Susan’s Professional Bio

Susan S. Freeman, MBA, PCC, NCC
Executive Coach, Author and Speaker
Founder and President, Step Up Leader

Susan Freeman is an executive coach who utilizes a unique approach to leadership transformation–combining Western strategic discipline with Eastern integrative wisdom techniques. Her clients value her skill in helping them unlock leadership effectiveness, connect strategy to execution, and increase trust and collaboration.  Personal benefits include improved relationships, better health and overall life as well as work satisfaction.  She combines a thorough and practical approach to strategic change and personal growth, both for individuals and teams. Susan brings to her coaching more than 25 years of corporate, entrepreneurial and non-profit business management and leadership experience.

Susan is sought after by investor-owned companies to help them reach the next level of growth and profitability.  Areas of specialty interest include strengths and challenges of entrepreneurship in both small and large organizations, cultivation of executive presence, career resilience, effective communication, and accountability.  Her facilitation specialties include Strategic Cornerstones:  Mission, Vision, Values, Goals and Commitments;  Creating an Empowering Culture;  among others.

Susan received her M.B.A. in Marketing from Columbia University and her B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College. She is the author of “Step Up Now: 21 Powerful Principles for People Who Influence Others.”  She is an accredited coach with the International Coach Federation as well as with Newfield Network, where she received her coaching training.  She is also a certified business facilitator with the MSP Institute. Susan is a member of the International Coach Federation and a Professional Certified Coach.  Her message has been communicated in many venues as a corporate keynote, event speaker, on television and radio, and as leadership columnist.

She volunteers to mentor young women leaders locally and globally. In Africa, she works closely with The Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda to help empower young women with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become leaders. Her book connects her to the school, where it is used in the curriculum and where she donates all profits from its sales. She visited Rwanda as a Leadership Guest Lecturer in July, 2014. In Tampa, she has mentored young women through the Emerge Tampa program of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Frameworks Tampa Bay. Passionate about education, she has founded or served on several educational boards at the secondary and university levels.

Rarely a day goes by when she doesn’t reach for a piece of dark chocolate.


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