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Suzy Welch
Suzanne R. Spring

1959 (age 64–65)
Other namesSuzy Wetlaufer[1]
Suzanne R. Wetlaufer
Occupation(s)Co-Founder, Jack Welch Management Institute, Business Advisor, Television Commentator
Known forJack Welch affair[1][2] author
Spouse(s)Eric Wetlaufer (1984–?)
Jack Welch (2004–2020; his death)

Suzy Welch (born 1959) is an American author, television commentator, business advisor, and public speaker. She is also the co-author (with her late husband Jack Welch) of the business books Winning,[3][4][5] published in 2005, and The Real Life MBA,[6] published in 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

In 1959, Welch was born as Suzanne Spring in Portland, Oregon. Welch's parents are Phyllis and Bernard Spring.[7][8] She was primarily raised in New York and New England. Her father is an architect and architectural school administrator. Welch attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard and Radcliffe College, and Harvard Business School, from which she graduated as a Baker Scholar, in the top five percent of her class.


Welch started her career as a reporter with the Miami Herald and then with the Associated Press. After business school, she worked for several years at Bain & Company, a management consulting firm based in Boston. She was later named editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business Review. She has written a novel, and authored and edited numerous books and articles dealing with leadership, organizational change, and human resource management.

In early 2002, Welch was forced to resign from the Harvard Business Review after admitting to an affair with the then-married Jack Welch, the former chief executive officer of General Electric, while preparing an interview with him for the magazine.[9] The affair was brought to the attention of the Review by Jane Welch, Welch's wife at the time.[10] Jack Welch and Jane Welch divorced and he then married Suzy. Suzy had the interview pulled before it appeared in the Business Review.[11]

Together with her husband, Jack Welch, Suzy has co-authored several books including, Winning, its companion volume, Winning: The Answers, and The Real Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team and Growing Your Career. Jack and Suzy also wrote "The Welch Way", a weekly column on business and career challenges that appeared in BusinessWeek magazine from 2005 to 2009 and was published in 45 newspapers across the world by The New York Times Syndicate. Together, they also founded Jack Welch Management Institute, an online MBA program. Suzy Welch sold her interest in the school after her husband passed away, and while she often praises the highly-ranked school, she is no longer formally associated with it.

She has written about work–life balance and other cultural issues for publications including O, The Oprah Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, she has been a commentator on television programs including Good Morning America, The View, Morning Joe, Your World With Neil Cavuto, and Power Lunch. Her career expertise and perceptive commentary have made her a regular contributor on The TODAY Show[12][13][14] and Bulls & Bears.[15][16]

In 2023, Suzy was appointed to the faculty of the NYU Stern School of Business, where she teaches “Becoming You: How to Craft the Authentic Life You Want and Need[17].”

Personal life[edit]

Welch is formerly known as Suzy Wetlaufer.[18][19] Welch is the mother of four adult children (from her previous marriage). She married Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, in 2004, after meeting him in October 2001.[1] They remained married until his death[20] in 2020.


  1. ^ a b c "Suzy Wetlaufer, Jack Welch". The New York Times. 25 April 2004. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  2. ^ "GE's Jack Welch Meets Match in Divorce Court". The Wall Street Journal. 2002-11-27. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  3. ^ "Jack, Suzy Welch Share Straight-Talk Rules for Business Success" (Press release). Office of News & Media Relations, UMass Amherst. 2015-04-22. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  4. ^ "John F. Welch, Jr". GE.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  5. ^ "May 18—Jack Welch, former CEO, General Electric". Live Talks Business Forums. 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  6. ^ "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous Books - Best Sellers - Books - May 10, 2015 - the New York Times". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "If You Knew Suzy". Nymag.com. 2002-05-06. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  8. ^ "Suzy Welch". IMDb. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  9. ^ DePaulo, Lisa (May 6, 2002). "If You Knew Suzy..." New York. Primedia. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  10. ^ Sheelah Kolhatkar (2004-04-19). "Suzy Wetlaufer Preparing To Be P 'Neutron Jackie'". Observer. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  11. ^ Katherine M. Gray. "Suzy Welch". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved April 12, 2007.
  12. ^ Alexandra Zaslow (2015-09-15). "Suzy Welch shares 5 tips to kick-start your career". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  13. ^ "Rejoining the workforce? 3 tips to help ensure your success". TODAY.com. 2015-08-13. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  14. ^ "Do you know what your adult kids to for a living?". TODAY.com. 2015-10-23. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  15. ^ "The Cost of Freedom". Fox News. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  16. ^ "Will new attacks on capitalism derail jobs recovery? | On Air Videos | Fox News". Video.foxnews.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  17. ^ "School News | Professor Suzy Welch's MBA course, "Becoming You: Crafting the Authentic Career You Want and Need," is spotlighted in a dedicated feature; Dean Raghu Sundaram is quoted: "At NYU Stern, a New Highly Introspective Course for MBAs Has a Famous Teacher" - NYU Stern". www.stern.nyu.edu. Retrieved 2023-07-29.
  18. ^ Ozment, Katherine. "Crazy in Love". Boston Magazine. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  19. ^ "Archives - Philly.com". Articles.philly.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  20. ^ "Jack Welch, former General Electric CEO who built company into a powerhouse, has died". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2023-07-29.

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