Non-profit community leader Susan Angel Miller shares a touching, traumatic story of personal loss and and the power of post-traumatic growth.

About the speaker

Over the past 20 years Susan Angel Miller has worked to strengthen community and create positive change through her volunteer work with Milwaukee’s non-profit agencies. She has served in senior leadership board positions with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Community Foundation, National Council of Jewish Women, and the HIPPY (Home Instruction Program for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) at COA Youth and Family Services. She has helped raise funds, mentor volunteer leaders, and plan for these organizations’ future needs.

Planning for this future though, especially on a personal level, can often be difficult, as she tragically learned when her teenage daughter Laura died suddenly from a rare brain tumor. That wasn’t all. Three years later she experienced her own unexpected and eerily similar health crisis.

Through these traumatic events, Susan and her husband surprisingly discovered increased gratitude, insight, and self-confidence in the face of “the worst thing that could happen to a parent.” She currently is writing a book about her family’s experience with post-traumatic growth and the importance of community support, emotional and physical health, and optimism when facing life’s inevitable challenges. Change is constant, and it’s not “if” but “when” bad stuff will happen. Our choice is how we respond.

Susan grew up in Evanston, Illinois and graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a BA in political science. While employed as a marketing consultant to community banks, she earned her MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. Susan is married to Ron Miller, and they are the proud parents of teenage daughters Sara and Rachel, and their forever “older” sister Laura.

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