Sue Murphy is executive director of the Wethersfield-based Liberty Bank Foundation, which she has managed since its inception in 1997. From 1997 until 2008, she also served as Liberty Bank’s communications manager. Before coming to Liberty, she was director of development communications for the University of Hartford and marketing and public affairs for Fleet Bank of Connecticut
Sue’s volunteer affiliations include the Middlesex County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, the statewide Reaching Home steering committee, the Middletown Rotary Club, Middlesex United Way, the Meriden/Wallingford Coalition on Housing, and the Greater Windham Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. She serves on the board of trustees and the Education Council of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, and on the board of directors and the affordable housing committee of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce. She currently chairs the board of directors of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.
Who is one woman that has made a difference to you and why?
My former boss and mentor, Susan Scherer, who taught me the principles of leadership:
- Share the credit; keep the blame for yourself.
- You can get your strongest opponent on your side if you can just get him/her to say “yes” to you three times.
- Everything can be improved with chocolate.
If you could sum up your life philosophy is one sentence, what would it be?
Whatever you do, give it your best. It doesn’t matter whether you’re writing the next great American novel or cleaning a toilet—if it’s worth doing at all, it’s worth your best effort. Mediocrity is for the mediocre.
Looking back on your own leadership path, what advice would you share with younger women today?
Take every opportunity to learn. Read, watch, listen, and explore everything. Understand that life is going to mess with your life plan, and go with the flow. If you’ve prepared yourself, it will take you to an even better place.
Interview by Kate Farrar, CWEALF Special Events Coordinator
By CWEALF at 19 Aug 2015, 14:46 PM
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