Suzanne de Janasz, Ph.D.

Engaging women and their organizations to learn, challenge, and act in ways that level the playing field

For nearly 30 years, Dr. de Janasz has engaged with individuals and organizations on six continents, facilitating increased self-awareness, interpersonal/leadership skills, and higher-quality relationships...leading to higher performance and wellbeing. Her research, consulting and speaking focuses in particular on helping level the playing field for women using a scaffolded approach: ensuring more equitable systems and processes in organizations and strengthening women’s ability to succeed in leading, negotiating, and facilitating change. (One example includes: In addition to customized and transformative workshops for mid- and senior-career women, Suzanne runs workshops for high-school girls...whose self-limiting narratives need to change sooner.

A highly sought-out and dynamic speaker and podcast guest, Dr. de Janasz incorporates the latest research and hands-on simulations to help participants recognize and overcome fears and unconscious habits that impede their ability to achieve equitable and high-value outcomes for them and their organizations. In a "comfortably uncomfortable" setting, new habits begin to replace old ones, allowing confident, competent negotiators to emerge and become allies for those who need the boost.

Suzanne has worked with such clients as Nestlé, BAE Systems, Freddie Mac, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Maersk, and has taught in programs for Harvard, IMD, and Duke. Suzanne publishes regularly in outlets such as Harvard Business Review, Dialogue, and global newspapers...along with textbooks in use around the world. A recent piece in HBR has been getting lots of attention ( from men and women, as it challenges conventional wisdom that negotiation "starts" with preparation; instead, it starts when we recognize and decide to engage in opportunities--even small, "everyday" ones.

Some testimonials include:

“This is the best negotiations course that I have taken. I have thoroughly enjoyed the discussions, learning from others, and more about myself.”
- Jimettra Lundy, Contracts Manager, BAE

“Being a successful negotiator is about more than just optimizing dollars and cents—it’s about finding creative solutions that work for all parties involved. Suzanne provides a comfortable environment in which to hone your skills and her expertise enables her to provide invaluable feedback. I learned advanced strategies in preparing for and conducting negotiations in a safe space, which helped me to confront my fears and bolster my self-confidence. Highly recommended!” - Shannon Bray, MIRM, MCSP, General Marketing Manager, Van Metre Homes

“Incredibly useful and thought-provoking workshop. Her passion for her topic infused us with motivation, inspiration AND skills. I typically get uncomfortable with role-playing, but I found that practicing as we did here was invaluable.” - Christina M. Surawicz, MD MACG, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Professor of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine

Some topics include (and are sometimes delivered to women-only audiences to increase comfort): Gender Balance in the Workplace, Leading Transformational Change, Engaging and Succeeding in Negotiation, Leading for Creativity and Innovation, Empowering Individuals and Teams, Capitalizing on Everyday Negotiations, The Art and Science of Persuasion, Cultivating Networks and Mentors for Career Success, Leading with Emotional Intelligence, Leading and Negotiating Across Borders, Coaching for High Performance, Sustainable Leadership, Aligning Careers from the Inside Out, Beyond Juggling: Achieving a Sustainable Work-Life Balance.

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