100 Women Wall of Honor
About100 Women Wall of Honor

Susan Bakke

As a dedicated mother, consummate community volunteer and successful entrepreneur, Susan Bakke can rightfully claim the title of “human ecologist.” Her commitment to children and families led her to serve on the board of the Madison Children’s Museum and on the trustee council of DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services). As the owner of Chauette, a women’s clothing boutique in downtown Middleton, Wisconsin, Sue offers women a personalized shopping experience, giving fashionable options for every occasion. It is no wonder her passion for retailing and eye for great design led her to the School of Human Ecology, first as mentor and internship sponsor for retailing students and then as the first donor to the Global Artisans project, one of four inaugural efforts of the 4W Initiative (For Women, Well-Being, Wisconsin and the World). Her gift establishing the Susan Bakke Graduate Fellowship in Retail Entrepreneurship and Design represents a major investment in developing and empowering future entrepreneurs and designers while advancing scholarship in consumer behavior and design thinking.