Our busy lives overwhelm our calendars, our bodies and minds. I know this. I’ve lived this. Busy leaders excel at achieving, but can miss the mark in terms of influence and impact, and at times find they've lost balance and well-being in their own lives.

Sound familiar?  You put other people first - make room on your calendars for everyone and everything but yourself. You are so busy DOING that you forget to consider how you want to BE.  

Leaders under strain or stress often believe they need to look outside - change jobs, transfer, relocate, get promoted. What I’ve learned is that the key to making the right change lies not in the next job or the next company, but inside of us. We need to deepen our self-knowledge and self-awareness to find the right solution.

Stop. Breathe. Step off the information highway. Notice what’s actually happening in your life.  Find equilibrium, get acquainted with your innate strengths, sync up with your personal values, purpose, true passion. Deliberately build your brand - exude the things that matter most to you.  Find clarity, confidence, capacity.


“Working with Susan weekly was a useful tool for my whole well being- mind, body and spirit. She didn’t just focus on one aspect, she looked at me as an individual that had multiple things that needed to be lined up in congruency with one another, and that is what helped me thrive and get to where I am today. As a coach, Susan gave me the right guidance, used tools and assignments most appropriate to my learning style and strengths. Our work together gave me hope to see how to begin unpacking and applying my talents.”


Masters’ Degree Graduate Client

“Our employee experience survey results this past May were fantastic AND my leadership score jumped back up. Thank you so very much for helping me get through one of the most challenging times of my professional career.”


Healthcare Executive Director

“Working with Susan was an overall positive experience.  She was a guide for me during a time of both personal and professional transition.  Specifically my questioning the role of stay-at-home mom in regard to personal identity, and defining a place for myself as I continue to parent while developing a small business.
Susan will provide you with personalized tools to help you challenge preconceived notions about yourself and others and help re-frame your way of thinking.  If you are prepared to dig deep and do some internal reflection Susan is a great partner for navigating through feeling stuck, dissatisfied or simply looking to "get more' out of your current situation.

"I feel grateful for the work that we have done together. I have a stockpile of notes from our sessions, a journal of sorts, that I can revisit when I find myself falling into old patterns. Susan encourages insight and vision with a goal of living purposefully. Perhaps most importantly she is able to support and encourage while simultaneously challenging you to question your beliefs. She is both a thoughtful observer and an insightful guide who is approachable, honest and non-judgemental. I can't think of a situation where her services would not be useful!”


Small Business Owner

Executive Coaching

An Executive Coaching engagement focuses on specific challenges that the client is experiencing. Executives Coaching helps at various career stages, for various reasons:

  • A leader seeks to improve his/her leadership presence, impact and effectiveness

  • A leader is transitioning to a higher level leadership position, requiring new skills

  • A leader is preparing to launch a large scale initiative, or change effort, and

  • A leaders is experiencing a plateau, dissatisfaction, or life/career changes.

As an Executive Coach, I commit to bringing openness, curiosity, and direct, honest communication to the Coaching Engagement. I expect the same of my clients.

My Executive Coaching process begins with developing a deep understanding of the client’s current situation. Here, we explore both external factors affecting the current situation, and the client’s own thoughts, behaviors and choices, as contributing factors. This process of noticing, recognizing and closely examining the dynamics at play, is done in a setting that is completely objective, safe, and with the client’s best interest at the center.

I incorporate a systems perspective into all Executive Coaching engagements. Using a systems perspective helps my clients to identify and understand the forces (systems) impacting them in both their professional and personal lives. Coaching sessions provide a safe environment for the client to gain insight, and imagine new possibilities, new choices, new results. In situations where the goals and outcomes are specifically job or work related, incorporating feedback from “trusted advisors” and possibly superiors in the workplace is particularly helpful.

Client engagements are typically 12 weeks in length, with 60 to 90 minute meetings via Zoom. Generally, engagements follow four phases:

  1. Establishing the focus of the coaching contract

  2. Examining the current situation, imagining an inspired future; I am certified in the use of Individual and 360 Assessments to help inform the discovery and change process.

  3. Building the plan, including measurable goals and outcomes

  4. Executing the plan

  5. Long range planning for sustaining change, conclusion of the engagement.

As an Executive Coach, my coaching process is:

  • Holistic - in our work, I consider the client as a whole person, including both their personal and professional lives.

