Susan Braig is the owner and C.E.O. of All Broads Affordable Plumbing; a female-owned and operated plumbing company that offers fast, friendly and affordable service with an added feminine touch. She is also co-owner of Al’s Affordable Plumbing; a family plumbing company her father started which services the Connecticut shoreline and specializes in water treatment. She is the proud mother of a 15 year-old son and is currently pursuing her M.B.A. with a minor in environmental science.
But Susan’s journey to success was not a smooth one. After making some very poor choices, Susan found herself incarcerated on charges of second degree robbery. She was sentenced to nine years in Connecticut’s only maximum security women’s prison. While incarcerated, she took the initiative to pursue an education by attending the Wesleyan University Prison Education Program as well as correspondence courses through Adams State University. She also took advantage of the many self-help programs offered by the prison.
Although all of these opportunities played a large role in Susan’s rehabilitation, there are two major factors that she attributes to her success; the loving support of her family and the renewed confidence she gained through her participation in the Defy Ventures Program- a non-profit that addresses the societal problems of mass incarceration and recidivism by providing incarcerated individuals with training in entrepreneurship, employment, and personal growth.
Susan won the business pitch competition with her design and presentation of an all-female plumbing company. Shortly after which, a judge and prosecutor for the State of Connecticut saw fit to grant her a sentence modification which shortened her sentence by more than three years. She was reunited with her supportive parents, son and long-time partner.
Susan has since dedicated her life to education; her own as well as those who society has forgotten- the incarcerated and those at risk to become incarcerated. She strives to serve as an example of the change and personal growth that is possible.