Like good wine, some things get better with age. Susan Alberti is a perfect example of this and may well be crowned the Queen of Women’s Football. Having been the driving force behind the establishment of the Women’s AFL, Susan is a woman to be reckoned with. Just shy of her 70th birthday she has almost single handedly made history happen.
When she joined the Western Bulldogs’ (AFL) board in 2004, it was her task to fix the rundown home ground at Whitten Oval. “The job they gave me was to find $32 million,” she says. “They only give tough jobs to women”. With a complete redevelopment of the facility and a freshly minted 2016 Premiership, it's fair to say Susan kicked that goal too.
Her passion, is now the newly minted AFL Women’s League. She is a director of the league’s advisory group and AFLW Premiership Cup Ambassador. She’s also one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists. “What good is having all that money in a cemetery?” she once said.
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Incredibly, Susan, 69, is also the co-founder and Managing Director of the DANSU Group based in Wheelers Hill in Melbourne’s East. Her late husband Angelo, established the company as a builder and developer of industrial estates and business parks, over forty years ago.
Not one to stay idle, Alberti has supplemented her successful business career with a major contribution and commitment to fundraising for and promotion of Juvenile Diabetes research. When her only child, Danielle, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the 1980s Susan developed a passion for medical research. In 1994, she founded the Melbourne and Sydney annual "Walk for the Cure" which to date has raised more than $30 million towards the search for a cure for diabetes. Susan has held board positions both for JDRF and the Western Bulldogs AFL Club.
Firm about her own beliefs and values, Susan created her own Medical Research Foundation after finding the JDRF organisation was no longer the right fit for her. Susan is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career. She truly is a woman to admire and someone that we could all learn from.
Little Minx Milestones is proud to celebrate 'Women Who Support Women'. To hear more about our celebration of Queens in the lead up to International Women's Day on 8 March: