Success Stories

“Jane Cavanaugh is a sensational consultant, facilitator and leadership coach. As an HR Leader, I’ve had the pleasure of not only being coached by Jane, but I’ve also contracted her serves for many of my key internal clients. All of these engagements concluded successfully and yielded results that exceeded the clients’ expectations. My internal clients consistently provide feedback such as…
• “Jane is extremely insightful and challenges you to think in new ways.”
• “Jane asks tough questions that allow for the creation of business solutions you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. I appreciate the support!”
I would recommend Jane’s services to anyone that is serious about building talent!”

Christopher Henry
Christopher HenryCorporate Vice President of Talent and Change Management at Sutter Health

“Susannah is an exceptional facilitator, presenter and coach. She is equally effective with frontline leaders and high level executives. She has a great skill of creating trust/comfort with individuals and groups, and then pushing them to challenge their thinking and consider new perspectives. Susannah gets excellent results in collaboration with others by combining her strong experience, intelligence and expertise with a great sense of humor and an approachable style.”

David Hall
David HallPrincipal Consultant, National Leadership Development at Kaiser Permanente

“Susannah is an inspirational leader. She is an extraordinary teacher and knows how to bring out the best in other people. As a Coach she seeks to understand, challenges others and holds people accountable. Her classroom facilitation skills are outstanding. I highly recommend Susannah as a coach and facilitator. ”

Kathy Reddick
Kathy ReddickVP Talent Development and Employee Experience

“Jane facilitated a one-day strategic planning session to help us begin creating a product roadmap for the next 3-5 years. I’m amazed how well she organized this session and how quickly she became one among the team. She gives the feeling that she’s already an expert in our domain. Jane was able to both facilitate our conversation and take excellent notes that really captured our work clearly. That makes it easy for our teams to take the next actions easily. She really made this session work. Participants said the process Jane designed and facilitated made it easy and comfortable for them to speak up; they appreciated that everyone’s opinion was openly considered, without criticism.”

Satya Dixit
Satya DixitSr Director, Systems & Applications, Rohm Semiconductor

“I’ve known Jane for almost 10 years, first meeting her as a participant in a course she taught and later bringing her to our Colorado site to do numerous training and facilitation events. Jane’s training style has made the leadership class she teaches here one of the most popular classes we offer. She is engaging in a way that makes everyone feel comfortable participating. No matter what you put out there you feel heard. Her feedback to participants is thoughtful and focused. With me, she gave very insightful feedback that resonated in a way that has helped me in all aspects of my work. Jane weaves in her corporate experience in ways that bring course concepts to life and opens people up to asking a different level of questions.”

 Judi Spontarelli
Judi SpontarelliSr HR Business Partner

“Susannah is a magician. If you have a high stakes presentation to give – ie to a large audience, company all hands, etc., Susannah will help you deliver high impact. Before presenting and all-day class to all people manager’s in Twitter’s sales organization, she helped me refine my content to make it punchier, more compelling, and more memorable. The 6 hours I spent with Susannah on this project were the most valuable I spent with anyone. Could not possibly recommend her more highly.”

Russ Laraway
Russ LarawayVP of People, Qualtrics

“My executive coaching time with Jane was some of the most valuable hours I have spent as a leader. The experience was not about ‘performance needs improvement,’ but about growing oneself to the next level of leadership, stretching oneself to be the best one can be. It provided great insight into things I knew about myself, personally, but didn’t know were ‘showing up’ at the office. I continue to use what I learned every day, and I and others can see the difference this level of coaching has made.”

Karianne Holguin
Karianne HolguinManaging Director, Process Management and Analysis

“Susannah is the real deal. We’ve hired her to work with some of our key executives for both general exec coaching and presentation coaching. So many of the coaches I’ve worked with in the past have a very general focus and no real direction in what/how they’re working on with clients. Susannah makes sure that the purpose and outcomes are laid out up front and that each session is leading us closer to those objectives. She is the one that our executives ask for when they’re prepping for a presentation, wanting to tell a story, and/or needing to deepen their leadership capabilities. I, personally, have also worked with Susannah and find her to be a great mix of support + encouragement AND holding me accountable for what I said I was going to do.”

Melissa Daimler
Melissa DaimlerPeople & Organizational Development Executive

“Thank you for making the CDA (California Dental Association) 2010 Regional Leadership Trainings exceed the expectations of the planners and participants. Your energy and excitement about the material, as well as the skills and training you provided, allowed participants to leave with a truly enriched understanding and practical experience of strategic planning. All the [dental societies] involved in the training walked away with an improved plan of action for going forward.”

Gary Dougan, DDS, MPH Chair
Gary Dougan, DDS, MPH ChairLeadership Development Committee California Dental Association

“Jane brings a unique blend of experience and passion to her work. Whether she is training a class, facilitating a meeting, driving change, or teaching people to do these things themselves, she is passionate about ensuring that people reach their full potential.

She has very strong intuition that she uses to take learning beyond the curriculum and discussions below the surface, in order to reach valuable outcomes. She is comfortable with complex topics, challenging situations, and diverse audiences. She connects well with a broad spectrum of people ranging from interns to CEOs. Many people and organizations are better for having worked with her, as I am.”

