Designing Your Life Master Trainers

Designing Your Life Master Trainers are the most highly trained of all certified DYL Facilitators.  In addition to being certified to facilitate and instruct all life design workshops, public and corporate, Master Trainers are certified to train and certify others in the facilitation and instruction of the Designing Your Life Process.  As of Jan 2020, there are only 2 Master Trainers certified beyond the book authors themselves.

Susan Burnett

I am the co-founder of Designing Your Life for Women and a Master Trainer of the Designing Your Life process.  I have dedicated the last 35 years of my career to catalyzing individual and business transformation and growth. I have held executive positions at Hewlett Packard, Gap Inc., Deloitte, Yahoo! and BTS, where I have led large scale business changes, cultural renewal, employee engagement, leadership development, and global marketing services in the computer systems industry. I am an adjunct professor at Antioch University, teaching Women and Leadership, and I’ve taught Designing Your Life at Stanford, in companies and women’s retreats. I am a regular speaker, consultant, and author on leadership development. My Odyssey Plan for the next five years is all about empowering women to change the world!

Kathy Davies

I am the Managing Director of the Life Design Lab at Stanford University, where I teach Product Design, Mechanical Engineering, and “Designing Your Life”. I am also the co-founder of Designing Your Life for Women and a Master Trainer of the Designing Your Life process. I have 15 years of experience developing electromechanical and software products, and proudly hold five patents. I consult with Silicon Valley companies, teach design thinking, conduct ethnographic research, and develop product strategies and concepts. My experience includes roles as Sr. Product Manager at Arena Solutions, Sr. Manager of Technical Programs at D2M, Inc, Manager of Mechanical Engineering at nLighten Technologies and Mechanical Engineer at Cardica. I believe design thinking and life design are powerful mechanisms for getting unstuck, and am a passionate advocate for use of design thinking to empower social change, especially around equity for women.