Sue Couper

Certified Leadership Coach and Trainer

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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.

  • Received MBA and BS in Finance degrees, and held CPA and  CFP (Certified Financial Planner) credentials.
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coaching Federation. 
  • Certified Integrated Enneagram Practitioner
  • SeattleCoach Certified coach
  • Skilled trainer in clean communication, healthy feedback, emotional intelligence
  • I've traveled to 5 continents, 25 countries and 45 US states
  • I've ridden in 3 Century (100 mile) bike rides
  • I've skied at over 25 ski areas
  • I've studied at 7 different universities and taught in 1
  • I married just one man (still with him too)

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. 

Examples of Coaching and Consulting Engagements:

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.    

Industry Experience:

  • Professional services
  • Transportation
  • Financial services
  • Utilities
  • Technology

Education and Certifications:

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:

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coaching Federation
  • SeattleCoach, coach training
  • Integrative9 Enneagram 
  • Public Accountant
  • Financial Planner


Past advisory board member, BMO Harris Bank Private Banking NW
Past board member, Childhaven
Past board member, Normandy Park Community Club




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As the middle child  of 7 siblings Sue found that she learned a lot about leadership during her childhood.