Dr Katie Eastman, PsyD, Grief and Loss Therapist|International Speaker| Author

“I have to say this Retreat was magical! It  helped me put my career ideas to paper and into a schedule of strategies and tasks. And I received feedback to help me see how others view me instead of the critical voices within me. Sue’s facilitation is a wonderful combination of head and heart. She knows how to be professional and lead with compassionate confidence – holding to timelines and structure while also allowing a personal flow of ideas – a rare combination. The coaching prep work I did with Sue and the Retreat itself have been invaluable. I am so grateful I finally took the step to do it.”

“What meant the most was the time to reflect while meeting other women in like circumstances and having Sue’s very balanced, very empathic guidance. This helped me find my own voice about my situation. For any woman considering the Retreat I would say ‘Be open to what may emerge for you.’ It helped me name specific areas I want to address and make really meaningful changes.”

~ Cara Tripodi, LCSW, CSAT-S, MSS| Author, Executive Director STAR Inc.

Sue provided me with a safe and well-structured process to guide me to some inner thoughts that were suppressed under the weight of working life. As a result of her masterful support, I was able to make two key decisions: 1) to disengage from a work partnership that was not bringing me the satisfaction and fulfilment I aspired to, and 2) to find a way to return to my first love, singing! – something I “put on hold” for 15 years. I am now actively involved in new work endeavours with new partners, and a fabulous chamber choir that is of a calibre that I find challenging and immensely fulfilling. I am deeply indebted to Sue for supporting me through that journey.”

~ Fiona Henderson, Senior Partner Hanya Consulting UK, London Business School Coach

My breakthrough moment was laughing when I shared my scenario about retiring and “doing whatever.” I did not know until I said that how much I did NOT want to retire. Burst my bubble and planted me on a whole new path. It saved me so much lost time. Thank you Sue.


~ Sandy MR, 2018 Retreat

Dr. Melanie Roth, Veterinarian, Owner Indian Head Animal Clinic:

At this Retreat I was finally able to make some decisions and firm commitments about my future after years of waffling in indecision. I would recommend it for ANY women over 50 trying to determine their “what next?” Sue was a fantastic guide, She is intuitive and enthusiastic and knows how to say just the right thing. I loved her poems and stories! It was just perfect.”



Julie, Senior Leader, Peace Corp

"I highly recommend this for women who are seeking clarity and support on their paths and would love to hear themselves in the reflections of other women. Sue hears and senses right where people are. Her insights are keen about what connects from women's sharing. She is incredibly respectful and patient with each person's process, and also spells out exactly where we're going next. She held the space in a way that honored each woman, and as a result the group was really supportive, open, talented, and funny. The opportunity to "empty out" and listen compassionately to other women enriched me greatly."

Wendy Hupperich, Certified Ontological Coach:

“The scenarios exercise Sue uses lets your ideas have wings on paper. Having each of my  scenarios heard and listened to — not just spinning in my head — was the most meaningful part of the Retreat for me. Sue created a sound and solid space for us to reflect and discover and be seen. I am so grateful for the beautiful new friends in my life and the year we will have together and all this time in the Retreat to reflect and share.”

Ellie Sciarra, International Tap Teacher / Owner, TAPS are Talking:

The space in our group was alive, open, and fluid. There were no limitations on what each of us brought. The willingness of each person to speak, share, and find words for what is often wordless was nothing less than holy. Sue is a brilliant master at what she does. She holds the container of time, intention, support, and listening to such a high level. Her keen insights and the reading of poems, readings, stories were a perfect mix at the Retreat. We were all breathing the same sweet air of being women, time-traveling with each other in meaningful ways. I loved it.

Praise for Sue’s Women’s Retreats

Maura F.

Women out there, I would say, “Do it!”  If you are seeking a journey of personal exploration, a skilled guide to help lead the way, a nurturing community to support you, this Retreat is fulfilling. Sue’s gentle and encouraging guidance and feedback and the container she created allowed each of us to show up as individuals. She is skilled and caring, present and patient, and the pace and flow was perfect.”

