The Oldest Woman to Swim the English Channel on Retirement Adventuring

Octo 31 Podcast

At the age of 46, Pat Gallant-Charette’s son decided to swim an open-water race in honor of Pat’s brother who had recently passed away from a heart attack at the age of only 34. When Pat commended his decision and commented that she wished she could do the same, he surprised her by responding, “Mom, you can if you try.” Those encouraging words started Pat’s journey of transition from a mom who cheered in the stands and was afraid of swimming in the ocean to a mom who competed in some of the world’s most famous and difficult open-water swims. Even as a caretaker to her young grandchildren and a working nurse, Pat proved to herself and others that she could accomplish whatever she set her mind to. At the age of 66, she became the oldest woman to swim the English Channel, and she’s still competing and adventuring, proving that age is truly just a number.

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About Susan Michel


Susan Michel, CEO & Founder – Glen Eagle

Susan Michel is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Glen Eagle, a full-service Registered Investment Advisor and Broker-Dealer. Susan founded Glen Eagle in 2002.  Glen Eagle is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

What differentiates Glen Eagle is the culture Susan has created.  Her approach is summarized in the firm’s vision statement, “Faith, Family, Firm, in that order.”  Everyone at Glen Eagle internalizes this statement in their day-to-day interactions with each other and with the firm’s clients.

Today, under Susan’s principled guidance, Glen Eagle has grown to become a national financial services firm providing corporations, family offices, business owners and multigenerational families with trusted stewardship and transparent access to their wealth. Glen Eagle serves clients in 32 states and manages over $4 billion dollars in assets.

Susan’s business leadership has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Brava Award by Smart CEO and the National Enterprising Woman of the Year Award.  She has also been named one of NJBIZ’s Best 50 Women in Business and one of the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners of New Jersey.

Susan has a national presence as a speaker and writer.  Susan has spoken to a wide variety of audiences, including FINRA’s National Annual Conference, Financial Advisor’s Invest in Women Conference and the Enterprising Women Conference. Susan also hosts a national podcast, Women’s Wealth: The Middle Way®.  She has been featured in Fortune, Forbes and Newsweek.

Susan believes it is important to give back to others through service.  She currently serves as Vice-Chair of Board of Trustees of The Hun School of Princeton, as a Trustee on the Board of the College of St. Elizabeth and as a board member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO).