Susan and her class after leadership training in El Salvador.
Susan and her class after leadership training in El Salvador.

Susan’s passion is to see the world through other people’s eyes and tap into their knowledge and expertise. This interest began when she studied anthropology and agriculture in college to prepare for a career in international development. She felt that it was crucial to understand people’s cultures and values, and discover how they would solve their own problems. Since then, she has continued to bring that passion to her diverse work in leadership development, microenterprise for women, teambuilding, strategic planning, negotiation, mediation and global health projects. She founded Dialogue for Solutions in 1989. 

Watch Susan in Action...

Take a moment to see Susan discussing how to resolve conflict in a presentation to the Appreciative Inquiry Learning Community in Washington, DC

Core Values

Career Highlights

  • Received Faculty Excellence Award from Graduate School USA
  • Interviewed about international conflict resolution on Voice of America call-in TV show that reaches 85 million people worldwide 
  • US Agency for International Development: Facilitated implementation of health care road map in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • National Public Radio: Wrote guidebook on diversity in the workplace to help attract, hire, and retain a diverse workforce
  • United Nations Management Development Centre: Presented workshops on leadership and negotiation skills, and coached participants worldwide 
  • Association for Conflict Resolution, Washington, DC, chapter: Delivered presentation on “Resolving Conflict across Cultures” at annual conference
  • US Courts for the Ninth Circuit: Presented session on conflict management for conference in Las Vegas
  • Facilitated retreats for Institute of International Education Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program focused on strategic planning and communication

Academic Experience and Professional Certifications

Academic Experience:

  • American University – As adjunct professor, taught course on negotiation, teambuilding, and diversity
  • University of Virginia – Designed facilitation training for students and faculty on issues of race, age, ability, culture, gender, and violence
  • University of Maryland James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership and – Taught leadership communication
  • Johns Hopkins University – Guest lecturer for course on conflict resolution
  • MA – International Affairs, The George Washington University
  • BS – Agriculture and Anthropology – University of Florida (transferred from Tufts University)


  • International Coach Federation (ICF) certification – Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Coaching Certification – Coach University 
  • Mediation Certification – Supreme Court of Virginia Department of Dispute Resolution
  • Virtual Instructional Learning Technology Program (VILT) certification – InSync
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) certification – Otto Kroeger Associates
  • Design Thinking Seminar – Stanford University Design Lab and International Society for Performance Improvement