I’m honored that you’re taking time to learn about me and I welcome the opportunity to learn about you!
I feel so called to do this work. After many twists and turns in my life, I’m so glad I’ve arrived in the mentoring profession.
My story (the short version): I was raised by a narcissist mother and as a result lived most of my adult life in a cloud of self-doubt and overwhelm. I pushed myself hard, not realizing I was driven by an unmet need to “be enough,” to be accepted, and to feel appreciated.
This way of being led to my suicide attempt in early adulthood (thankfully thwarted) and later to anxiousness, overwhelm, perfectionism, and people-pleasing. While I achieved outward “success,” it was at a huge cost to my well-being and eventually caused adrenal burnout.
Today, healed and awakened to a healthier way of being, I use my decades of business, leadership, and life experience to guide women to a life without the encumbrances of self-defeating thoughts and beliefs.
I’m a former wellness and nutrition consultant and understand the toll stress has on mind, body and spirit.
I have served on numerous boards (at times, on several at once – I don’t recommend this!), led community events, created collaborative efforts between business organizations, and trained people in customer relations and sales all over the country.
My leadership experience in business began at the age of 24 as a VP of marketing in commercial printing. I went on to work in print media as a director of advertising, then in manufacturing as a director of national sales.
Lastly, I became an entrepreneur, owning a brick-and-mortar nutrition and wellness center that was nominated for my state’s Small Business of the Year award.
All this provides me a unique perspective for guiding women out of overwhelm and self-doubt, and liberating the leader within.
On a personal note: I am a mom (a single mom when my son was young), happily married (second time – oh so much better), and lover of the outdoors (hiking, camping, paddle boarding, skiing). I also love these simple things: cloud watching, beach walking with my “fur kid,” and my most favorite thing of all – engaging in inspiring conversation with interesting people!
I’m often asked, “Why mentoring and not coaching?”
Coaching is often defined as performance driven and goal oriented, while mentoring is development driven.
The purpose of mentoring is to develop wisdom, resilience and discernment to foster your authentic potential, while offering support that allows you to set your own goals and trailblaze your own path. Mentoring fosters what I call “flourishment” (flourish + nourish + fulfillment).
What I bring to the table is astute and compassionate guidance born from real-life, hands-on experience. I help you shift out of overwhelm by identifying the behaviors and hidden beliefs (yes, we all have them) that are blocking your path to achieving or furthering success (as you define it) – all without a cost to your well-being.
My Mentoring Style:
Sessions flow based on your unique desires. I support you in revealing the depth of your own wisdom, and encouraging you forward with both personal and career aspirations.
During our sessions, I tap into components of my Calling in Clarity curriculum and my Six Principles of Soul-Aligned Success framework. Guided by intuition and experience, I inspire you to trailblaze a path that’s the best fit for you!
Note: I’m an advocate of professional therapy and find that my style of mentoring often clarifies where professional guidance may be helpful, and serves well as an adjunct to ongoing therapeutic practices.
“I am so glad I found you. Deep breath. Just to have connected with you has made me feel less alone. Your words of wisdom about being in transition and giving myself permission has helped so much. I have post-its all around saying, ‘I give myself permission.’ The shift has been huge for me internally.”
“Suzy has a gift and talent for creating a safe space, whether it’s bringing a group of people together, or building trust one-on-one. When you talk to Suzy she is with you, she is engaged—and you don’t have to second-guess that. Through her storytelling and sharing, she is an exceptional model that ‘YES’, what you want can be done, work through the overwhelm, and move into the next phase of your life. I’ve witnessed her help many women, including myself, push through the barriers that hold us back.”
“I had the pleasure of sitting down with Suzy over coffee while I was in the midst of the “crazed” phase of planning a community event. Suzy’s candid and down to earth account of her journey from chronic busyness and exhaustion to restoration, intention, and balance was a breath of fresh air. Not only was it exactly what I needed to hear, I wanted that message to get to my co-organizers of the event, and to the participants, as well. I made an on-the-spot invitation to Suzy to speak about her journey. It can be so easy to accept things that don’t really serve us as “normal” or “the way things are. Suzy is someone who had the courage to believe that we don’t have to live this way, and went on to blaze a trail that shows the rest of us what is possible.”
There is no stopping a woman devoted to her own well-being and powered by a well-nourished soul!