Susan Woo

Susan Woo '10, '15, Distinguished Alumna

President, Jade Lake Inc.

Susan WooSusan Woo, the President of Jade Lake Incorporated, a woman’s swimwear manufacturing company, is an immigrant success story. Ms. Woo emigrated with her parents from Vietnam in 1984. Upon arriving in America, the family settled in Monterey Park, California.

Susan enrolled in Mark Keppel High school. This was a daunting challenge considering Susan left Vietnam without the advantage of speaking the English language. Unable to continue her high school education due to the language barrier, Susan decided to leave school and secured a bookkeeping position at a commodity trading firm.

Ms. Woo took two years’ time from work to start a family. Then she resumed her professional career when she accepted an office manager position with a company in the garment industry.

Susan used this job opportunity to educate herself about the fundamentals of the garment business. Subsequently, Susan recognized an opportunity to launch her own business. In 1993, she took a bold step and formed a garment manufacturing company. Susan managed the daily business of the organization, acting as financial manager, sales representative and office manager, among her tasks. Her partner supervised the manufacturing side of the business.

Through perseverance, tenacity and hard work, Susan was able to grow her client base and increase sales. The company has grown from 40 employees in 1993 over 200 employees today. Jade Lake manufactures goods for leading department stores and retailers, such as Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Victoria’s Secret. Not content to be a successful business owner, Susan set out to earn her Associates of Arts degree in 2005. She then transferred to Cal State L.A. where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an option in finance in 2010. Currently, Susan is working on a Master of Science degree in Health Care Management, which she will complete in spring 2015.

Susan enjoys giving back to the community she lives in. She is a member of the College Business and Economics Advisory board and is actively involved in charitable fundraising. She is also a board member of the Arcadia Methodist Hospital Charitable Foundation. She is politically active, supporting candidates for public office in the West San Gabriel Valley area and successfully managing the campaigns of several politicians.