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Susan Collins
Leadership Coach


Leaders can make or break the environment for others.  I encourage people to stay in the discomfort of what comes up through leading and work with it.  Paradoxically, we transcend our discomfort by exploring and learning about it.  Coaching is about turning inside and getting in touch with what your heart is telling you and examining your beliefs.”

Susan has led the development of leaders for large government agencies and brings a wealth of distinctions about effective leadership to her work as a coach.  She enjoys supporting people who are committed to learning about themselves even as they work to bring strong and effective leadership to their organizations.  Susan enjoys working with adult development theory and helping people to make important transitions from conventional to postconventional stages.  As a coach, she “loves working with people who are willing to go non-linear” and explore approaches and concepts that may stretch their usual ways of operating.  Susan is well known for the sense of calm that she brings into her coaching.  Her clients say that she “slows me down.”  

Gentle, smart and well versed in the challenges and constraints of leading large bureaucracies, such as the federal government, she brings a depth of knowledge, wisdom and perspective to her clients.  Susan is also a dog lover with special expertise as a practitioner of TTouch in working with people and their dogs as a way to enhance their relationships and increase understanding of the impact of one’s presence on another.


  • Over 15 years of experience in the field of coaching
  • International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Has led talent development for several U.S. government agencies and understands the challenges faced by senior leaders serving in the federal sector
  • Expertise in working with adult development theory
  • Practitioner of TTouch, working with people and their dogs as a way of demonstrating how one’s presence affects others
  • Prior to her work in leadership development, Susan was a housing and labor economist


  • Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching (Georgetown University)
  • Ph.D. in Economics (University of Rochester)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Wellesley College)


  • Dog lover