Susan’s Unique Approach

Susan developed her approach to help clients like you flourish and feel soul-satisfied. When Susan serves as your Strategic Coach and Creative Think Partner, she…

  • artfully blends the best practices of executive, entrepreneur and leadership coaching with business consulting
  • integrates business, professional and personal development into a custom approach that she tailors to meet your needs
  • provides you with time to think, reflect and talk things through so you can gain clarity and new insights
  • infuses your work together with her signature creative and visual style which she leverages to inspire your aha’s
  • creates the space for you to slow down, catch your breath, get centered and focus on your well-being

Let Susan help inspire, empower and support you!

Susan’s Creative and Visual Style

Susan is known among her peers, colleagues and clients for her highly visual and creative approach. She uses a unique mix of creative, kinesthetic and visual exercises and tools to inspire your aha’s and help you visualize your possibilities and path forward. Clients often find that as a result of their work with Susan, their own creativity is reignited. In her work with you, Susan may use some of the following:

Guided Meditations space

Guided Meditations

Susan may lead you through a brief guided visualization or mindfulness meditation. It is about slowing down and breathing deeply so you can renew your energy and take time to focus on yourself.
Mind Mapping space

Mind Mapping

Susan uses this visual technique to help you interact with your ideas, plans, strategies and vision. She creates mind maps on the iPad, paper, foam core boards, floors and walls.
Essence Words space


Susan often uses her signature “Know Your Essence” card deck in client sessions. You’ll often find that the EssenceWord you select is relevant for where you are on your journey.

Inspiration Imagery

Susan regularly uses imagery and visual metaphors to help a concept land. She may send you a follow-up email with words and/or images to inspire and empower you.

What Susan Brings To The Table

Brings to table

In her work with you, Susan will bring to the table:

  • first-hand experience as both a leader and an entrepreneur
  • 15+ years experience as a Certified Leadership and Transition Professional Coach
  • an M.A. in Human Development, with an emphasis on women in midlife
  • business expertise in strategic planning, marketing, branding, communication, organizational development, process improvement and change management

With Susan you get the best of all these worlds in a single, dedicated, go-to resource. […]

What Clients Say

Susan is an outstanding “think partner”. I hired her when I was about to leave my executive job and expected help in managing my transition to entrepreneur. I certainly received magnificent help in this arena. What I didn’t expect was her use of rituals to help me enhance “being” after years of focus on “doing”. Susan helped me to define what I want my day-to-day life to be like, well beyond my business. She kept leading me back to my stated intention, i.e. to engage with initiatives that feed my soul rather than just bring in cash, fill time or volunteer. I now have the gift of time, focus and peace – which were lacking in my previously frenetic life. Thank you!
Kellie Garrett, Speaker ~ Coach ~ Strategist, Canada
Susan has helped me clarify my values and align it with my vision for my future. She is incredibly organized, bright, tenacious and creative. I cannot say enough about her talents and I highly recommend her to anyone that is thinking about making a change in their life. She helps clarify and articulate your goals with laser focus. As a result of working with Susan I have gone back to graduate school and have created my dream vision for my future. It is an extreme pleasure to work with Susan. I am thrilled with her as a coach and a person. Sign on with her immediately and she will thoughtfully and skillfully lead you through the change you want to be in the world.
Catherine, Seattle, WA
For any entrepreneur who wants to consciously take their business to the next level by finding their true voice, aligning every aspect of their marketing with who they are, and letting go of all that doesn’t serve their purpose, Susan is the top entrepreneur coach around. She has an amazing ability to listen deeply to what you truly want. Her compassionate and calming style and excellent follow up supported me during times when I was tempted to return to my comfort zone. She provided personal attention and encouragement that made a difference in the results that I was able to produce. It was the best investment I’ve made in my business and myself!
Nancy McCaughey, Nancy McCaughey Coaching, LLC
Susan has an impressive breadth and depth of business, technology and coaching experience. Her passion for coaching women entrepreneurs and executives is evident in her warm, authentic and creative approach. She is highly skilled in helping clients gain clarity, vision and direction, and in doing so provides support, expands possibilities and strengthens inspiration. With her tech savvy comes innovative approaches that stimulate out-of-the-box thinking and breakthroughs. A very talented and gracious coach!
Colleen Yamaguchi, Colleen Yamaguchi Coaching & Consulting, LLC
Every CEO needs a coach. Every one of us. And Susan has been excellent at helping me with the distillation of my greatest assets, providing branding strategies and marketing references, and creating a space for me to calm down, regroup, and regain hope. The greatest value is the time with Susan to jump up on the balcony, breathe deep, and have a sounding board that’s just for me. Susan brings her own signature presence to the coaching experience, which is different than my approach so it brings a good diversity, which I need. For example, using drawings to project the future, starting sessions with ‘grounding.’
Ann Dorgan, GumballEnterprises, Inc.
I’ve gained so much insight by working with Susan! She not only listens impeccably well (one of the hallmarks of a great coach), she takes what was said and converts that into a beautiful visual graphic using cards, post-its, vision boards, or photographs that capture our conversations. Susan is also incredibly articulate and sends amazing, articulate, and thoughtful emails chock-full of resources, quotes, book recommendations, or names of additional practitioners after our sessions. This above-and-beyond approach has led me to really open up, truly consider what all is possible in my professional and personal world, and helps me re-imagine all that I’m capable of. THANK YOU!
Kristie McLean, Global Storyteller & Essence Photographer
Perhaps where Susan has helped me the most is in the act of remembering. As Susan knows, I am really busy and have many roles to manage. As I get into my 40s I am finding that it is all too easy for me to book a project and move on to the next item, and in the process forget some of the really important points of connection or insights that tie all of the work I do – that we do – together. In this way, Susan is my mirror, my memory, and my encouraging mentor. I am better with Susan by my side.
Kerry Kozlowski, Bellevue, WA
Working with Susan as my solopreneur coach has been extremely valuable and impactful for me, both personally and in my work and ministry. I chose to work with Susan in a 2-day Coaching Intensive followed by a 2-hour coaching session twice a month for 3 months. My results have been outstanding! I have launched a new business that has a target market of hundreds of small businesses that are in need of my services. I absolutely love this work, which offers me the opportunity to work with people I enjoy and respect. And my work offers the further opportunity for my continuous learning and growth. Do not miss the opportunity to work with Susan as your coach!
Gayle A. Dee, MA, M.Div., Owner, Gather Community Productions
I have worked with Susan periodically over the course of the past few years including the time period when I was working abroad. Susan has helped me to reflect on my own skills, identify what I find fulfilling, and recognize career opportunities that will work for me. Susan has been great about helping me put all the pieces together. I leave conversations with Susan feeling empowered and better enabled to move my career forward. Susan also helps me to think about my whole self and not just my work self, which has been important to my career planning. A big thank you to Susan!
Kellie L.
As a woman-owned social enterprise, we needed an executive think partner who could flow with our unique way of working together and provide strategic marketing expertise to move our business to the next level. Susan’s grounded expertise, technological savvy, flexibly structured processes, and appreciation for the beauty way helped us to construct future scenarios with concrete and actionable steps to get there. Her unique perspective and capacity to synthesize and feed back our work were invaluable. We are deeply grateful to Susan and her commitment to helping us create our future.
Partners, Kore Evolution
Susan is an inspiration in that she is an example of purpose and authenticity in her daily life. She has coached me through the roller coaster of my career, always with a keen sense of where I am and need to be guided personally. She offers so much more than experience and skill – she does, in fact, bring the gifts of intuition and humanity to her work, and I’m sure to all those she touches. It’s an honor to know and to work with such an exceptional person.
Barbara Rice, President, B. Rice Consulting

