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Suzi Pomerantz, MT, MCC is an executive coach , performance consultant, and corporate trainer specializing in leadership development with Fortune 500 clients, attorneys and public sector leaders. Suzi holds an international certification as a Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.

In recent years, Suzi has served clients primarily in the legal industry. Suzi has coached executives, senior managers, and attorneys in the law departments of Tyco International, DuPont, Goldman Sachs, General Motors, Sears, and Welch’s. Suzi facilitated Tyco’s Global Law Department Summit in 2004. As an executive coach for the management of the legal department at DuPont for over 6 years, Suzi contributed to the development and growth of the nationally acclaimed DuPont Legal Model. Suzi coached the leaders of the DuPont Legal Model Program and coordinated the strategic design and implementation of the annual and mid-year meetings with the law firms who represent DuPont. She was integrally involved in the planning, implementation, and facilitation of the annual Conference for Women and the Practice of Law for DuPont for its first 3 years as well as the DuPont Minority Counsel Conference. Suzi served as the coach to the leadership teams of the DuPont Women Lawyer’s Network and the Minority Counsel Network.

Suzi is often asked to facilitate law firm retreats or design development sessions in leadership, mentoring, communication, networking and team building for delivery in such law firms as Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor. She has presented at the Legal Marketing Association and the Business Development for Women Attorneys conference, held in co-operation with the ABA Law Practice Management Section. Suzi has provided executive coaching services to senior partners, board members, and managing partners in law firms such as Thorp Reed & Armstrong, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, Goldberg Kohn Bell Black Rosenbloom & Moritz, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, Shearman & Sterling, McGuire Woods Battle & Boothe, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Davis & Poovey and many others.

Since starting Innovative Leadership International LLC in 1993, Suzi has coached and trained thousands of leaders in over 100 organizations across many industries, including: Accenture, Goodwill Industries International, Naval Sea Systems Command, Lockheed Martin, American Express Financial Advisors, Pfizer, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Calvert Investments, Emco Ltd.; Fairfax County Public Schools; FTI Consulting, Inc.; Supreme Court of Virginia; U.S. Agency for International Development; U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency; the United States Postal Service and Freddie Mac. A frequent speaker on various coaching and leadership topics, Suzi has also published several articles and was featured in the Washington Post business section (find articles posted on our website: As the executive officer of Innovative Leadership International LLC, Suzi has brought together a powerful team of high-level coaches, trainers, facilitators, and consultants to expand her firm’s offering and to provide resources beyond her own competencies to her clients.

Suzi specializes in team and individual business coaching and diversity training and served as the leadership coach to a Roundtable of Women Business Owners in Montgomery County, MD. She also develops leaders in presentation skills, teambuilding, sales, planning and conducting effective meetings, and facilitating change. Suzi has presented at the International Executive Coaching Summit, an invitation-only annual gathering of senior executive coaching experts, and taught a course for executive coaches at the Executive Coach Academy. She has also delivered guest lectures to undergraduate and master level classes at George Washington University, Loyola University, and the University of Virginia. She served on both the Executive Coaching Committee and the Application Review Committee of the International Coach Federation and served on the International Executive Coaching Summit Planning Committee. Suzi is a founding member of and frequent contributor to the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations (IJCO) and currently serves on the editorial board. Suzi is a founding member and the Vice Chair on the board (Executive Committee) of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations (ICCO). She partners with Executive Skillworks, Sugarcrest Development Group, and CommCore Consulting in the Washington, DC area, with Mariposa Leadership and RunRhino in California and with Visionquest Consulting in Massachusetts.

Suzi was the founding vice president of POWER, a non-profit organization that provides trainers and consultants to charitable organizations. Professional affiliations include the National Association for Female Executives, International Coach Federation, GE Foundation Entrepreneurs, International Executive Coaching Summit, and ICCO.

Currently, Suzi is working with successful executive coaches and consultants who are looking to take their businesses to the next level. She teaches an action selling system that integrates networking, marketing and sales in a structured format that allows coaches and consultants to customize their business development. She is the author of Sealing the Deal: Ten Steps to Building Your Business Your Way, due out in 2006.


William Bergquist, Ph.D . is a n internationally-known coach, consultant, trainer and educator. Having received his Bachelors Degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, Bill went on to do graduate work at Harvard University under a Rockefellar Brothers Fellowship, and completed his Doctoral Degree in Psychology at the University of Oregon. As an author, researcher and scholar, Bill has written more than 40 books and 50 articles over a period of thirty five years. Bill studies and writes about profound personal, group, organizational and societal transitions and transformations. He has conducted research and scholarship in North America, Europe and Asia to establish the foundation for his written work. His publications range from the personal transitions of men and women in their 50s and the struggles of men and women in recovering from strokes, to the experiences of freedom among the men and women of Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. His book, The Postmodern Organization, has been identified as one of the 50 classics in organizational theory and has been translated into both Italian and Mandarin. In Our Fifties (with Klaum and Greenberg) was featured on Good Morning America and in several metropolitan newspapers. The Vitality of Senior Faculty (with Carole Bland) received the annual research award in 1998 from the American Educational Research Association. The Four Cultures of the Academy, Designing Undergraduate Education (with Gould and Greenberg), and A Handbook for Faculty Development (three volumes) (with Steven Phillips) have been widely acknowledged and cited as seminal publications in the field of higher education.

As an entrepreneur and owner of The Professional School of Psychology (PSP) for almost twenty years, Bill Bergquist has created a unique opportunity for accomplished, mature adult learners to obtain a high quality graduate degree at a highly affordable price and in one of several instructional formats that provides appropriate access for the busy, working professional. Located in Sacramento California, PSP offers Masters and Doctoral degrees in both clinical and organizational psychology. Bergquist has also participated in the creation of (and now co-owns) another closely-held educational enterprise—the William James Graduate Institute—which focuses on the reunification of psychology, philosophy, spirituality and religion.

As a coach, consultant and trainer, Bill Bergquist has served more than 1,000 corporations, government agencies, human service agencies, college and universities, and churches over the past 40 years. Having consulted, trained and coached in organizations throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, Bill has written extensively about consulting, coaching and training strategies in more than two dozen publications, and has co-founded the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations (now in its fourth year of operation). Along with Suzi Pomerantz and several other world-class coaches, Bill Bergquist recently founded the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations — a major, collaborative initiative involving very senior level executive coaches from countries and diverse institutions throughout the world. As owner of The Professional School of Psychology (PSP), William Bergquist also has initiated The Coaching Alliance . This charter organization of PSP is a multi-program initiative that provides training, coaching, consulting, and research services throughout the world, and has published Executive Coaching: An Appreciative Approach (now in its second edition) , Executive Coaching: Resource Book 2000 , Performance Coaching: Resource Book 2002 . and Organizational Coaching; Resource Book 2005 . At the present time, Bill Bergquist is devoting significant time to long-term international projects on peer-based organizational coaching in the Yukon Territory of Canada as well as in Taiwan.

As an educator , Bill Bergquist has taught in the fields of psychology, organizational behavior and development, management, public administration and public policy in more than two dozen colleges, universities and graduate institutions. The postsecondary institutions in which he has taught range from the University of California in Berkeley, California to the Tallinn Polytechnic Institute in Tallinn, Estonia, and from Dominican University in San Rafael, California to College One , an experimental liberal arts summer college held for three years at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Bill is currently teaching extensively in his own school (PSP), having established a unique doctoral tutorial program that enables him to work one-on-one with highly accomplished doctoral students—one of Bill’s lifelong dreams.

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