“The Retreat process was PROFOUND. I have never seen anyone put together such a complete and also reflective flow! I had no idea I would be reviewing everything I’ve done with so much awe and support, and with so much self-valuing. That is one of the things that came out of this for me – not taking everything I’ve done for granted. I would say to any fellow woman considering this: you can trust yourself in Sue’s masterful hands. You will not emerge from this Retreat without tremendous value.”

~ SEC, Author, Founder International Speaking Academy

“Your modeling of compassion, empathy, connection, and attention have been a beacon in my life. I am so grateful and I thank you for holding the torch high.”

~ Dr. Annette Thornton, Professor and Director Musical Theatre and Dance, Michigan University

I will never think of the 60s in the same way! We are just beginning! I love that idea that we are pioneers – a word I recognize in myself but never had a name for. The Retreat let me see that up-close and feel it for myself. I love knowing there are others like me who are leaping ahead in dangerous and exciting ways. I’ve got more wind underneath my wings because of this Retreat with you, Sue.

~ D. A., Foreign Correspondent, Asia

I loved the incubation that happened in the middle of the circle of women. It’s something that just can’t happen alone. It gave me an immediate mirror to what I was saying. The tribe and you led me to a glorious mixture of a business idea that built on several of my visions. And connecting regularly as a group is a huge huge gift. It has changed my life.

Mary Ewen, 2019 Retreat Group

Sue Brightman is one of the most skillful communicators I’ve ever met.  She successfully guided me to transform my skills into a leadership presence coach. Without her clear assessment of my greater value to the corporate world, I might never have made the leap into a more lucrative corporate training arena. Sue is an excellent guide for anyone who needs a deep listener who can help them in the arena of personal mastery — becoming more effective as leaders or professionals. She is especially masterful  helping people learn to hold and handle difficult conversations. Sue has the compassion to support people through their challenges and an amazing mental capacity to track conversations clearly. She doesn’t miss anything! She is impeccable in her own communication style, making sure she is clear about her own meaning while considering and honoring the listener’s point of view in the same sentence. Just being in conversations with her, I have learned so much.  I wholeheartedly recommend Sue to anyone looking for a masterful coach.”Sandra Zimmer, President & Founder, Self-Expression Center; Author, Your Time to Shine

Yan Song, PhD, Abbott Laboratories, Global Pharmaceuticals R&D Information Technology

The Conscious Communication workshops you conducted were received extremely well by our team  in Germany and the US. If they put into practice even 2% of the tools you taught, we will be much more effective.”

N. Hagedorn, CEO, Genesys Healthcare System

“All I can say is WOW. Your work exceeded what I thought was possible for our hospital system. I believe you and Mary are the best in the world at this.

On three different occasions, Sue Brightman expertly and skillfully led our Board of Directors through Strategic Planning at critical times in the life of our organization. Each time, we emerge with clearly defined paths of actionable items and refined policies regarding the execution of our Board’s work. We would not want to navigate those waters without her at the helm. Sue makes us a better Board.

~ Robin Cato, JD, Executive Director SASH

“Immensely professional, impressive attention to detail, very knowledgeable.”

~ Colorado University Boulder Super Computer Research Group Director



“Sue, I can’t thank you enough, not just for the time you took with me, but for the loving way that you held a space for me to discover what I needed to learn in order to have the success that I did.  You are a TERRIFIC coach. I learned so much from pushing past my comfort zone.  I feel like I could speak almost anywhere and to anyone now. I hope I will have another opportunity to work with you again.”

~ Diana Hoguet, INMI Board Member, Keynote Speaker to 600 person audience at Mental Health Gala

Mary Beth McEuen, Vice President, Maritz People and Potential Division

Sue Brightman is both a very skilled designer/facilitator and an outstanding partner. Sue understands what it means to partner. This is a word that is often used and less often demonstrated. Sue partnered to codesign and co-facilitate in a highly collaborative fashion. I recommend Brightman Glover International with great enthusiasm.

Praise for Sue’s Conscious Business Consulting and Teaching

Fred Kofman, VP Google

“Sue has been teaching Conscious Business all over the world, and every one of her clients has been absolutely delighted. She is an exceptional coach and consultant. I am very proud to have her as my colleague in this effort to bring wisdom and compassion to the business world.”

Fred Kofman, author Conscious Business: Building Value Through Values. VP Leadership Development; Google.


