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We give you the tools to Sync up your leadership mindset and culture for optimal performance.

Conscious Leaders Are a Critical Competitive Advantage

We are pioneers in translating neuroscience and the Internal Family Systems Model into a powerful and practical roadmap for developing conscious leaders. We recognize the profound truth of this quote:

“We walk through the door into the corporation every morning looking like full-grown adults but many parts of us are still playing emotional catch-up.  The griefs and traumas of childhood follow us around asking for attention.”  David Whyte, The Heart Aroused, pg. 125

Conscious Leaders:

Bring their whole self to everything they do with extraordinary self-awareness

Understand how their inner world impacts their ability to respond with wisdom and compassion to external demands

Have growth mindsets and see every interaction as an opportunity to learn

Support cultures where people are resilient and thrive, and prosperity results from doing good work for a better world.

How Do We Work with the Unconscious?

Drawing from deep experience as researchers, consultants, educators and coaches we create a safe environment that allows you to self-inquire with depth, compassion, curiosity and courage.

We all have parts. You will be working to uncover lifelong patterns and identify the unconscious parts of yourself that keep these patterns in place. You’ll learn to recognize and understand how these parts of yourself are burdened with negative beliefs, attitudes and feelings learned at different stages of life.

You will apply your learnings to key relationships, to your professional environment, to your team/or clients, to your organization; to your present and your future goals.

The goal is to reconnect to your authentic core, vitality and inner knowing. This brings internal harmony, joy and a greater capacity to respond to increasingly complex challenges.

We invite you to an iterative dance of short lectures, self assessments, application exercises, guided meditation, journaling, discussions and time for mind-body integration. This is how you will harness the power of neuroplasticity to explore and rewire old patterns and habits into more agile responses.

Our conscious leadership curriculum is grounded in the neuroscience informed SyncUp4 Leadership model and the Internal Family Systems model. Internal Family Systems is recognized as one of the most powerful ways to work with the unconscious.

Let’s Dive Into the SyncUp4 Model

The SyncUp4 Model

Discover what your mind can do for the better. What if your potential to grow your mindset was infinite? Our SyncUp4 Model gives you the fuel to grow your mindset for optimal performance.



Our Conscious Leadership Coaching Roadmap

Click each tab to discover more about each stage:

Stage 1
Identify what is important to you.

Stage 2
Discover what gets in the way of optimal results –
including how you are thinking and relating.

Investigate limiting beliefs and autopilot behavior.

Stage 3
Our customized self-assessments, relevant readings and assigned journaling and homework support and sustain your insights between sessions.

Stage 4
Apply new learnings to present issues and challenges; bringing insights and questions to every coaching session.

Stage 5
The results – Your insights turn into a new perspective
that meets the complexity of current times.

How You Support Your SyncUp Coaching Experience:


Regular practice of action and reflection




Curiosity about what you are feeling - even when uncomfortable


Developing awareness for autopilot thinking and responses


Daily self check ins and intention setting to maximize your focused attention and support a daily “best life experience”


Commitment to ongoing engagement, learning and guidance


Going into the most momentous change of my career, I knew I was going to be challenged on every level by fear, self-doubt, and uncertainty. Suzanne’s coaching helped me not to become fragmented in my sense of myself or to fall hostage to the small voices inside of me that could only see pieces of the whole picture. I have been able to stay true to a fuller, more integrated sense of myself and of the leadership journey I am on, which has made my transition so much more effective for me and everyone around me.

Grant Oliphant, Chief Executive OfficerConrad Prebys Foundation

Working with Suzanne has helped me to become a better Leader. Not only a better leader, also a better mom, daughter and wife. The impact of her insightful questions and coaching and guidance can be seen throughout our organization. Her coaching has helped me increase employee retention, improve client satisfaction and inspired organizational resilience. Leading an organization committed to learning has really made work so much more enjoyable for me. With Suzanne’s coaching I am learning to speak my truth with compassion, clarity and strength.

Teresa Goodwin, Regional DirectorHPA, Inc.

Through Suzanne’s coaching, using real-time actual situations, I was able to identify, understand, and communicate with my reactive and pleaser parts that clouded my leadership potential and have made incremental changes that have given me the room to function at a higher level.
With room to breathe, I am free to take an active role in planning for the future of my organization - both in terms of sustainability and mission impact. Ultimately, the work I've done with Suzanne has helped to bring joy back to my daily work life, as well as to my personal relationships as mother, wife and friend. I am continuing the journey of learning to be a wise leader.

Danielle Crumrine, Executive DirectorTree Pittsburgh

Suzanne has changed my life! by helping me surface unproductive patterns and behaviour, understand their reason for being within my life experience and replace them with more helpful thinking and choices. The results have been remarkable. Through my work with Suzanne I have tapped into a deeper level of internal awareness and wisdom, used that wisdom to guide me during crisis and day to day life and developed disciplined practices that I can use to bring me back to that wisdom spot on a daily basis.

