The Sensational Shift with Susan Bernstein, MBA, PhD
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About Susan Bernstein


Susan Bernstein, MBA, PhD
Executive Coach & Leadership Consultant


My commitment is to support entrepreneurs, leaders, visionaries, and passionate professionals to step into their full power, so they can make the tremendous impact they were born to make in the world.

In virtually every role I’ve played in my career, I’ve found a way to be involved in supporting high-achieving professionals to navigate transitions and express their maximum potential as leaders. Along the way, I observed that the world is moving faster and faster. Whether through the external pressures of chaos and uncertainty, or through internal pressures, I watched smart, high-achieving professionals get held back from being their most sensational selves.

I’ve discovered that being well-educated, intellectually sharp, and professionally accomplished does not guarantee you’ll weather changes. In the marketplace, in company shakeups, and other shifts, you need more than your smarts to emerge from chaos feeling calm and confident. Especially if you’re driven and hard on yourself, when unexpected changes occur, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by stress, confusion, and emotional turmoil.

I’m out to shift all of that. I firmly believe that we can all get better at navigating change and uncertainty. And it’s not just about figuring out how to do things better and faster.

Navigating change is about feelings — both emotions and sensations. When harnessed and refined, your sensitivity is the superpower that allows you to radiate what’s truly sensational about yourself.

You shift into your most sensational self by listening to, trusting, and following the natural instincts and impulses of your body. Your body is so much more than a vehicle for carrying your brain around or an object to “dress for success.” Through your sensations, your body signals you to find your direction, navigate through chaos and conflict, connect in a powerful and gutsy way with others, and stand up and express what’s true for you.

My Professional & Educational Background

My ability to support professionals to become more confident, collaborative, and creative leaders comes from partly from pragmatic MBA strategic perspective that I honed in demanding executive development and management consulting roles at companies including Franklin-Covey, Intel, and Accenture, where I supported clients in volatile markets and transitions.

The other part of my expertise comes from deep psychological insights into the nature of personal and professional transformation, gleaned from my PhD level training in the cutting-edge perspectives of Somatic Psychology, also known as mind/body psychology. This relatively young branch of psychology draws from neuroscience, neurobiology, and mindfulness practices. I blend my talents to help clients move past the internal and external roadblocks that hold them back and create the momentum they seek for making positive change.

I earned my MBA at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and both an MA and a PhD in Somatic Psychology (also known as Mind-Body Psychology) at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, which became a division of the Chicago School for Professional Psychology.  

My Experience

My clients include individuals and groups at:

GE Medical Booz Allen Hamilton
Group Health Cooperative Cadence
IBM Charles Schwab
Intel Corporation Hewlett-Packard
Kaiser Permanente Intuit
Levi Strauss & Co. Levi Strauss & Co.
Procter & Gamble Oracle
Fuqua School of Business PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Haas School of Business Procter & Gamble
UCLA School of Business Wells-Fargo
Presidio School of Management Yahoo!

What You Can Expect from Me

Whether you’re seeking individual coaching with me, a customized workshop your organization, or to book me for a speaking engagement, when we work together, you can expect a few signature moves. I will…

I can undeniably promise a fresh sense of direction, new possibilities, and actionable “next steps” to everyone who commits to working with me.

If you want to harness a greater capacity for making changes, and want to feel calm, clear, and confident, even in the chaos of it all, take the next step: Reach out and call me or send me an email. Click here, and let’s connect!

In the Media

If you want to know more about my philosophy on shifting into your sensational self, these interviews and articles will give you a sense of where I stand.

I Stand on Strong Shoulders

I’m honored to have studied with some sensational movers and shakers, who have influenced my work and the way I can support you and your team. My mentors and coaches include:

On the New Landscape of Business
Tara Gentile, Business Strategist
Andrea J. Lee, Activist & Entrepreneur
MJ Ryan of Thinking Partners
Marie Forleo and BSchool

On How to Access Our Innate Power + Intelligence

Susan Aposhyan, author, Natural Intelligence
Christine Caldwell, PhD, Founder of The Moving Cycle Institute
Kathlyn Hendricks, PhD The Hendricks Institute
Peter Levine, PhD, Founder of Somatic Experiencing
Judyth Weaver, PhD, Tai Chi and embodiment practices

On How Movement Impacts Our Wisdom
Anat Baniel, The Anat Baniel Method
Russell Delman – Feldenkrais
Zuza Engler, PhD, Soul Motion
France-Laud Gohard, Nia
Andrea Juhan, PhD, Open Floor International
Karen Roeper, Essential Motion
Tina Stromsted, Authentic Movement

On How Improvisation Makes Us More Adaptable
Nina Wise, Founder of Motion Theatre
Ann Randolph, Actress, Playwright



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