Introducing Susan

FowlerI am an experienced facilitator, organizational consultant, and educator with many years of consulting experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. My work has included a variety of strategic planning, evaluation, and program planning projects, as well as a great deal of group facilitation, team building, and design and facilitation for learning events.

As a result, I have a broad understanding of nonprofit and public organizations’ needs and challenges. In addition to my work with individual organizations, I have facilitated and coached many partnerships and collaborations focused on community development through systemic change.

I have a particular interest in community engagement and in addressing the obstacles faced by disadvantaged individuals and communities, especially in rural areas and small towns.

I earned a B.A. with highest distinction in psychology from the University of Rochester and began my working life as co-founder of Space Builders, Inc., an employee-owned design and construction firm. There I served as principal group facilitator and general manager for thirteen years. While at Space Builders, I earned an M.Ed. in Adult Education and Organizational Development from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and began my consulting practice.

In addition to my formal degrees, I am a certified facilitator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and I have completed multiple workshops and trainings with the Satir Institute of the Southeast and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. My continuing education with these organizations has focused on the application of family system dynamics in organizational settings and leadership development. I am an avid student in the field of somatics and taught yoga for a number of years.

My experience also includes service on several Boards of Directors including The Center for Community Self-Help, the Self-Help Credit Union, Community Independent School, and the Satir Institute of the Southeast.

I currently reside in Chatham County, NC with my husband (a building contractor), a very old dog, and a very busy cat.

Commitment to learning is at the core of everything I do.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"My facilitation training with Susan was one of the most important professional development experiences I’ve had. I built a strong knowledge of facilitation techniques, principles of meeting and process design, and methods for coaching groups toward a common goal over time. I wouldn’t be effective at my job without these skills. Far too many meetings, conferences, and group processes have the right substance but the design and process are too flawed for it to matter. In addition to benefiting from Susan’s direct training, I learned from observing her expert facilitation and coaching in MDC’s programs. The communication skills and process techniques I learned through Susan are even helpful outside of work; I catch myself making use of them in interactions with neighbors, when I’m making complex decisions, and even in my friendships. These skills should be prioritized in professional development, but they are often overlooked and rarely invested in." Alyson Zandt, Program Manager, MDC