“Thank you for giving our whole Division such useful and wonderful team-working tools, Sue.”

~ Alisa Chong, General Manager, Shell

Margaret Cirella, Corporate Vice President, New York Life Insurance Company

Thank you for your efforts with our training division. We were so pleased with the Conference you designed, and am even more so now that we’re seeing the new tools and techniques implemented. Our staff said it was the best Conference we’ve ever had. Your coaching was spot-on. Thank you for the tremendous amount of work and committed follow-through you’ve provided.

The Diversity module you presented for our extended leadership team in Germany was one of the clearest and most engaging I’ve ever experienced. I truly think that all 80 of us left with less judgment and much more understanding and appreciation for each other.”

Kees van Rijik, Royal Dutch Shell BAM Leadership Team

I appreciate your ability to work with the heavy-hitters in life. Your ability to listen and distill in a supportive empowering way are wonderful skills.
Liz D, coaching participant

I wanted to tell you what a pleasure it was to work with you.  Your crisp awareness and gentle, spacious compassion for individuals, at the same time holding the whole group of people, was not an easy task. I so appreciate the skill and thoroughness you brought. ”
— Team leader, teambuilding workshop

“I was very happy to have done the ‘how to interrupt’ coaching with you. One of the CEO panel members  kept talking and I needed to moderate the conversation. If I had not had the coaching, I doubt I would have handled it with confidence! I got a lot of good feedback on my performance. Thank you very much for the help.”
— Name withheld; Netherlands

“Thank you so much for conducting such an excellent Train the Facilitators workshop. The whole experience was wonderful!  I feel much more confident about conducting online seminars, and the future is looking very exciting because of it.”
Jan O’Brien, IAC-MCC, President, Culture-Conscious International LLC, Certified Coach

“Thank you for leading this session and for the Conscious Communication training overall. I really enjoyed it  and was pleasantly surprised how well virtual sessions can work!”
— Johan van der Meijden, Lead Application Specialist
Shell Chemicals, The Netherlands

Beautifully done – you’re a pro with a huge heart.
– Diederick Janse, Realize! Consulting, The Netherlands

“You took us through the workshop with such ease, sharing your knowledge and expertise and transitioning with An seamlessly.”
— Sharon Allison, Senior Manager, Royal College UK

It’s great to hear you laugh out loud when you’re teaching. Most of all, I appreciate your heart.”
— Thomas Vaassen, Realize! Consulting
CoDirector, The Hub Amsterdam

“I just presented to 400 people very successfully … and I attribute this to the time in the Incubator. Thank you so much for your guidance and support. It is deeply appreciated.”
– Linda White, Annapolis, Maryland and Nelson, New Zealand

What I most appreciate is Sue’s energy and enthusiasm. She gives the right blend of dialogue, personal experiences, content, and interaction with the group. She kept the presentation lively and kept people interactive.”
– Shell participant, Cyberjaya Malaysia

“My graduate students were very impressed with the leading-edge performance feedback processes you introduced them to as our guest lecturer. They were 100% engaged and are still talking about it.”
– Mike Tharp, Professor Management Studies,
Texas A&M Graduate School of Business

“I feel especially privileged to have participated in the organization workshop you conducted at the Shell OE Conference. I was amazed at how, in a short period of time… you set the stage for a business group learning dynamic. I firmly believe that any business leader should participate in your workshop.”
– Frank Clarke, Organization Effectiveness Coordinator Shell, Montreal East refinery, Quebec

“I came out of the workshop with more profound experience and wisdom.”
– workshop participant, Melbourne, Australia

This is the most motivating workshop I have ever attended.”
– Siew-Chen, Singapore

M. Brown, President, MB Consulting Limited UK

“I worked as part of team running international leadership and service excellence program for a 4,500 employee division of a major oil & gas company. Sue was the primary Organizational Development consultant appointed to manage this intensive global program. I learned immediately that Sue was a true expert in her field. With every interaction, whether it be with client senior executives or cynical employees, she was able to communicate respectfully, graciously and objectively, no matter how tough the conversation had to be. I ask myself many times: “How would Sue handle this?” I regard her as a master in her field. Any company that appoints Sue will benefit enormously.”