About Susan

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Having made a career transition into coaching in 2005, I was inspired to create Live Now to help leaders effectively address corporate and personal challenges that transform your leadership skills and your organization.

Growing up in Tokyo as an expat and a child of a corporate president, I met some of the most interesting people from countries all over the world. I had the opportunity to travel around the world by the age of 13, which taught me the value of having an expansive perspective on different cultures, people, ethics, social norms, senior executives, and business norms.
It was an incredible experience to learn about not only the differences in people and business but also the similarities that we all have regardless of our culture, government, religion, or work life. My family has had 3 corporate relocations in the US, I have been divorced and remarried with a blended family, and have successfully established my business 15 years ago; all of which support my ability to bring diverse perspectives and solutions to clients and organizations especially during times of rapid change.

Values

  • Exceptional: Experience Coaching…it is a strategic partnership which uses discovery and a creative process to help clients maximize their professional and personal potentials. We believe our clients should have an exceptional and unique experience when working with us, so no of cookie-cutter programs.
  • Experience: Coaching is a professional service in which experience, accreditation, continuous personal and professional development, and connection make the difference in the results clients can achieve.
  • Partnership: Susan’s coaching training and approach is co-active, meaning “being together…in action.” We’re experts in leadership skills and building relationships and our clients are experts in their people and industries, only by creating deep relationships and honest communication can we create extraordinary results! “We love our clients…and we have their backs!”
  • Lifelong Learning: We are on a continuous quest for learning and development… we “walk our talk” by taking our personal and professional development seriously, without taking ourselves too seriously. We believe in continuous learning in the sciences (neuro, social, and physics), human behavior disciplines, and spirituality to keep our services innovative and “out of the box”.
  • Giving Back: I was one of MD ICF Founders and served on the MD-ICF Professional Development Committee for 5 years to give back to the coaching profession and support my commitment to enhancing and progressing the coaching profession. I also co-founded Kids 4 Kenya in 2009 to raise money for primary education in rural Kenya for kids in Africa and create an experience of volunteerism to US kids.

Vision

Begins with every individual being the leader within their own lives, teams, organizations, and communities. Our programs and services focus on innovative strategies in Leadership Development, Team Collaboration, and Organizational Alignment through methodologies rooted in coaching, positive psychology, and neuroscience.

 

Mission

To provide our clients with innovative tools, strategies, and solutions to equip their employees with leadership, agility, and resiliency skills to perform at their highest level.

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Coaching is a Professional Service

In which experience, accreditation, and continuous personal development (CPD) are essential. I have a BA in International Relations with a Business minor from Goucher College. My coach training and initial coaching credential (CPCC) through Co-Active Training Institute, considered the “gold standard” in coaching programs by the Institute of Coaching (Harvard Medical School affiliate); additionally, I have a second professional coach accreditation (PCC) through the ICF (the largest coaching organization in the world).

What our clients say…

Clients served:
University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins, Towson University, Maryland Bar Association, Erickson Living,
Learn Behavior, Walters Art Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Keswick, American Heart Association,
non-profits, legal firms, Fortune 500 pharmaceutical, financial, and PR/Advertising companies.

Testimonials:

Executive Director, non-profit

“As a new Executive Director, I was struggling with the need to reorganize my entire organization and to inspire the longstanding staff while making these changes. Embedded learned behaviors coupled with a dysfunctional/misaligned structure had created a nearly impossible situation for change. Using the DiSC Work of Leaders and 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team has given my senior…
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Department Head, non-profit

“The DiSC® Workplace workshop was invaluable for me and my team. As a new department head in the organization, I enjoyed seeing the different styles of my new team which helped me identify key gaps and ways in which I can better support them. The entire team enjoyed getting a small break from our “normal” work and…
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CEO & Esquire, Legal Technology Company

“The Coaching that Susan provided was phenomenal! As the owner of a company, I am pulled in multiple directions. I need my employees to take ownership of their teams, set goals, and quantify departmental visions. My company is in a growth mode, and I realized that my employees needed more support and guidance than the…
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Branch Manager, Mortgage Lending Industry

“I’ve had the fortune, over the past 2 1/2 years, to work with Susan Stern three times now. Initially, I hired her as an Executive Coach after attending a workshop where she was presenting to real estate professionals. She was presenting on Business Planning. She was engaging and innovative! At that time, I was considering…
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CEO, Baltimore, MD

“Susan has a wonderful way of blending her insightful questions and intense focus with her kind and gentle spirit. It is a pleasure to work with her through various personal and professional issues. During our conversations, I have learned personal truths about myself, while other times, we discuss the crisis of the day. Regardless of…
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Neuroscience, University of MD graduate school

“Peer Coach training is a wonderful way that we can reach out to students. After taking the course with Susan Stern and learning the methodology of peer coaching, I feel better prepared to assist students that come to me on a day to day basis – with small issues to large issues. As has been…
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Communications, University of MD graduate school

“I like that coaching does not preach a certain way or mentality but instead encourages self-discovery and challenges individuals to evaluate their lives at this moment in time. When focusing on academics it can be easy for students to lose sight of other dimensions of life and coaching can help facilitate awareness of how each…
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Medical Practitioner & Coach, Vermont

“I can’t say enough positive things about life coaching and Susan Stern. From my personal experience, I truly believe that she changed the way I look at myself, my dreams and the world around me. She gave me the tools and the confidence to make some changes to improve my life, make it more complete.My…
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Advertising Sales, Washington, DC

“Susan’s guidance and techniques have allowed me to develop critical life skills that involved looking at challenges in a new light. Instead of being a victim of life’s curve balls she taught me to see those obstacles as opportunities  I had lost that somewhere along the way. Susan taught me to celebrate myself, empower myself and…
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URec, University of MD graduate school

“The training Susan provided was invaluable as a new coach and higher education professional. As an educator, administrator and former student, we go through life with the mentality that we have fix everything. And fix it immediately. This was exactly my thought process after the initial Wellness Hub Coaching training a few years ago. However,…
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Molecular Biology, University of MD graduate school

“I honestly did not know what to expect in the peer coaching sessions, but the meetings have far exceeded any expectations I could have imagined. Susan has created an environment of honesty, trust, and learning where listening takes precedence. She has helped me identify ways in which I can improve my listening skills to better…
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Grad student

“I attended the webinar for balancing marriage in graduate school. I thought that it was amazing and that you did an amazing job. Please let me know if you will have other webinars in the future.”
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Grad student

“I really enjoyed all the webinars this semester- this is a great service for students. Please let me know if you are doing any more this year.”
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The best part about working with our clients is seeing the transformations come to life.