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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 as a Registered ICF Mentor Coach. Susan is also an affiliate member of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, and she belongs to the Growth Edge Network, a global collective of professionals who explore the connections between adult development and transformational change. Susan has a J.D. from Cornell Law School, a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Vermont, and a B.A. from 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 many dozens of leaders geographically dispersed across the United States from Connecticut to California, and internationally in a number of countries all over the world.  While Susan specializes in coaching nonprofit executive directors and higher education administrators, she also works with leaders in socially-conscious for-profit enterprises and in industries such as health care.


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:


  • anticipating or already experiencing a personal or professional transition (whether at a time and under circumstances of you 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?”
  • ready to define and commit to your personal and professional growth;
  • 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