Susan Wilner Golden

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Susan Wilner Golden

Lecturer in Management

Teaching Statement

Susan Golden focuses on the intersection of longevity and innovation and the unique entrepreneurial opportunities that longer lives and the growing $22 trillion longevity economy present. She integrates multiple perspectives based on her professional experiences in public health, venture capital, and as an advisor and mentor to startup companies and teams. Golden helps students identify the unique features of starting companies focused on older adults and the many market opportunities for new products and services in the fastest growing sector.


As the founder and director of the dciX impact initiatives at the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute, Golden engages experienced professionals who are focusing the next chapters of their lives on building innovations for both social and economic impact. These chapters include issues of longevity, economic inequality, energy and sustainability, and impact investing. She currently serves as a lead mentorto the Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator, and is a thought leader partner with Pivotal Ventures for initiatives on innovations for caregivers of older adults. Golden is the author of the book STAGE (Not Age), published by Harvard Business Review Press in June 2022. Golden also serves as an advisor to startup companies focused on healthy aging and longevity.

She was a 2016 DCI Fellow, and previously a partner at Schroder Ventures, a firm that specialized in life sciences and health care investments; worked at Genentech; taught at UCSF where she was a Pew Health Policy Fellow; and was an assistant professor at the Boston University Medical School. Golden received a Doctorate of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health,and attended Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.

Academic Degrees

  • Doctor of Science in Health Services, Harvard University School of Public Health, 1981
  • Master of Public Health, Boston University Medical School, 1978

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB, 2022–present
  • Adjunct Professor, Stanford School of Medicine, 2020–present
  • Visiting Scholar, Stanford Center on Longevity, 2017–19
  • Pew Health Policy Fellow, UCSF, 1983–85
  • Assistant Professor, Boston University Medical School, 1981–83

Professional Experience

  • Founder, Golden Health Innovations, 2015–present
  • Partner, Schroder Ventures, 1991–96
  • Manager, Genentech, 1986–90

Awards and Honors

  • Kellogg Foundation Research Award
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Magna cum Laude



Working Papers

Academic Publications

Stanford Case Studies

Stanford University Affiliations

  • Fellow Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute 2015–16

Service to the Profession

  • Techstars: Lead Mentor to Future of Longevity Accelerator, 2020–present
  • Mentor, Stanford dciX Intergenerational Engagement Initiatives, 2018–present
  • Board of Dean’s Advisors, Harvard Chan School of Public Health, 2014–17

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