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Susan Bilney

April 2006 Member of the Month

Susan Bilney

When Susan Bilney became a member of NAWBO she immediately found a way to become more involved by joining the Membership Committee at the same time she joined the organization. She saw it as a way to create a stronger connection with the individual members as well as a way to create a stronger presence within the group. Susan has since found a way, through the newly-created role of Table Host Coordinator, to encourage both new and long-time members to become similarly involved by putting together a group of Table Hosts who facilitate and deepen the discussions that take place during dinner at NAWBO's monthly program.

As the owner of Women's Advantage, Susan provides women business owners, executives, and other professionals with the basic tools, information, and support they need to excel in their businesses as well as their personal lives. She achieves this through individual and group coaching as well as workshops in which participants build fundamental tools for their business, including creating a business plan and developing business systems.

Susan is also licensed to facilitate an accredited program in which she teaches corporate and business managers to utilize a “coach approach” in working with their teams. This program gives managers a way in which to continuously develop essential skills in their employees and at the same time develop leadership skills for themselves.

Susan's experience includes executive and other key roles in both start-up and established businesses. She is not only a graduate of Coach U, one of the oldest accredited coaching schools in the nation, but also has a master's degree that combines psychology and education. Susan has conducted classes at Sonoma State University and has been a speaker at various events such as the First International Women's Teleconference. In addition to her service with NAWBO, she is also on the board of a Marin-based affiliate of the National Association of Female Executives, and has volunteered with A Hand-Up Coaching, a non-profit organization working with low-income professional women.

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