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Why would I hire Susan to be my leadership coach? What makes her unique?


Credentials: Susan holds a graduate-level certificate from Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program, which is an intensive low-residency coach training program accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is a credentialed member of the ICF as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and is a Registered ICF Mentor Coach. Susan is also an affiliate member of the Institute of Coaching Professional Association at McLean Hospital. Susan's J.D. is from Cornell Law School, she earned her M.A. in English Literature at the University of Vermont, and she did her undergraduate work at Middlebury College. She is the author of Seasons of Leadership: A Self-Coaching Guide (Red Barn Books, rev. 2015), which you can learn more about here.


Coaching experience: Susan has coached dozens of leaders geographically dispersed in the United States from Connecticut to California, and internationally from China to Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines and Mexico. A few examples include the commissioner of a state agency, the portfolio manager of an investment fund, the history department chair at a large university, the managing attorney of a government law office, a director of risk management at a Fortune 100 company, the executive director of a disability rights organization, the executive director of a nonprofit conflict resolution center, and a law school dean of career services.


Would Susan be a good coach for me?


Susan’s leadership coaching will be most beneficial if you’re at a time in your career when you are:


  • asking yourself questions such as, “what more am I capable of?” or “what’s next?” or “how do I get there?”
  • ready to define and commit to your professional development goals;
  • able to challenge your present assumptions and beliefs, and see the world from different perspectives;
  • willing to look back on your past experiences, observe yourself in the present, and try new strategies for effecting change;
  • open to being more authentic, and discovering more meaning and satisfaction in your work;
  • able to offer and accept candid feedback.

“It is impossible not to be impacted when you’re being guided by Susan, whether she is coaching or facilitating. She brings a blend of intellect, wisdom, humor and creativity that allow her to ask the questions that need to be asked, and to ask them in a way that opens ears, minds, and hearts. Her presence is both grounded and uplifting, which means she can easily adapt to the wide spectrum of issues that can surface in individual coaching sessions or group dynamics. In each interaction I have had with Susan, I have experienced powerful shifts in perspective.”


Joanie Rufo

Chevy Chase, Maryland