that was held at the Victoria Police Centre on Tuesday 29 May 2018. The feedback from attendees has been outstanding; you provided a great deal of reflection and inspiration to the members in attendance. Many of them commented on the value of you story and perspective, particularly your views on life, health and the resilience that you display. The value you place on finding what makes you passionate; giving back when you can, and doing the most you can with each opportunity your are given will resonate with so many. Once again thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to assist with the development of our leaders. I am extremely grateful for the contribution you made to the forum.
Assistant Commissioner, Eastern Region, Victoria Police

Nothing has proven to be too hard for this wonderful and inspirational lady. Overcoming many challenges, Susan reminded us that with hard work and passion, you can almost achieve anything. Thank you for an amazing evening Susan, you certainly had us all in awe.
City of Melton

Insightful-focused on being resilient and also strength in leadership through vulnerability.
Australian Education Union

Susan is the epitome of strength, courage, conviction and generosity. Her passion, devotion, influence & encouragement continues to inspire everyone she meets. The entire room gave her a standing ovation, (most in tears). All guests were in awe and inspired by her invaluable contribution as a visionary leader, mother, wife and beautiful, intelligent and passionate woman. Despite what challenges and hardship life throws at you Susan motivates everyone to draw a sense of purpose from. Life is precious – Never Give Up!!
Chic Productions

Susan was very approachable, engaging and presented an inspiring and motivating presentation.
City of Melton

What an incredibly inspirational woman Susan is. I’ve never received such positive feedback from everyone in attendance. We all walked out of that room with our heads held a bit higher. Susan was amazing, down to earth and such a pleasure!
CSR Lightweight Systems

Susan was a gracious and truly inspirational speaker, who left a palpable impression on the whole room. We valued Susan’s willingness to share so candidly about her story. Truly humbling and inspiring. We could not have been happier.
Frankston City Council

Susan’s warmth and response to the guests of the evening was fantastic. Her speech was extremely well received and I have had many comments on what an inspiring female she is to the younger generation as to what you can achieve if you are willing to work.
Rotary Club Glen Waverley

Susan, or Sue as she said she preferred, was a tour de force. Sue worked the room engaging with many people in the audience prior to her presentation. When it was her turn to speak, she drew breath and then fired a compelling non-stop account of her amazing life. She captivated a sophisticated audience and contributed hugely to the success of the night, which was an AFL themed evening, but which focussed on Diversity and the contribution of Women; The Indigenous Community and The LGBTI community. Her talk reflected and enforced this theme in a way that was better than we hoped.
Latrobe University

Sue’s key note absolutely exceeded all of our expectations (and more!) – Sue was inspiring, funny, frank and passionate. Everyone in the audience took something from the conversation.

Susan was a fabulous presenter and wonderful to work with leading up to and during the event. She spoke passionately and was very well received by our audience.
Parks and Leisure Australia

Susan is a brilliant speaker and was the highlight of our conference. Everyone in the audience was touched by her story. I highly recommend Susan to anyone looking for a professional and memorable keynote speaker.
Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Ltd

Professional, engaging and inspiring.
City of Melton

Articulate and inspiring woman.
Newcrest Mining Limited

Sue was a magnificent speaker. Inspiring and humble. A rare combination. She received a standing ovation!!
Oldham Naidoo Lawyers

Very engaging and inspirational.
Ambulance Victoria

Thank you for your involvement and contribution at The 2017 Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium event in Melbourne last week. Firstly, we would like to say a heartfelt thank you for your participation. We were thrilled that you were able to join us, and hope you enjoyed your time at the event! Your presentation and insights were extremely well received by all and had a huge impact on making the event as successful as it was. The feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive with many delegates commenting that the 2 days have assisted them greatly in developing leadership capability, enabling career progression, finding resolutions to problems and building leadership resilience. Thank you once again for devoting your time to this important national program!
General Manager, Events, The 2017 Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium

Heartfelt and genuine. Lots of emotion in the room.
City West Water

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