The 2017 Forum - Keynote Speaker


Partnership & Collaboration

Susan Salka President, CEO & Director AMN Healthcare

Susan Salka

Susan Salka is CEO, president and director of AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (AMN). Under her leadership, AMN has become known as the innovator in health care workforce solutions and the largest and most diversified health care staffing company in the nation. Susan is an active industry spokesperson in the health care and investment community, and has been one of the driving forces behind the company’s strategic and operational success since joining the company in 1990.

Before becoming CEO and president, Susan served in several other executive positions at AMN Healthcare, including CFO, COO and SVP of business development. Susan currently serves on the board of directors of McKesson, The Campanile Foundation at San Diego State University, and serves on the editorial advisory board of Directors & Boards magazine. She previously served on other public company boards, such as Beckman Coulter and Playtex Products.

Susan takes an active role helping others to achieve their personal and professional goals. She is keenly aware of the need to promote the value of women in leadership and in the importance of community service and support. Susan was recognized as San Diego’s Most Admired Public Company CEO in 2008 and in 2016. Susan was presented with the Exemplary Award at San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Awards in 2011 and was honored as the 2012 Woman of the Year by San Diego Magazine. In 2014, Susan was named Director of the Year for Corporate Citizenship by the Corporate Director's Forum. In 2015, Susan was as named one of Girls Scouts San Diego’s Cool Women. As an alumna of Chadron State University, Susan has been honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. She also received the Monty Award for accomplished alumni by San Diego State University, where she received her master’s degree in finance. In 2016, Susan was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from San Diego State University’s college of business administration.

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