Reviews of Sue Heilbronner

What speaking, speaker coaching, facilitation, and executive coaching clients say about Sue

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Yoav Lurie
President & COO, Uplight
Sue is great and has been a game-changer for me. She helped me scale as a leader.
Devon Tivona
CEO, Pana
Working with Sue is an experience; she is at once my teacher, partner, confidant, friend, investor, and more. Beyond my co-founders, there are few others with whom I can be 100% vulnerable about myself and my company, and Sue is one of them. She has not only been valuable, but foundational to our success thus far, because we can dive deep and unadulterated into our challenges the instant we sit down together. This transparent relationship is rare and a true treasure, as it requires massive trust and buy-in from both sides. Sue is our greatest, secret, unfair competitive advantage.
Heather Frick
VP Go-to-Market Strategy, Oracle Data Cloud
To say that working with Sue is anything short of life-changing would be inaccurate. She is incredibly insightful, and a genius at quickly cutting through the muck to see the real issues. She will push your to the edge of comfort and authenticity until you break through to the other side, all the while engaging you with genuine warmth and joy. In the four years since I've known and worked with Sue, I have radically transformed in ways I didn't even think were possible. I can't recommend her enough!
Priti Patel
COO, Life-XT
Working with Sue has been an INCREDIBLE force in my life. She helped me do the tough work of facing my 'imposter voice' and see what happens when I step into my own power as a confident, heart-led, authentic leader. I love Sue most for her ability to take on a challenger role from a place of love, and always feel that she truly is ‘in my corner’ when I need it most. I’ll never forget her advice: 20 years from now, you’re not going to remember the day-to-day details or stressors of your job, but you WILL remember HOW you behaved. I never forget these words in the hardest of moments in my work, and truly believe it has helped me be the high-integrity leader I strive to be.
Leah Pearlman
Founder, DharmaComics
I’m not sure where Dharma Comics would be without Sue. Through her profound ability to see the reality of the present and vision for the future, she has helped develop my project from a hobby to a life’s passion, from a blog to a business.
Nadya Nguyen
Founder, Hidrate
Sue is PHENOMENAL! She dives in to your strengths to truly understand your style and give the development coaching best suited for you. That alone makes the time spent with her gold. Keeping my personal style in mind, she completely revamped Hidrate's investment pitch, bringing out the very best qualities both in the pitch and in me. Sue is the best coach a startup founder could ever ask for!
Krista Clement
CEO, Helper Helper
Sue is that coach in your life that is extremely dynamic and inspirational. One you remember for a long long time.