Barb Steele, Managing DirectorThe Natural Step, Canada

Terri Egan gives you the practitioner's approach to applied science. She has her own unique way of building leaders – by taking highly complicated ideas, and making them eminently useful in practice. The science? Neuroscience. Let her translate what we've learned about the brain, into what you can do to be more effective – Terri rocks!

Don Brown, Author'What Got You Here Won't Get You There in Sales' and 'Bring Out the Best in Every Employee'

Exploring the 4 Leadership Development Capabilities with Suzanne as my coach and guide resulted in new insights into my own leadership patterns and appreciating how these were both helping me and holding me back. I was able to reshape the patterns to get out of leadership autopilot and work as a much more strategic leader, in real time, as I navigated a new job that is truly in a VUCA environment!

Kristen Gemeny, Leadership DevelopmentThe Boeing Company

Our Consulting Process

Assess and Design

We link what we do to your organization’s strategy and performance goals via a co-developed set of success measures that are both challenging and achievable


Integrating measures of success established with our clients in the design process, we roll out our curriculum in phases based on rapid prototyping driven by applied learning principles. This ensures high levels of engagement, relevance and deep learning – the elements that fuel behavior change.


We provide in-person and online solutions for continued learning. We like to do a six month post program check-in to see what is sticking. Our goal is behavior change and we know that time and wise guidance drives new practices, habits and norms.

My change in leadership has been so successful that we had an increase in our bottom line of $500,000 in an 18 million dollar budget. This is a very significant increase in one year. Up until several years ago, my mindset as a leader was to always have answers and always have solutions. But I saw that I needed to become better at stepping into the unknown where you don’t always know the answer. I now have the maturity to be comfortable with ambiguity and to work with it. We are now moving our culture towards innovation as a future investment which is not easy in a nonprofit environment. This was revolutionary. A lot of leadership is evolutionary, but this was revolutionary learning and application happening during and because of your program.

Brian Schreiber, President & CEOThe Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh

I’ve been able to take an introspective look at my leadership style and to delegate more and free myself up to build capacity in others. My confidence level is much higher as a mentor and coach of others - to give direction, to delegate and to inspire my team to do what they need to get done for the organization.

Mark Lewis, President and CEOPOISE Foundation

The biggest shift in my mindset was based on the whole person integration model and the neuroscience research shared by Suzanne and Terri. The increased level of mindfulness that I gained and began to practice daily at home and and work, shifted my behaviors from automatic responses to reflective steps toward a more thoughtful life. I am a better friend, daughter, colleague, wife, and mother based on the tools I now carry with me. Truly a life changing experience!

Mary Price, Director, Global Revenue and Business RecruitingSlack


Venn Diagram with Mindset power in the middle

Mindset Power

Mindset is the fuel of sustainable change.  We know what it takes to grow mindsets; deep desire, uncommon self awareness, personal practices that create new neural pathways and expert guidance. We provide the components that help you embrace and live your greatness. Our evidence based model for behavior change is infused with unique exercises and learning, expert facilitation and individual coaching. Your leadership and organization challenges are woven into our applied learning designs.


Vertical Power

Individual capacity is the foundation of sustainable mindset change in organizations. In this highly interactive workshop participants: connect to the power of focused attention, learn a whole person model that supports leading in complex environments, experience how working with patterns impacts thinking, performing and relating and understand how the social brain supports collaboration. With a process and a set of practices that promotes mindset growth each participant leaves this workshop with the tools to make significant behavior change.


Leader Power

Leadership mindsets increase individual and organizational effectiveness. This workshop helps leaders rethink what they are doing and how they do it. Participants will: identify workplace practices that inhibit or boost focus, insight and productivity; increase their window of tolerance for complex problems; learn how accountability and compassion support healthy risk taking and team effectiveness. Participants leave this workshop with well crafted action plans for leading self and others in a complex world.

Culture Power

Culture is the collective mindset of your organization. Every day, all day, relationships and the environment at work have a powerful impact on engagement, retention and performance. In this workshop participants will explore, define, debate and develop a set of best practices to optimize relationships and working norms in their respective organizational domains. They leave the workshop with plans in place that support rapid prototyping for culture change. We believe their wisdom and power to influence the organization will be evolutionary; driven by mindset growth – the enduring competitive advantage.


Suzanne Lahl keynoting at the 2014 Nonprofit Leadership Institute Conference.

Leading change is arguably among the most important survival skills for nonprofit executives and their board leaders. This two day workshop introduced an audience of 100 leaders and students to the SyncUp 4 Model of leading in complex environments.

Terri Egan speaking to a group of executives about the importance of dynamic attention. 

This group of executives took part in a seven month leadership program sponsored by The Pittsburgh Foundation. The program was based on the SyncUp4 Model of Dynamic Capabilities.

Julie Chesley keynoting at the 2019 Pariveda Solutions Futures Conference.

Ever wonder why you do things that that in hindsight seem irrational? Leaders at Pariveda learned about the power of working with unconscious habits of mind to improve performance.