CO-Founder and CEO of Designing Your Life Consulting, Chair, Board of Directors, Rising International, Start-Up Advisor
Susan’s design life started in high school where she learned to design and make her own clothes when there wasn’t a big budget in the Burnett household for new stuff. After graduating from Simmons College, she went on to her dream job teaching middle and high school kids, and her pursuit of design surfaced again. Susan received a Master’s in Instructional Design from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Pursuing a new Odyssey, she made a career change into industry, becoming the first instructional designer ever hired by HP to design and deliver the next generation of Corporate Training programs.
Susan has dedicated the last 35 years of her corporate career to designing for individual and organizational transformation and growth. She held executive roles at Hewlett-Packard, Gap Inc. Deloitte and Yahoo!, where she designed and led large-scale business changes, cultural renewal, employee engagement, and leadership development. She also led the effort to build Deloitte University – a center for leadership and culture.
Susan co-founded DYL Consulting with the belief that empowering people with the life design process, tools and mindsets can lead to new and healthier ways to work and live in a chaotic, unpredictable, and ever-changing world. She is a regular speaker, consultant and author on these subjects.