I am a top-rated keynote speaker, trainer, author, and one of the industry's leading resiliency and adversity experts on success, change, leadership, and hearing loss.
I deliver high-energy presentations which are both engaging and humorous, as I share compelling stories to help you take action towards achieving business and personal success.
Who is Susanna
I am on a mission to change the world - one company, one leader, and one individual at a time.
My path to success has required me to navigate many insurmountable challenges. I was born with progressive profound hearing loss. I was fitted with hearing aids at the age of 3 and was raised in a hearing world. I had many challenges mostly communication and speech difficulties; however, these challenges did not stop me from living a meaningful and purposeful life.
In 2005, while working for a large department store company as a successful retail leader, my life changed drastically when I became completely deaf due to "Single-Sided Sudden Deafness." After suffering depression and misery, I made a life changing decision to become a cochlear implant wearer. I received cochlear implants and am thankful for this amazing technology. Shortly, thereafter, I was fired.
As I contemplated my next professional career pursuit, I obtained a Master's Degree at the University of Houston in Human Resources Development. While, looking for my next job, I began to paint furniture as my "stress buster" since I could no longer afford to show and train horses.
After being fired again, I turned my "accidental business" of refinishing furniture into a successful small business. However, at a very young age, I always knew that my mission in life was to motivate and inspire others.
Now, it's that time. I am blessed to inspire you as a speaker, while I continue to create beautiful furniture pieces and I am a happily riding horses again.
I reside in Tomball, Texas with my 2 furry 4-legged friends: Maverick and Charlie.
Other Fun Facts about me:
- Made a childhood dream come true of working on onboard "The Love Boat"
- Met Patrick Swayze, as I was his beloved "Tammen" Groom for the day at Sam Houston Race Park
- Ran and completed several half marathons
- Galloped horses on the racetrack
- Adrenaline Junkie - love extreme sports
- Accomplished Equestrianne