|Exalted Queen Mother Sue Ellen Cooper|
Red Hat Society Founder
Sue Ellen Cooper is the founder of the Red Hat Society, the world's premier social networking community for women. Begun in 1998, the Red Hat Society has roughly 20,000 chapters in all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 30 foreign countries.
This grass roots social phenomenon encourages women to connect socially, emotionally and to support each other in the pursuit of vital, active living through middle age and beyond. The sisterhood hosts international and regional conventions and continues to grow and evolve. Soon after the first small group of Red Hatters began venturing out in public, unsought publicity prompted hundreds, then thousands, of women to ask how they too could join. By the end of 2000, what has been referred to as "the second women's movement" was growing like wildfire. The Red Hat Society chooses to emphasize those things that unite women--crossing boundaries of race, religion and even age--in the process.
Prior to founding the Red Hat Society, Sue Ellen devoted much of her adult life to her family, raising two children--son Shane and daughter Andrea-- with her husband, Allen. She enjoyed a part-time career as a commercial greeting card illustrator, and spent six years in a mural-painting business with two other artists.
Sue Ellen graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 1968 with a degree in Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2004 she was honored by her alma mater with the distinguished alumni Visions & Visionaries award for her accomplishments, which have impacted women worldwide. Cooper, one of just a handful of CSUF graduates recognized this year, joins the ranks of some very consummate CEOs, media personalities and authors whose achievements have greatly benefited the community.
In 2004, Sue Ellen made the city of Fullerton's 25 Most Influential People List made up of a select number of top individuals who have made dynamic contributions in the areas of education, public service, business, entrepreneurship and community service. Her prominent success led to her recognition for entrepreneurship, a significant distinction considering the humble beginnings of the Red Hat Society.
Sue Ellen wrote two best-selling books, "The Red Hat Society: Friendship and Fun After Fifty" (Warner Books, April 2004) and "The Red Hat Society's Laugh Lines: Stories of Inspiration and Hattitude" (Warner Books, April 2005)." She has also contributed to several other books.