USA Swimming's Susan Woessner Named 2014 Rising Star
On Thursday, USA Swimming Director of Safe Sport Susan Woessner was recognized as a 2014 Rising Star by The Colorado Springs Business Journal. The award honors the top young professionals under the age of 40 in the Colorado Springs area.
A total of 27 young professionals were recognized at the Rising Stars reception for their professional accomplishments and their work within the community.
Woessner is truly a great example of an individual who succeeds in the work place while also giving back to her community.
“We’re thrilled to see Susan recognized for her outstanding work at USA Swimming and within the community here in Colorado Springs," said USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus. "She’s truly a star at USA Swimming and we’re lucky to have her on our team. The strength and success of our Safe Sport program is a direct result of Susan’s hard work and dedication to the sport of swimming.”
In her role as Director of Safe Sport, Woessner oversees all aspects of USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program. The program, which has been led by Woessner since its inception in 2010, includes athlete protection policies, guidelines, educational programs, reporting and adjudication services which are a resource to the 400,000 plus members of USA Swimming. Woessner’s dedication to fostering a safe, healthy and positive environment for USA Swimming is unparalleled. As a former competitive swimmer and member of the U.S. National Team, she knows firsthand the positive impact the sport of swimming can have in someone’s life.
Woessner counts empowering young people among one of her passions. She is a confidential victim advocate for TESSA of Colorado Springs and is a member of the Board of Directors. She previously volunteered with CASA of the Pikes Peak Region as a court appointed special advocate. Woessner was a member of the Leadership NOW! Program through Leadership Pikes Peak.
Woessner has worked with USA Swimming since 2004, in both the Business Operations and National Team divisions. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas and has experience working in the field with Girls, Inc., the Girls’ Empowerment Network of Austin and Southwest Key Programs.
From 1998-2002, Susan swam competitively for Indiana University. There she was awarded the Indiana University Scholastic Achievement Award, the IU Anita Aldrich Leadership Award and the IU Athletic Department Aline A. Robinson Mental Attitude Award.
USA Swimming is lucky to have someone like Woessner on their team. We congratulate her for her continuing hard work and dedication to her growth as a professional and a leader in the Colorado Springs community.
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