Facilitation & Consulting

Mark Josephson
CEO, Bitly
Sue gave us a master class on Mission, Vision, and Values, and I so appreciate the results.
Shawn Riegsecker
CEO, Centro
I am especially impressed with Sue’s knowledge and application of Conscious Leadership principles. I have practiced Conscious Leadership for over 15 years and I have worked with some of the best experts. I count Sue as one of those experts and greatly appreciate her directness, authenticity and inspiration in her work.
Delaney Keating
Managing Director, Startup Colorado
I want to offer, very truthfully, that our time with Sue was the most poignant, gritty, no frills, productive, and purposeful facilitation I have ever experienced. Sue is a force.
Kevin Brown
CEO, Friction Labs
Sue has the gift to immediately see the big picture and how it connects with an audience. More than an idea person, Sue has the ability to create a vision and bring it to life.
Gentzy Franz
Director of Organizational Development, Uptake
As we grew rapidly as a company, operationalizing the principles of consciousness was a priority. Having Sue be the first deep conscious point of contact for leaders and key individual contributors was invaluable to our success as we scaled. Her firm and loving facilitation style sent the signal that consciousness is more than a way of doing; it is a transformational way of being. She challenged our people to get uncomfortable and provided an excellent foundation for us to continue weaving consciousness into all that we do at Uptake.
Jim Dethmer
Founder, Conscious Leadership Group
Sue is masterful at the practice of authentic communication. For her it is not a nice theory but rather a way of life that has made her a transformational leader and a world class coach. She knows from practice practical ways to create candor in a culture. She walks the talk.
Chris White
CEO, Shinesty
Meeting with Sue is like mainlining adrenaline. She has infectious energy. I always leave with that "I'm about to conquer the fucking world" feeling. That's one hell of a feeling. There are very few people I've met who can bring that energy out in people consistently. Sue is the best.
Culture First Forum by Culture Amp
Sue is genuinely the best facilitator I have ever seen. She brought a unique lens to the discussions. I loved her style of moderating. I would go to any event she hosted.
Rachel Beisel
VP Marketing, QuickLeft
Sue’s ability to read people and situations coupled with her experience helped align every decisionmaker in the room on our company goals and our marketing and business development strategy.
Dave Cass
CEO, Uvize
Working with Sue was highly impactful and helped our team to implement a pragmatic strategy to mirror our big vision. I highly recommend and will continue to seek consulting from Sue.
Isabel McDevitt
CEO, Bridge House
The diverse leadership team of our growing nonprofit came together with Sue to explore opportunities to work more seemlessly together to achieve our mission. Sue demonstrated her remarkable ability to hone in on the key motivation and drivers for each individual. Sue not only led us through personal exploration; her skilled facilitation led to several profound “aha” moments for our team as a unit. In just a few hours, Sue offered a foundational understanding for how we can better complement and support each other. Our time with Sue will result in more productivity and impact for our work as individuals and as an organization.
Scott Meyer
CEO, Ghostery
Sue is great to work with. She holds the mirror up to our team so we can evaluate an outside perspective. At the same time Sue brings the experience of an operator so we can put that outside perspective into action.
Nancy Kepner
Executive Director, Foundation for Global Scholars
Sue’s commitment to her work with FGS surpassed any other person I’ve worked with, and I work with incredible people. She is simply a rare person who gives her all. In her presence, our team is engaged full-on. She inspires excellence – and then creates the structure for excellence to live.
Dave Query
CEO, Big Red F Restaurants
Sue raises the conversation by 9'10" in a 10'-high space.
Kelly A. Brown
Marketing Director, Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder
One thing I really appreciated about Sue’s facilitation is her keen ability to pick up on something that was said in passing and to encourage us to explore it more. In two instances in our offsite, those instincts to follow “off-agenda” paths opened up powerful conversations and provided meaningful insights.
Sarita Holzmann
President, Sonlight
Sue understood our business, helped hone and strengthen our message, came up with practical strategies on how to grow our business, and laid out a clear plan for our marketing presence. Sue is a pleasure to work with and brings much expertise.
Alex Raymond
CEO, Kapta
Sue had an uncanny ability to zero in on the key issues that faced our team and helped us work through them. She did so in a very caring, compassionate and unbiased way that left all of us feeling great and energized.
Barry Schwarz
CEO, Rustybrick
Sue is one of those rare people who meet that not only has an outstanding creative mind but also can implement the vision without flaw.
Elizabeth Kraus
Co-founder, MergeLane
Sue is a genius at working with startups and founding teams. The best I’ve seen. Her insights are rapid and spot-on, her feedback invaluable, and her love of entrepreneurs comes through in everything she does.
Alexandra Walterspiel
CEO, Imprint Hospitality
Sue had an uncanny ability to zero in on the key issues that faced our team and helped us work through them. She did so in a very caring, compassionate and unbiased way that left all of us feeling great and energized.
Evan Walden
CEO, Getro
It's easier to polish the surface than excavate the messy, rotten roots. But that work is so important because the rot is what kills. You're the best I've see at noticing the mess, inviting it, and sitting with it. There were so many opportunities for you to pivot into a safer space but you stayed focused on the Big Truth.
Willow King
CEO, Ozuke
I feel like so much good work already has occurred since we first met Sue, and on many levels. I appreciate Sue’s willingness to work on the full spectrum – language, tools, execution. She is a catalyst, indeed.
Shawn Osborne
President and CEO, Network for Teaching Entepreneurship
Sue asks the million-dollar questions.


