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Susan provides leadership training and keynote presentations for a wide variety of professional development programs and staff retreats.  She specializes in topics that propel the success of multiple-bottom-line enterprises in primarily the nonprofit and higher education sectors.  Common themes, which are always customized to meet each client’s specific goals, include:


  • Leading authentically: being an effective leader by being true to yourself
  • Leading change by taking risks: making bold moves with confidence
  • Asking powerful questions: coaching skills leaders can use to boost results
  • Going bigger: increasing your transformative power and presence as a leader
  • Leading a well-balanced, integrated life


Please contact Susan to discuss how she can meet your organization’s training needs.  Here is a sampling of some recent one-day and half-day leadership workshops Susan has offered in different professional development contexts:


  • "The Leadership Skill of Raising Consciousness in Ourselves and Others:  Moving Forward with Hope and Resilience,” three-month Leadership Book Group, sponsored by Susan Palmer Consulting, LLC; Montpelier, VT (2016)


  • “Making the Most of Coaching: Best Practices” (Panel Moderator), Senator Leahy’s Annual Vermont Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference; Randolph, VT (2016)


  • “The Power of Storytelling: Creating Appreciative Coaching Tools,” at “Share, Teach and Learn: Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future of Strengths-Based Work” sponsored by Northeast Strengths-Based Network, Champlain College; Burlington, VT (2016)


  • “Leadership Strategies for Initiating and Sustaining Change,” “Powerful Questions: How Basic Coaching Techniques Can Help Leaders Get Results,” “Vertical Development: Connecting Adult Development and Leadership,” “Authentic Leadership” and “Leading an Integrated Life,” University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Leadership Development Program; Knoxville, TN (2016)


  • “Strategies for Navigating Change” and “The Power of Authentic Leadership,” Women’s Regional Leadership Development Forum, American Council on Education; Detroit, MI (2016)


  •  “The Power of Authentic Leadership,” MBA Program, Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa; Cedar Rapids, Iowa (2016)


  • “Authentic Leadership for Students,” Community College of Vermont; Montpelier, VT (2016)


  • “Using Coaching Skills to Promote a More Positive and Productive Work Environment,” University of Tennessee APP-L Program; Knoxville, TN (2016)


  • “Complexity, Confidence and Creativity” three-month Leadership Book Group, sponsored by Susan Palmer Consulting, LLC; Montpelier, VT (2016)


  • “Leadership and Creativity Workshop” (Co-designer and -facilitator), Chris Jeffrey Stained Glass, LLC; Barre, VT (2015)


  • “Taking Risks: Becoming a Generative, Innovative and Agile Professional,” SHRM Vermont State Conference; Burlington, VT (2015)

“It is a pleasure to work with a consultant who understands that leadership development cannot be reduced to a cookie-cutter approach. Susan worked closely with us to understand our specific program objectives and the unique target audience. She then planned and implemented a custom workshop that hit the nail on the head. The structure was both informative and interactive, and Susan facilitated the day with a dynamite combination of enthusiasm, humor, expertise, and audience rapport. It is no surprise that her portion of our program received the highest evaluations from the participants.”


Sarah Fisher Gardial, Ph.D.

Former Vice Provost

for Faculty Affairs

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Susan teaching in the Leadership Development Program for faculty and staff at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2014. (Photo: Shane Colter)