Business Leaders Connect
About Nicole Suydam
Nicole Suydam has more than 20 years of management and leadership experience working with local and national nonprofits dedicated to meeting human service needs. She currently serves as president and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County, one of Orange County’s largest nonprofits by revenue. Suydam leads Goodwill’s social enterprise operation that employs nearly 1,800, manages 23 local thrift stores and ShopGoodwill.com – the online e-commerce marketplace for Goodwills across the country – and serves more than 18,000 individuals annually through its innovative programs and services aimed at providing pathways to opportunity and sustainable jobs.
Suydam has received several accolades for her commitment to creating a better and brighter Orange County for all, including being named to the Orange County Business Journal’s “OC 50” list for 2020 and 2021 for her influence and impact in the community. She was also named one of just six "2019 Women of Coast" by Coast Magazine and received the "2018 Women of the Year Award" by the Orange County Business Journal. Suydam graduated from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa and lives in Aliso Viejo with her husband and two teenage daughters.
The Brea Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leaders Connect is a luncheon series designed to feature local and regional business leaders to provide learning opportunities for the broader business community. The series highlights Brea’s and the region’s most prominent leaders and provides a platform for these executives to share a brief cross-section of their expertise and business insights.