Susan Bender Phelps | Author, Keynote Speaker & Coach


Susan Bender Phelps, Lead Trainer, Coach, and CEO of Odyssey Mentoring & Leadership delivers engaging and inspiring training programs and "playshops." Susan demonstrates the principles of mentorship, leadership, and effective communication that powerfully shifts workplace culture so that organizations are more productive and staff willingly uses every opportunity to grow, develop, and cause breakthroughs. As an Executive and Management Coach, Susan's work transforms lives and careers. Susan got her start in mentoring and leadership training when she co-founded a mentoring program for at-risk middle school students in the early 1990s. This work is her passion. Every day, it gives her the opportunity to pay forward the gift that had once been given to her. As Executive Director of the New Mexico Youth at Risk Foundation, Susan worked with a mentor to help her grow her organization, hone her leadership skills and master non-profit fundraising and grant writing. To this day, she takes advantage of opportunities to be a mentor and to have a mentor. Susan brings her first-hand knowledge and experience of the power of effective mentoring to her work as a trainer, speaker, and coach. She has learned that just because a person is really good at what they do, has years of experience and the best of intentions, most do not come naturally to the mentoring skills they need. Those skills can be easily learned and mastered. Mentoring benefits both mentees and their mentors. Mentees learn faster than experience alone can teach them. Mentors earn more and rise faster than their colleagues who don’t. Even more important their passion for their own work gets re-ignited. At the end of the day… everyone wins. Susan speaks nationally on mentorship, leadership, and communication. She is the author of Aspire Higher, a collection of true success stories of career and business mentoring. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s in Management & Organizational Leadership. SPEAKING: If you want an engaging and insightful presentation to kick off or close your event, Susan is your choice. She delivers just the right amount of message and enthusiasm and provides the perfect presentation to balance the heavy or technical content at your conferences and meetings. Your audience will be uplifted, challenged, and will be inspired to apply the concept of sharing their expertise and pursuing excellence in their work and personal lives. Susan has been speaking professionally since 2009 and has spoken to thousands of people in dozens of organizations. She delivers programs for all types of organizations and has significant experience with healthcare, accounting, colleges, universities, government, engineering, professional associations, and non-profits. Susan is the author of a book and a training manual: Susan’s Signature Keynote: Connections: The Secrets of Powerful Networking Turn your next conference into a networking goldmine for your attendees. Forming powerful professional relationships is the key to success. It’s true whether you are building a career or your business. Imagine having a network that allows you to get what you need when you need it. Imagine having friends and colleagues who count on you for your expertise and happily refer you, and whom you can confidently refer to others. This keynote or breakout session gives your attendees the practical tools that will help them make the most of your event and beyond. Susan shares the Nine Principles that make networking so powerful with stories tailored to your attendees. They will evaluate where they are currently networking and come away with a new appreciation for the network they have, or a concrete plan for the network they need. Raises the bar for seasoned professionals. Profoundly important for those just starting out. Other Popular Keynote Titles: Aspire Higher: Get A Mentor, Be A Mentor Getting ahead, even for the most talented, brilliant, educated and driven among us requires more than one helping hand along the way. Having a business or career mentor can help you learn much faster than experience alone can do. And mentors rise higher and earn more than their colleagues who don’t. Learn how both sides of a mentoring partnership can rocket you to your goals. ___________________________________________ Courage: It’s Not What You Think So often we live out lives trying to avoid fear at all costs. But what if fear is exactly what we need to be truly courageous? Your audience will be surprised, inspired, laugh, and learn as Susan shares her personal relationship with her fears in this award-winning keynote. ___________________________________________ Work-Life Harmony: Regain Your Sense of Control Work-Life Balance is a myth. At any given moment, our work or personal commitments can spiral into the realm of overwhelmed, over-committed, or emergency after emergency. We can take steps to prepare for those times and create an overall harmony between our work and personal lives. ___________________________________________ You Are the Leader You’ve Been Waiting For This inspiring presentation answers the questions of why people are so reluctant to step up to leadership roles, how to cultivate future leaders and attract, support and nurture the best and brightest. This program is perfect for executives, managers at all levels, professional associations, non-profits, and civic clubs. CONTACT SUSAN AND HER TEAM TODAY TO TALK ABOUT YIOUR NEXT EVENT OR PROJECT

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Workshop Participant, Oregon Association of Financial Aid Administrators
Thank you so very much for the excellent mentor training yesterday...

Thank you so very much for the excellent mentor training yesterday. Susan has a wonderful passionate perspective on communication and understanding of how people should relate to each other and achieve good work. I feel very fortunate to be chosen to experience this meaningful effort to assist OASFAA members in our careers.

April 2018

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Ted Magnuson, President, Tigard Breakfast Rotary
Susan brings a wonderful blend of expertise and energy into the room...

Susan brings a wonderful blend of expertise and energy into the room when she speaks. She challenged us to question our habits and our thinking patterns in our approach new members. Isn’t that what mentoring is supposed to be about?

April 2018

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Patricia Weber, Owner, Business Coach at Professional Strategies Inc.
Thank you for a fabulous program...

I am SO glad to know you. Thank you for a fabulous program – you made me look great!

April 2018

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