As a professional coach, Sue Couper draws on knowledge acquired during 34 years as a business leader. Throughout her career as a consultant for Pricewaterhousecoopers (PwC), an international professional services firm, she advised executives, managers and entrepreneurs and developed a deep understanding of the qualities shared by effective leaders. The lessons learned during her years as a consultant informs her coaching and leadership development approach
Post-retirement from PwC she was on the faculty for the National PwC professional development program. She facilitated courses on communication skills, leadership, giving and receiving feedback and personal brand, among other topics.
She currently is on faculty for a coaching certification program, providing credentialing training for the coaching profession.
As a professional coach, Sue draws on the firsthand experience she acquired during her 34 years as a business leader. She is a retired partner of PwC one of the “Big Four” international accounting firms. Throughout her career she mentored and coached hundreds of professional staff and colleagues. As the lead partner of the Pacific Northwest Private Company/Middle Market practice, she led a team of tax professionals and support staff, managing growth goals and budgets, people development, responsible for technical quality and training.
As a consultant, she advised executives, managers, business owners, and entrepreneurs acquiring useful insights into the challenges of leaders, both new and experienced. With her front row seat in many board rooms, executive offices, and team meetings, she gained knowledge of the qualities shared by effective leaders. She knows how important individual and team development is in growing a business, creating an inclusive work environment and creating a culture of trust and caring for each other. Her own deep experience informs her coaching leadership development approach, having been in the shoes of many of her clients, both as a leader of her own practice, and as a consultant with a front row seat in scores of businesses.
Sue was the PwC Seattle office Diversity Partner, responsible for diversity and inclusion training, recruiting and staff and community outreach.
Post retirement from PwC, Sue served for many years as faculty for the National PwC professional development program. As such, she facilitated courses on communication skills, leadership, giving and receiving feedback, building a personal brand, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), diversity and inclusion, working with teams and staff development for managers.
Past Adjunct Professor, Seattle University, School of Business.
In addition to executive development work with HLG, she is currently on the faculty of SeattleCoach coaching certification program, providing credentialing training for the coaching profession.
Senior Vice President and Team Leader, Private Banking. Helped this executive to move from individual contributor role into leadership position, working on clean communication, trust building, team dynamics, Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and giving and receiving feedback.
Port Manager, Port Operations Company. Executive presence and strategic communication across multiple levels of the organization.
Financial Advisor, Investment firm. Communicating with impact, awareness of personal style, developing executive presence, giving effective feedback and developing team trust for an executive on the partner track.
Lead Partner, Professional Service Firm. Leading with impact. Strategic thinking. Peer development. Developing high performing teams. Managing difficult feedback.
Directors, Managers and Supervisors, Public Utilities. Individual and group coaching to improve professional effectiveness, develop effective teams, create awareness of leaders’ impact on team and corporate culture.
Management teams, International Shipping Company. Facilitated several multi-day executive leadership development workshops focused on, expanding communication effectiveness, awareness of personal style and impact on team culture, giving and receiving feedback, having difficult conversations, defining team values, and aligning team goals with corporate strategy.
Master of Taxation program, Golden Gate University
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Old Dominion University
Bachelor of Science (BS) Finance, Old Dominion University
Certified in the following:
Past advisory board member, BMO Harris Bank Private Banking NW
Past board member, Childhaven
Past board member, Normandy Park Community Club