Susan’s Approach To Strategic Coaching & Creative Think Partnering

Susan utilizes a Think Partner Sessions model in her work with clients. This format provides you with dedicated focus time to think and talk through the topics at hand. These Sessions will allow you to focus over time on multiple topics in the areas of your business, professional and personal development.

In this model, you’ll meet with Susan for two hours every other week for a minimum 6-month engagement. Sessions are typically held at Susan’s office if you are a local client or via video calls (e.g. using Skype or FaceTime) if you are a distance client.

Clients say they experience tremendous benefits and receive an excellent ROI from their work with Susan. Clients typically renew and extend their engagements so they can continue to take advantage of Susan’s unique blend of business, professional and personal development services.

Clients can contract with Susan directly or be fully or co-sponsored by their organizations.

Susan offers clients an Intensives option that gives you the chance to focus more deeply on a specific project, vision or desired outcome. The 4-8 hour Intensives provide the focus time necessary to generate more comprehensive insights and accelerate your movement forward. Clients who select the Intensives option commit to working with Susan in a Series of Intensives.

If you are a client located in the Greater Seattle area, you may want to integrate a few Intensives into your Think Partner Sessions work with Susan.

If you live outside of the Seattle area, Susan offers a Retreat Intensive option which is designed to meet the needs of the distance client. This approach combines a customized 2-day Retreat Intensive with a series of video-call Think Partner Sessions, which are scheduled for before and after the Retreat. Retreat Intensives can be held in the Greater Seattle area at either a local hotel, a small Bed and Breakfast or at Susan’s office.

Susan also offers Custom Workshops and Programs for your team or organization. Consider engaging Susan to create and facilitate a custom business, professional or personal development workshop, program, speech or presentation for you. These custom programs can be designed to provide a blend of educational forums, group work and individual coaching.

Themes can include:

  • Career Stewardship: Aligning Your Career With Your Passions and Strengths
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Conscious Entrepreneuring
  • Navigating Change and Transition
  • The Keys to Wholeheartedly Flourishing and Feeling Soul-Satisfied
  • Transforming Stress and Overload
  • Techmobilizing for Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs
  • Well-being
  • Mindfulness

When you integrate an Additional Option into your engagement with Susan, you’ll gain value and benefit from leveraging Susan’s unique expertise, insights and business acumen as well as her gifts for seeing the big picture and distilling its essence.

You can request that Susan review and provide feedback on your:

  • business deliverables (e.g. business and launch plans, proposals, pitches, marketing materials, social media assets, website, etc.)
  • key career stewardship assets (e.g. resume, LinkedIn Profile, cover letters, bio, professional website, etc.)

You can engage Susan to provide management consulting and business strategy and planning support services to help move your business or organization forward. In this capacity, Susan can:

  • serve as your business, strategy, marketing and operations consultant
  • help you to envision, strategize and plan for your organization’s pivot, restructure and/or rebranding initiatives
  • guide you through the development of an employee engagement strategy or help you identify strategies for transforming workplace culture
  • serve as an interim leader for your organization

You can also commission Susan to create for you her signature “Synthesis Documents” that are designed to:

  • distill the essence of your vision, strategies and/or plans
  • give you a framework for jumpstarting a key project such as a matrix, mindmap or template


Are you ready to wholeheartedly flourish and feel soul-satisfied in your work, career and life? Contact Susan today to learn how her creative and strategic approach can help you get there!