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Susan lacz
Principal and Chief executive officer

Susan purchased Ridgewells in 1997 with her business partners and has been instrumental in the continuous growth, expansion and maintenance of the company’s corporate, social and major events portfolio. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Junior Achievement, Marymount University, and Washington DC Economic Partnership. Susan chaired Marymount’s 2019 Capital Campaign, successfully closing it at $40 million. She is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), The Economic Club of Washington DC, and Leading Caterers of America.

Susan was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Greater Washington Award, received the Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business award and named to their Power 100 List. In May 2019, Susan was the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremonies for her alma mater, Marymount University, following which she was awarded her Doctor of Humane Letters.

Ridgewells has received numerous industry awards, locally and nationally under her leadership to include Bethesda Magazine’s Best Caterer, Special Events Magazine Spotlight Awards and the International Special Events Society Esprit Award for Best Event with a Legacy.