Natty Zola
Managing Director, Techstars
Sue's session was powerful, meaningful and made a difference for our Techstars class (and me personally!). Sue brought us all a deeper understanding of ourselves and others by creating an environment where we felt comfortable diving into key issues.
Denver Lewis
Community & Conference Content Mgr, New Hope Network
Sue Heilbronner is a transformational speaker. She exemplifies conscious leadership and challenges her audiences to harness vulnerability in a powerful way. Her interactive presentation style and endearing zest are captivating, inspiring and absolutely magical. I could not be more pleased with her work and her spirit.
Chantal Pierrat
Founder and CEO, Emerging Women
Sue is damned funny and refreshingly authentic. In today's evolving business landscape, it's great to hear from somebody with experience who can also bring an out-of-the-box view of the future.
Susana Garcia-Robles
Principal, IADB Wexchange Annual Meeting
Sue's direct and engaging style coupled with her common sense and realistic approach to issues encountered by entrepreneurs resonated very well with the audience.
Tech Garden
Sue's breakout session was the most enlightening nugget of realness I have received in a long time. She's inspired a new level of accountability among people I met in that room. I know this because we're meeting to develop our own gut-check circle!
Wild Summit
I loved this session. Sue was so empowering, so down to earth, and so real and candid that there was an instant connection with everyone in the room. She was inspiring and gave us actionable takeaways to help improve our leadership.

Speaker Coaching

Nick Mehta
CEO of Gainsight
Can't thank you enough for the amazing speaker training work! I heard SO many positive kudos from attendees. Also I am listening to them myself (on the second one now)... super high quality and I'm taking away some uppercuts myself! Also LOVE the Hamilton rap battle reference.
Cyrus Mistry
Group Product Manager, Google
I interviewed many consultants before I found Sue and I instantly knew she was the one. Sue is one of the most intelligent, insightful, energetic, and fun consultants I've ever worked with. It is almost 100% thanks to her work and guidance that my Tedx presentation to thousands came out so incredibly well. My biggest concern is how long I'll have to wait before I can work with Sue again. If you're looking for someone to help you - look no further. There is truly no one like Sue and I would recommend her to absolutely everyone.
Dan Konigsberg
CEO, CampMinder
Sue is one of the most insightful people I've ever met. Within minutes, she was able to see through all of our BS and help us refine our keynote into something we will be proud of forever. Sue guided us to find our true, authentic voices, and a speech that was a 7 or 8 transformed into a perfect 10. We can't wait to work with Sue again.
Nils Vinje
Glide Consulting
Sue's guidance and expertise enabled me to deliver an exceptional presentation at the conference and I was voted a Top 10 presenter out of more than 200!
Seth Wylie
Principal, Customer Success Operations at Gainsight
Thank you for your help, Sue, the presentation today went great! I ran into a few people from our conference speaker training sessions, too, who said they were super happy with their sessions. So, very much appreciated. I feel like there's a lot that I can keep using again and again in the future, both on stage and in everyday meetings and interactions.
Brittany Habel
Customer Success Operations Manager at ServiceTitan
I wanted to reach out to say thank you for all your guidance and feedback throughout these speaker training sessions. This is my first time speaking at a conference, and your help was so greatly appreciated. While I have a performance background, this is a different world and your direction was insightful to say the least.
Amy Krill
Partner, Sterling Rice Group
The event and presentations were remarkable! Thank you again for your help.

