IN A LEAGUE OF HER OWN: Susan Ludwig
When did you join the League? 2000
Why did you join the League? Friend asked me to accompany her to a JLEFC Open House, we liked the mission and caliber of women we met and joined the Provisional Class.
What is your current job in the League? Sustainer Advisor to Fund Development
What is your favorite moment from this past year? There were two; Healthy Families Dinners – no better way to experience our mission and the JLEFC 5K Run/Walk
Where did you grow up? Weston, MA
What is something we don’t know about you? My first job at age 15 was a Photomate at Photomat. For those too young to remember, these were little single person huts located in the middle of strip mall parking lots where people would drive up to drop off film for processing. At the end of my shift, 9pm, I would walk the cash collected across the parking lot to the bank slot!
What 3 words would your closest friends or family use to describe you? Had to ask them – Loyal, Passionate and Funny
What does your day consist of? It begins and ends with taking care of my family and in between raising money for the men and women of the Coast Guard.
Who is your celebrity crush? Channing Tatum
What profession, other than yours, would you like to attempt? Lawyer
What is your favorite Junior League memory? 2004 Art Show – Friday early evening prior to Preview Party, looking back on a great day of art sales and looking forward to the 200+ people expected that evening while getting dressed in the 2nd floor bathroom!
What is your signature dish or best recipe? Asiago and Sage Scalloped Potatoes and Caesar Salad
What is your favorite restaurant and/or store in Fairfield County? Martels, Walrus and Carpenter and Vintage Garden
What traits in others are most important to you? Enthusiasm, honesty and self-deprecation
Where is someone most likely to run into you? Fitness Edge, Whole Foods, Library
What is your favorite quote? Keep smiling it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given? Everything in moderation, including moderation (my mother)
What is your drink of choice? Starbucks, water, Kettle One Martini
What song always makes you happy when you hear it? God Only Knows, Beach Boys
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My son Tucker
Describe some lessons you have learned from your League experience? Never assume anything. Don’t assume other share your motivations or clearly understand the direction you would like to go. When motivating volunteers, be sure you understand why they joined and why they stay.
Who has inspired you in your life and why? My mother, her own parents died before she was 3 so not sure where she gained her maternal instincts. She was my biggest fan and celebrated each and every success with me in style. At age 86 she was still volunteering daily, which not only supported her community but gave her a reason for being.
How do you define success and how do you measure it? I define success by effectiveness, joy and balance. How effective am I in my roles and are people benefiting from my efforts. Do I receive joy from how I am living my life and do I provide joy to those that matter. Have a struck a balance between pleasing myself, my family and those who benefit from my work.
What is something you would be happy doing every single day for the rest of your life? Puzzles, I do 4 Ken Ken, 1 bridge game and Scrabble with Friends daily.
What super power would you most like to have and why? Time travel. The ability to experience different eras.
Is it better to be perfect and late, or good and on time? Good and on time. Late is just selfish and imperfection is much more fun and doesn’t rub people the wrong way.
What would you tell a friend about JLEFC? Whether you are looking to make an impact on your community or to socialize with smart community minded women, come join us. I bet after 10 years those who joined for social reasons will have fallen madly in love with volunteering and those who joined to volunteer have made some lifelong friends.