About Susan

Although my approach to coaching is to always focus on my clients and what’s best for them, I think it’s important for people to understand a little about me, my beliefs, my coaching journey, and my credentials: 

 

My coaching Journey

I was actively looking for my next career challenge and I met an entrepreneur focused on brain-based coaching.  Intrigued, I fell into the coaching rabbit hole as I began to research the field of coaching.  I read a few foundational books on coaching and realized what I had enjoyed in a previous job – facilitating groups to achieve goals – was essentially what a coach does with individual clients. A coach helps clients access their inner wisdom to achieve goals that generate a new future.  Could anything be more rewarding?

I also chose coaching for the personal challenge.  Coaching challenges me every day.  With each challenge, I get out of my comfort zone and into a place of growth.  I experience what I support clients to do:  gain awareness, get out of their comfort zones, show up differently in the world.  If you want to learn how coaching has changed my life, check out my second blog post.

My beliefs

I believe in living in the present while developing a roadmap for the future. Although the past led us to where we are today, dwelling on it wastes the energy we should be using to plan our bright future.

I am fair-minded and value integrity, and won't compromise mine for expediency in either my personal or professional life.

I'm realistic but optimistic, believing that the glass is always half full -- even when doing so can be challenging.

I believe that we all have the power to control our destiny and I thrive on working with people who seek to optimize their ability to control theirs.

I cherish the relationships I develop with my clients as we work together to achieve their goals. Successful relationships, in general, are important to me and my closest are with my family - my husband of almost 30 years, my two millennial daughters, my siblings, their children and our cousins. I've always found that good relationships lead to successful outcomes - both at home and in the workplace.

My credentials

I am a seasoned executive, with many years of work experience in entrepreneurial, corporate, government and nonprofit organizations.  I am currently enrolled in a year-long intensive coach training program with Accomplishment Coaching.  To date, I have provided almost 200 hours of coaching to 20 clients.  I have an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MA in Policy Studies from the University of Washington, and an AB from Dartmouth College.