Susan Retik

CEO, Beyond the 11th
Motivation, Inspiring Women
Inspirational Stories, Women Empowerment
Susan Retik


When Susan Retik's husband was killed during the terrorist attacks on September 11th, she could have been paralyzed by loss. Instead, at seven months pregnant with their 3rd child, Susan acted on a simple impulse to counter hatred with outreach. Susan is Co-Founder and CEO of Beyond the 11th, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering Afghan widows. She has received many awards for her work including the Presidential Citizen's Medal, which was awarded by President Obama in 2010. Susan's work has been featured in numerous news outlets including Oprah, The Today Show, CNN, The NY Times, and People Magazine.