  • Deep - we incorporate valuable work on purpose, passion and values.

  • Complex - in our work, my clients learn to look closely at the minute details of their thoughts, behavior and choices, and simultaneously “go up to the balcony”, and survey the impact on their work and personal life.

  • Results Oriented - engagements are results-oriented partnerships between myself and my individual client.  The client develops concrete goals and actions plans, an we measure outcomes to ensure our work together is effective.

Leadership Development

Leadership Development Programs are custom tailored to fit the needs of the client organization.  Programs are scaled to the size of the organization, and to the level of education and training of the target audience.  For example:

  • Executive Team Leadership Retreats for Strategic Planning or Team Building
  • 360 Assessment Administration, Individual Report Interpretation, and Action Plan Development
  • Lunch and Learn for Supervisors and Mid Level Managers
  • Leadership Development Curriculum based on a formal needs assessment
  • Team Branding Assessment and Development Plan
  • Team Renewal for teams with low morale or negative culture issues
  • Developing an internal coaching culture

Please call or email if you are interested in discussing your needs.

Team Coaching

Executive Group Coaching

Cedars Executive Coaching offers Group Coaching Programs that are founded on core coaching concepts. Our Executive Group Coaching program includes a combination of Executive Coaching Sessions for each individual participant, and Group Coaching Sessions, which occur with the whole group present. It is advised that executives be from the same organization, at the same leadership level.

Executive Group Coaching is a dynamic, participatory six month experience, and includes:

  • One Individual Leadership Assessment* and a 1 hour feedback session per participant

  • Two monthly one-on-one Executive Coaching Sessions (12 sessions)

  • Monthly group workshops (6 sessions)

One-on-one Coaching Sessions focus on the individual and take a “deeper dive” than Group Coaching Sessions. See Executive Coaching on this website to learn more about Executive Coaching.

Group Coaching Sessions occur in small groups (8 maximum), and allow an intimate, confidential space for participants to find trustworthy support. Each of these 6 sessions include learning based on the needs of the group, and participatory work, leveraging collective wisdom, focusing on goal setting, accountability, and breaking down barriers to success.

Participants benefit from a well rounded development experience that includes individual Executive Coaching Sessions, custom tailored learning experiences, and improved teamwork that results from the Group Coaching Sessions. While the individual Executive Coaching Sessions focus on a individual development plans, the Group Coaching Sessions offer an environment where members of the group learn, collaborate, test ideas and assumptions, and support each other’s planning and execution process.

Call or email for more information and to get your group going!

Team Coaching

Team coaching is a dynamic process of development for a team that wants to "up its game", change its Brand, or improve its culture.  Team coaching engagements are typically 6 months long, and include:

  • A Team Brand Survey, team report debriefing and feedback session
  • Individual team member coaching
  • Team coaching sessions to include:
    • Tailored learning curriculum
    • Action plan development with timelines and accountability

Teams benefit from:

  • The individual coaching sessions, focusing on their impact on the team
  • Custom tailored learning, improved teamwork resulting from learning, collaborating, experimenting, and supporting each other through he planing and execution process. 

Call or email for more information and to get your team going!

Stress Resilience Group Coaching

The focus of the Stress Resilience Group Coaching program is to help participants build a Stress Resilient System by leveraging personal wellness best practices. Participants will begin by taking an Arsenal Assessment, and will have a 1 hour private report interpretation. Based on the results of the assessment, each participant will develop and implement their own custom action plan to incorporate personal wellness best practices into their daily lives.

The personal wellness best practices that we will focus on include:

  • Awareness

  • Learning

  • Attitude

  • Nutrition

  • Exercise

  • Support, and

  • Rest

How long do you think it takes to make a new habit stick? Three weeks? Twelve weeks? Actually, Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at University College London, found that it takes more than two months - precisely 66 days - for a new habit to really take hold and become automatic.

Over the course of a three month period (12 weeks, 84 days), The Stress Resilience Group Coaching participants will develop and implement their custom action plan. Typically, the group will meet every other week (6 sessions) to allow participants to build support, encouragement and accountability.

This is a great group coaching experience to use to kick of the new year, or to use just before an already busy team is gearing up to launch a new initiative.

Call or email for more information.


I am certified to administer the following assessments.  The assessments I use have been carefully selected based on years of experience managing leadership and organizational development programs.  

Contact me for specific information relative to the assessment products.