I belonged to the Women's Alliance which was a feminist group that I wanted to see what that was like. So we would end up talking about what we were studying a lot and that always—I learned about myself. That was always beneficial for me because I learned about myself. Even in my current jobs I still see this. It’s sort of the abstract ideas that give me energy again. Like what I do in my job to a great extent is supervise a whole bunch of volunteers and supervise employees and write grants and do budgets and write fundraising letters and all these things. But when I want to sort of get energized again about doing it, and I love doing all that stuff, and I'm not really a scholar, but if I go and I read in the field, like if I go and do some research to present a talk, if I do some historical research, or when I was working running an art center, I would go to the college art association and just hear art history [laughs]. That gave me a bunch of energy and so for me that was a big part of the mentoring groups there.
Susan Navarre was born in Wyandotte, Michigan in 1959 and recently moved to Worcester County in 2013. She grew up in a small town where she was able to walk to school and enjoyed playing with her neighborhood friends. She stood out academically as she was a bright student and spoke out in class when women were not expected to do so. She is very career driven and has lived all over the country as well as traveling to Europe several times.