Leadership Camps

Tina Scala
AVP of Sales, Invoca
This. $#!*. Will. Change. Your. Life.
Dave Faulk
Talent and Organizational Development, G2
This is REAL leadership exploration; none of that fluff that is typical of other leadership sessions.
David Secunda
Founder & CEO, WorkBright
Since the conscious leadership program the curriculum has become part of my daily cadence. Each morning I look through my agenda for the day and contemplate what aspects of the work I can bring to each interaction that I have to make it deeper, more affective, and transformational. The workshop was impactful at the moment, but continues to ripple forward with a greater and greater effect.
Michelle Frye
Director of Strategy, Trimble
Radical, refreshing, overdue, and a relief to finally relate to a leadership style.
Michael Sobota
Engineering Manager, Uplight
Graduate school of professional coaching.
Peter Kruger
Director of Customer Success, Pana
Camp is an intense self-exploration that enables higher forms of leadership. I visited a lot of uncomfortable topics and that felt like growth.
Odette Butler
Executive Director, Breast Cancer Detection Center
An opportunity to look deep into yourself and become the better you.
Carol Barash, PhD
Founder and CEO, Story2
Your process --and your loving way of helping people see what is obvious but not seen-- have enabled us to transform long-standing differences, to see them as differences and also as possibilities. Camp was a tremendous gift, and we are very grateful.
Tracy Saville
Co-founder & CEO, Herba, Inc
A catalyst experience for emerging leaders and a challenging experience for seasoned ones.
Amy Baglan
CEO, MeetMindful
My co-founder and I attended Camp together, and after seeing the impact, we sent the majority of our team. Today in our all-hands meeting, our lead developer said “biggest win last week was the Conscious Leadership workshop."
Keith Gruen
VP Operations, MeetMindful
Most of our team has gone to Camp, and I can see the impact on our business every day. Exploring how we work together has allowed us to grow faster as a company while also creating stronger and more authentic relationships on the team. Leadership Camp has made me a more open and authentic leader, and I'd encourage anyone to experience the shift for themselves!
Seth Levine
Managing Director, Foundry Group
Across our portfolio companies are recognizing the importance of conscious leadership as a critical skill in developing their organizations.
Lucia Ballard
Engineering Manager, Apple
Before Camp, I thought I was going to leave my job. Now I'm more engaged than ever.
Natty Zola
Managing Director, Techstars
Opened a door to self-awareness that I didn’t even know existed.
Stephan van der Mersch
Senior Analyst at Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb
An exploration of self-awareness and responsibility in service of being effective in the world.


Evan Hung
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Nikola Power
Vulnerable, challenging, and transformative.
Brad Bernthal
Professor of Entrepreneurship, Colorado Law School
Working with Sue, and the Forum group, integrated my professional and personal lives. This transformation has proved – so far – lasting and beneficial. Sue is exceptionally skilled, honest, smart, and – above all – benevolent in driving you to achieve what you’re looking for.
Mark Harrison
Product Manager, Trimble
At Leadership Camp, I was introduced to a set of assumptions and narratives that were driving my actions and reactions every day. Digging in with Sue and other committed individuals in the Forum, I really had the chance to understand, play with, and disarm aspects of my constructed personality that were not serving me well. Leadership Camp showed me what was possible; the Conscious Leadership Forum showed me what it takes to turn that possibility into a new reality of emotional authenticity and candor.
Tina Scala
AVP of Sales, Invoca
Forum has helped me become a more powerful and impactful sales leader. Conscious Leadership has equipped me to make cleaner, clearer agreements and to operate a stronger coach and mentor who gives more frequent, high-quality feedback to my teams.
Stephan van der Mersch
Senior Analyst at Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb
For me Forum was a supportive, grounding journey in to self, and a heart- and awareness-expanding journey into the multiplicity of experiences of my peers.

360 Reviews

Jason Herthel
President and Chief Operating Officer, Montage International
Sue’s straight-talking, incisive approach was instrumental in helping our executive team digest their 360-review feedback. Her incredible ability to help people focus and see themselves (and how they are perceived by others) with greater clarity helped unlock the value of the entire exercise.


Joseph Horning
Chairman of the Board, Horning Brothers
Sue Heilbronner has worked with our family on a few occasions. We've been impressed with the sensitive yet non-nonsense way she approaches complex issues. She's keenly perceptive of the group dynamic and unafraid to ask challenging questions- moving forward with care, curiosity, and openness. Sue ensures that each of us is showing up with integrity and that our personal narrative doesn't interfere with the necessary collaboration.
Generational leader
Family business
Thank you for your work, pushing the questions, holding space, and getting us over the edge. I feel much lighter and stronger. And I thank you for that.

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