Sullivan was named the Footwear News Person of the Year in 2018 and 2013, and has been ranked in the top 10 of the annual Footwear News Power 100 Most Influential Designers, Influencers and Leaders in the Shoe Industry for the last eight years.
Sullivan's philanthropic passion for the shoe industry, gender parity, education, and healthcare was celebrated in 2017 when she received the Footwear News Icon Award for Social Impact. She has been recognized by the Women's Forum of New York for her commitment to gender parity on the Caleres Board of Directors. Sullivan serves on the boards of the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) and the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, and was one of the founders of Two Ten's Women in the Footwear Industry community (WIFI). She currently serves on the boards of Enterprise Holdings and Washington University and is an active member of Civic Progress, an organization of CEOs that focuses on initiatives that advance the St. Louis community. Previously, she was a long-time active member of the Board of BJC HealthCare, where she served as chair of the BJC Patient Care Committee.
Her more than two decades of experience in the footwear industry include serving as vice chairman of Phillips-Van Heusen's Footwear Group and president and COO of the Stride Rite Corporation. Prior to entering the footwear industry, Sullivan worked in key sales and brand management positions at major consumer products companies.
Sullivan received her MBA from Babson College and her bachelor's degree in business administration from Boston College. She has presented as a guest lecturer at Saint Louis University, Washington University, and Webster University, and has served as Executive in Residence at the University of Missouri.
Sullivan has been married to her husband Mike for more than 30 years and has two married children, Allie and Caley. She enjoys yoga and spending time with her family. She resides in St. Louis and Westport, Conn., and both homes – of course - include a closetful of great shoes!