Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence | Gratitude | Hope | Love | Curiosity | Creativity | Zest
In this super-complex,
crazy-paced world, it takes courage and skill to lead and live with open minds and hearts.
I work globally to help people bring their humanity, hope, and creativity forward, aligned with their purpose.
I’m a deeply experienced leader, coach, and facilitator.
I design and deliver high-value, award-winning learning experiences for individuals, teams, and groups that create real change.
An early adopter of the work of researcher and five-time #1 New York Times best-selling author Dr. Brené Brown, I partnered with her to embed her evidence-based courage-building work in a culture and leadership development strategy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I’ve worked closely with Brené and her team since 2012, serving as an advisor, senior faculty member, and certified facilitator.
For details about my professional experience and credentials, check out my LinkedIn profile.
A nature girl at heart, I was born in Seattle. After a successful 15-year executive career in banking, I threw in the towel and moved to Hawaii. With the ocean breeze in my face and sand in my toes, I reconnected with my soul and claimed my life purpose: creating opportunities for people to grow.
Since returning to the Pacific Northwest over 20 years ago, I met my husband Charles Bergman, became a credentialed coach, and worked in my dream job at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation until becoming a solopreneur. Chuck and I love adventure travel and have seen every one of the world’s 18 penguin species in their native wild habitat.
“Susan is among the brightest, most strategic, and most personable individuals
I have ever had the pleasure to work with.”
Senior Vice President, global company