Kenn Perry
Kenn PerryFormer COO at IONU

“When we began planning an extremely important meeting with top customers that had visibility all the way up to our Senior VPs and CEO, the first person I thought of bringing in to facilitate was Jane. I know from past experience, Jane sets leaders up for success through planning and preparation. Because of the time she spent up-front planning with us, we walked in confident about how the meeting would go, start to finish. Even more importantly, she helped us gear up for success by setting right expectations with customers prior to the meeting.

Jane knows how to let people have their discussions, then get clear agreement on what’s most important, even when she’s not a subject matter expert. She expertly moderates not only participants but the leaders themselves. She politely prevents bias from entering into discussions that are intended to have full, even participation. As a result, even in big forums, everyone feels like they are heard and we hit our end goal.”

Hitesh Patel
Hitesh PatelDirector of Software Product Marketing

“Jane is an amazing facilitator whom I’ve had the pleasure of both learning from and working with. Because Jane was so skilled at practicing the facilitation skills she teaches, we hired her to facilitate our first Customer Advisory Board event. Jane completely understood the objectives of our executive team and managed the event in a way that ensured our customers were heard. She instantly developed a positive relationship with our customers that put them at ease, making them feel valued and free to be fully present during the event. Her ability to solve problems on the spot was put to the test when the customers needed more support and time to caucus. She made the decision to alter the agenda, which ultimately provided the exact outcome our executive team had hoped for. We are thrilled with Jane’s professional approach and will be asking her to facilitate our future CAB events.”

Darby Mason-Werner, Certified Trade Show Marketer
Darby Mason-Werner, Certified Trade Show MarketerExecutive Briefing Center Program Manager

“I have known and worked with Jane for more than 10 years. Her abilities as a facilitator put her at the top of my list when I think about putting a new team together or helping an existing team improve performance. I have found her ability to work with me to plan a team event simply outstanding. With her deep experience, she quickly can see what is going on with a group, diagnose hazards, and recommend a course of action. I have observed Jane in action with difficult players her patience and analytic ability has proven very effective at helping to generate real progress and solutions. When working with Jane, I have complete confidence that the situation is under control and heading for a positive outcome.”

Thomas Weis
Thomas WeisSenior Director Quality & Reliability

“The work Jane has done in training and assisting my team and I in delivering more interactive presentations/training simply make us better at our jobs. When you have a group of highly technical folks who can provide tons of data, presentations/training can become rather dry for portions of the audience. Jane is very effective at helping technical people become much better at interacting with the audience to ensure the desired learning is taking place. She listens very well and then provides relevant ideas and guidance on what will make presentations/training more useful for the recipients; which is the whole idea in the first place. People’s time is becoming more and more precious so every minute you get with them needs to be maximized. No more “death by PowerPoint” once you’ve worked with Jane Cavanaugh!”

Greg Brown
Greg BrownBusiness, Product & Tech Manager

“I’ve known and/or worked with Jane for over 4 years, and somehow, in her inimitable style, she not only coached me without me even knowing it, but also filled that role for other senior people in our [former] organization.

Whether Jane’s facilitating, running training sessions, or coaching executives, it’s not a contrived method. She comes at it from a place of curiosity. Jane is naturally curious about people, organizations, and processes, and she asks good, thought-provoking questions to get us to think. This is the mark of a good coach. Even though coaching programs can teach this skill, it’s best done as part of the coach’s natural DNA – and this describes Jane. I would call on her anytime to help me with any issues I’m addressing. She lends great credibility to all that she does.”

Ed Martin
Ed MartinFormer VP of Learning & Development, Pandora

“Jane is an animated, engaging speaker–one of the top speakers we’ve had present to our company’s Professional Women’s Group. Jane didn’t just “present”–she asked the audience great questions and included fun activities that really got us thinking. She did a great job including remote people participating by video conference. Her topic (The Passionate Professional: How to Make Your Ordinary Career Extraordinary) drew in over 100 participants, one of the highest levels of attendance we’ve ever had for this speaker series.”

Theresa Estrada
Theresa EstradaChair, Professional Women’s Group

“Of all the money spent on my training, coaching has been the best investment. The coaching program I went through with Jane allowed me to learn and implement things incrementally. I made real change that led to a complete turnaround in my career. I’m really grateful to have had this opportunity.”

Tony Vecchiet
Tony VecchietSenior Manager IT Operations

“My work with Jane moved my life from a world of limits to a world of infinite possibility. Through a creative inventory of my skills, talents, and passions and an insightful examination of perceived limitations, my life completely shifted. I moved from feeling completely stuck in a career with which I had outgrown to pursuing a Phd in Philosophy and beginning a new life as a college professor. Jane believed in me. That alone is worth its weight in gold.”

Paul McNees
Paul McNeesPersonalization Lead Mentor at AltSchool

“Jane’s coaching has changed my life. She helped me recognize that my approach [to my role as Executive Admin to the CEO] wasn’t working. I think she held a mirror up, in a very kind way, that made me look at how others see my actions, whether they were physical actions or my words. Jane helped me become comfortable with who I am, without my title. Across my entire life, this made a difference. For example, instead of sitting away from people, I sit next to them, I sit with them. I’m much happier with my life, with myself.”

Jeanne Loomis
Jeanne LoomisRetired Executive Administrator