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Lifelong Learner & Adult Dependent Coordinator

Suzanne Schultz

Suzanne Schultz is a Semester at Sea alumna of the Spring 2011 and Summer 2014 voyages where she sailed with her wife, Marti Fessenden and their daughter, Sydney, as an adult dependent.  She learned early that dependent care givers can get a bit lost in the shuffle of students, faculty, staff and crew if they didn’t take advantage of small opportunities to creatively engage with the thriving shipboard community.  She sought occasions to lead and contribute to learning by acting as a guest lecturer in an international business class, sat on panels to discuss LGBTQ families, led the weekly Jewish Shabbat service and Passover seder, ran daily fitness ‘boot camps’, and served as captain of the ‘Staculty’ team for the 2011 ‘Sea Olympics.’

When not sailing around the world with Semester at Sea, Suzanne has had a successful career as  a management consultant for firms including Accenture, North Highland and currently, Daugherty Business Solutions in Atlanta, Ga.  She is an established leader known for ability to quickly develop long-standing relationships at all levels within an organization, and as a trusted business partner known for strong values of integrity and diversity.

On a personal level, Suzanne values time with Marti and Sydney whether it is binge watching shows while cuddling with their 4-legged family members, playing games with extended family/neighbors/friends or traveling to destinations where SAS hasn’t already taken them.  She is also an avid runner and ran her first marathon in Gdansk, Poland while on the Summer 2014 voyage.  Her favorite memory from that voyage was when then 10-year-old Sydney jumped in to hold her hand as she crossed the finish in front of a wildly cheering crowd made up her SAS family.