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#142: Susan Alberti AC, The Footy Lady

By Jordan Michaelides

Susan Alberti AC   is the former Managing Director of DANSU Group, Chairman of the Susan Alberti Research Foundation, former Vice President of the Western Bulldogs, former National President of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) – amongst an array of titles. 

The Football Lady has certainly had a long and storied life, rolling with the punches as they launched directly at her. 

Sue has three primary goals in life; create a Women’s Football League, have her beloved Bulldogs win a premiership, and find a cure for Diabetes. So far, she has two out of three – and I wouldn’t be betting against her on the third.

In this episode we covered:

  • Football club success
  • Her father & civic mindedness
  • Early years of DANSU Group
  • Building stoicism and fairness
  • Type 1 Diabetes and her daughter 
  • AFLW and “The Footy Lady”
  • How she wants to be remembered

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00:47 – Introduction
02:55 – Bulldogs season
04:23 – Football club success
07:04 – Proudest football moment
10:47 – Siena College, early studies
15:38 – Her father & civic mindedness
20:52 – Meeting Angelo & early life together
27:23 – What she learnt from Angelo
30:00 – Early years of DANSU Group
37:55 – Angelo’s accident & tenacity
42:48 – Bringing Angelo’s killer to justice
46:40 – Building stoicism & fairness
47:00 – Type 1 Diabetes & her daughter 
51:02 – Research and founding JDRF
01:05:55 – AFLW and “The Footy Lady”
01:16:45 – Being remembered
01:19:20 – Daily routine
01:20:33 – What’s in the fridge
01:22:15 – Best purchase under $200