Susan A. Marshall is an author, speaker, and founder of Backbone Institute, LLC, whose mission is to create a stronger, more confident future one person or team at a time. She has been assisting leaders in public and private sector industry, non-profit agencies, and public education for nearly 30 years. Her work is dedicated to building strong leaders who in turn create successful organizations, transform school systems, and develop leaders at all levels. Marshall’s first book, How to Grow a Backbone: 10 Strategies for Gaining Power and Influence at Work, has been translated into multiple languages and is especially popular in Asia. Her second book, Life. Be in it. was released in December 2012.