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


Experience: Since she completed her graduate-level certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership in 2009, Susan has worked with scores of non-profit, higher education and socially-conscious for-profit leaders in over a dozen countries all over the world.


Coaching credentials: In addition to her credentialed membership in the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Susan is a member of the ICF-New England Chapter, an affiliate member of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, and certified to administer the Leadership Circle Profile™ 360° evaluation instrument.  She is a Registered ICF Mentor Coach, and serves as an Alumni Mentor to students enrolled in Georgetown’s Leadership Coaching Program.  Susan also belongs to the Growth Edge Network, a global association of practitioners who use adult development theory in coaching and organizational consulting work.  She is the author of Seasons of Leadership: A Self-Coaching Guide, which explores how the cycles of leading and learning mirror the cycle of the seasons.


Would Susan be a good coach for me?

Susan’s leadership coaching will likely be the most beneficial if you are:

  • anticipating or already experiencing a personal or professional transition (whether at a time and under circumstances of your own choosing, or not);
  • asking yourself questions such as, “what am I passionate about?” “what else is possible?” and “how do I clarify and achieve my goals?”
  • able to challenge your present assumptions and beliefs by considering different perspectives;
  • willing to look back on your past experiences, observe yourself in the present, and try new strategies;
  • open to being more authentic, and to discovering deeper meaning and greater satisfaction in your work; and
  • 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