Suzanne's Approach

Calm.  Authentic. Direct. Curious. Non-judgmental.  These are some of the words that clients and colleagues use to describe Suzanne She brings all of these characteristics to her work supporting individuals, groups and organizations in asking hard questions, delving deeper and aligning themselves with their goals and values - all with the purpose of most effectively pursuing positive change in the world.

As a trainer and facilitator, Suzanne believes that meetings, gatherings and trainings have to be interactive in order to keep participants engaged.  She employs a variety of tools to solicit participation and get people moving around throughout.

Suzanne's Bio

Suzanne is an independent consultant specializing in facilitation, organizational development and strategy, curriculum and program design and coaching.  She is also a highly experienced trainer on service learning and social justice topics, having designed and facilitated hundreds of hours of workshops over the course of her career.  She brings over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit social change sector to her consulting practice supporting individuals and organizations in doing their most effective work.    Suzanne is an expert in the field of Jewish service learning and has developed, evaluated, and revised multiple service learning and social justice curricula and programs for a variety of organizations, including AVODAH and Repair the World.  During her eight years at AVODAH, she served within all levels and functions of the organization, from program to development to HR to finance to strategy, also serving as the Acting Executive Director for 8 months during the organization's recent executive transition.  Suzanne also oversaw several recent expansions of AVODAH's programs and drove the organization's most recent strategic planning process which resulted in the design and launch of the organization's first new program in its 16 year history, as well as a revised approach to its work with its alumni network.  Suzanne was selected for the inaugural cohort of the Schusterman Fellowship, a prestigious fellowship focused on strengthening the leadership skills high-potential leaders in the Jewish community.  Suzanne also recently completed a graduate certificate in facilitation through Georgetown University. Suzanne has written extensively on issues of racial justice, poverty and service learning and had writing published by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Zeek, Kveller, eJewishPhilanthropy, and Raising Race Conscious Children.

 

My Writing

Ferguson and Eric Garner Are Symptoms of a Deeper Problem (JTA)

Deepening Our Days of Service (Zeek)

I Talked to My Son About Poverty.  Here's What Happened... (Kveller)

Addressing Racial Bias is a Form of Jewish Engagement (eJewishPhilanthropy)

7 Jewish Books for Kids that Promote Diversity (Kveller)

Why I Want To Read Books with Protagonists of Color To My White Son (Raising Race Conscious Children)