Mark Stimpson, VP, Human Resources Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
I’ve worked with many consultants over the years and Sue has a unique ability to challenge while supporting a group simultaneously.
She is a provocative coach.
I highly recommend you consider hiring Sue to design and facilitate strategy sessions, to guide your organization’s thinking regarding diversity and inclusion, as well as help your group be most effective while tackling the issues at hand.
Dan Leichtenschlag, President Acceller, Inc.
We hired Sue to stay ahead of the curve. She has a way of involving people immediately and continually provoked our thinking. Her energy is contagious. I recommend you hire Sue to work with your group for great results.
Gary Shenk, CEO, Corbis Images
Sue hit it out of the park!
I hired Sue to consult and facilitate two PEAK programs. She customized a two-day program that enabled us to identify the higher needs of our customers and plans to meet them. It was better than I could have imagined.
Next, she guided us through forming a culture team, developing a survey and facilitating an off-site to help us make Corbis a more inspiring place to work.
John Koselak, Executive Director, The Tamalpais, Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services
It has been a pleasure working collaboratively with you the past 18 months. Your insight and expertise were invaluable during the process to develop and establish our new and improved culture of hospitality. You were able to plan, shape and set priorities for our paradigm shift. You brought true value to the table.
Tessa ten Tusscher, Senior Healthcare Executive and Entrepreneur
Sue is a fantastic facilitator and guide. Unlike many, where the process can go around in circles, Sue is able to get people to be excited about learning new business methods, engages the group to think together and to take risks, and brings an energy that is really remarkable. I have seen Sue take a really disparate groups of people and within a couple of hours have them using the same language, learning from each other and reaching the goals of the meeting. Having Sue on the side of any group that wants to engage in change or reach new goals will be a huge asset!
Linda Sah Olshausen, Former HR Business Partner, NIKE
While at Catalyst, Sue was the lead consultant working closely with me on our company-wide, global culture survey. The project was extremely demanding due to the scale, scope, and organization’s complexity, compounded by an aggressive timeline overlapping several major holidays. Sue’s ability to quickly understand our highly-matrixed organization and its nuances, coupled with her subject-matter expertise, enabled her to translate the statistical data into meaningful trend analysis and actionable recommendations. She was a true partner in the project’s success: thorough, reliable, an effective communicator, and utmost professional. I welcome the opportunity to work with her again.
Aloka Sands Executive Director, Leadership & Organization Development at Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sue has been incredibly insightful, helping me navigate challenging projects by offering different approaches/solutions and coaching me through difficult situations.
On many occasions, her coaching helped me achieve more successful outcomes, as she asked the right questions and struck the perfect balance between providing needed advice and listening to help me identify what the right course of action would be.
I would not be where I am today in my career without Sue’s mentorship. She is by far one of the best coaches and consultants I have had the opportunity to interact with. Her knowledge of the field is superb and her extensive business experience has made her a deeply impactful coach.
I highly recommend working with Sue.
Jeremy S. Lurey, Ph.D. CEO, Plus Delta
For five years, Sue facilitated a Senior Staff leadership retreat with one of our longest-standing and most treasured clients. She consistently thinks outside of the box to customize her approach and delivery to meet her clients’ particular needs.
I recently hired Sue again to lead an Executive Team through a two-day retreat, which once again was highly customized and another home run.
One of the senior leaders even requested that she continue supporting her with direct 1:1 executive coaching as this leader transitioned into her new role within the organization.
Sue is my go-to person for designing and facilitating custom off-site meetings.
Pam Ahlgrim, Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Cedars Sinai Medical Center
“Sue has been focused and fearless when leading discussions that could have become contentious with a less skilled facilitator. She is very perceptive and engaged all participants. Our desired outcomes were achieved for the meeting.”
Russell Aarons, SVP of Marketing at Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment
“Sue Funkhouser has an unparalleled ability to assess an organization’s needs and architect a program that delivers results. I engaged Pinwheel Performance to conduct a 2 day leadership off-site which exceeded all my expectations and achieved desired results. Sue is an accomplished facilitator and has a gift of making people comfortable while involving and challenging them to think differently.”
Paul Izenstark SVP, Director of Strategy & Insights at Threshold Interactive
I can’t think of anyone more passionate than Sue about anything she touches. She’s an effective leader, strategic planner and motivator. She’s very selective about her endeavors and a true asset to any project or team. [For seven years, I supervised Sue while she was an advertising account executive at Lord, Dentsu & Partners.]
Director, Human Resource
Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Sue helped us to think through and consider all the implications of our approach and strategies before we set a course. Sue is a strategic and comprehensive thinker.
Teresa Lara, Communications Manager, Civic Engagement
University of Southern California
We hired Sue when we needed highly skilled facilitators to guide confidential dialogues between 41 state legislators on critical and timely issues. Of all the groups, Sue’s was the most challenging. Her inclusive and focused facilitation style was effective in getting legislators to develop realistic action plans for their state. I highly recommend you hire Sue to facilitate conversations or workshops – especially ones that may tend to be more difficult.
Lisa Levey, Diversity Consultant
Sue was a valuable thought partner of mine at Catalyst. She is very strategic in her thinking, highly creative in her approach, and able to move from concept to execution. She served as great sounding board for my consulting projects.
She relaunched the Employee Resource Groups Catalyst issue specialty team, and I watched her build an engaged virtual team which produced results ranging from training, accessible archives and a first-of-its-kind event sponsored by Microsoft.
Sue is engaging, responsive, high energy and a lot of fun.
Hector LaFarga, Jr., Executive Director at Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center
Sue is a dynamic facilitator who focuses on achieving quality outcomes. She is energetic, engaging and challenging. Whether the group is 5 or 50 people, Sue has a way of getting the everyone involved…she also has a great sense of humor! I would highly recommend her!
Lidwina van Kooten Vice President of Marketing Farmer John(division of Hormel)
I had the privilege to work with at Ogilvy on the Mattel Account. We faced a very challenging workload with staff reduced by over 50% and a commercial production schedule (of over 60 commercials) that remained unchanged. Sue is a natural leader with excellent project management skills–the work got done; on time and on budget.
Her knack for thinking strategically about an issue or project – considering all angles – was a bonus to the agency and our clients.
Nicole O’Hay, Organization Development Consultant
I have worked with Sue on a number of custom off-sites. One of her strengths is to comprehend the nuances of the client’s business challenges and then weave opportunities to address solutions into the over-all design. Sue has a wonderful ability to design and facilitate off-sites that seamlessly strengthen the effectiveness of the group as they plan compelling and impactful forward actions. Sue’s effervescent energy combined with her business acumen makes her an engaging and highly effective facilitator.
Marc Fischer, Co-Founder and CEO, Dogtown Media
As our company has grown, Sue’s guidance has helped our team become more communicative and aligned. She has coached our team to think strategically and understand the importance of shaping a strong company culture. Sue has become my trusted advisor and friend.