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Oconomowoc, WI – Susan is a well-regarded speaker, leadership advisor, and founder of Backbone Institute working with high performance leaders in the public and private sector, non-profit agencies, and public education. Susan is also the acclaimed author of four books Mom’s Gone Missing: When A Parent’s Changing Life Upends Yours, How to Grow A Backbone: 10 Strategies for Gaining Power and Influence at Work, Of Beauty and Substance: A Backbone Guide for Women, and Life. Be In It.

Before launching her own company, Susan led a turnaround of a private marketing firm in the mid-1990s, which was the practical culmination of years of learning.

When she started her own company, she became instrumental in helping clients learn strategic and marketing planning and professional development. The common thread through all her work was leadership growth. In perhaps an ironic twist of fate, this work fortified her for a more personally grueling chapter of assisting her parents through their battles with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

Several years after her parents’ deaths, Susan established monthly online Compassion Chats, which have rapidly become an indispensable resource for caregivers needing guidance with the challenges associated with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

In fact, Susan was inspired to write Mom’s Gone Missing the true story of both her parents’ battle with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Susan says many of us are unpredictably thrown into caregiver roles without being taught how to cope.

All of Susan’s work is indicative of her passion to help others lead with purpose and intentionality.

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