ABOUT ELIZABETH SUDLER
I am a person in long-term recovery with considerable depth of knowledge and experience in 12-Step programs, other recovery pathways, and emotional recovery issues. Over the years, I have learned how to apply recovery principles in both the workplace and in life by both succeeding and failing in my experimentation. This lifelong learning forms the basis of my current training, coaching, and consultation practice.
I have held strategic roles in health and wellness divisions at both Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. As a senior leader at Magellan Behavioral Health and HealthNet, I had profit and loss responsibility for large clinical and call centers, one of which won a company-wide Distinguished Service Center of the Year for outstanding quality indicators.
I launched the first fee for service coaching program for US employees at Goldman Sachs’ corporate headquarters. I also helped design, deliver and incorporate resiliency training into all levels of Goldman’s Americas leadership and development programs. Most recently I implemented and directed a large recovery coaching program in western Massachusetts.
A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH
I approach people and problems with a multidisciplinary perspective informed by management theory, behavioral economics, psychology, neuroscience, history, trauma and addiction-informed practices and meditation/imagery. Despite the incredible amount of guidance widely available today, none of it matters unless each one of us learns how to apply it to our own particular work and life situation in a way that fits our temperament. Even more importantly, not all information is good information. Discerning the difference between what and who to listen to is critical to successful decision-making and constructive influence and impact. We can be trained how to function in roles and titles, but personal gifts and talents are something that need to be brought forth from the inside, accepted, and encouraged. My sweet spot is working with creative, independent thinkers who are stymied by rigid systems and other barriers in the culture or their own mindsets.
Previous clients include artists, people in recovery, and change agents. Also the Bank of America, Towers Watson, Columbia University, B.F. Goodrich, Coca Cola, Deloitte, Oracle, EY, The New York Times, Coach, Carnegie Hall, World Bank, US Army, US Coast Guard, Dunkin’ Donuts, National Hockey League, the International Coach Federation, the National Council for Behavioral Health and others.
DEGREES, LICENSES & PUBLICATIONS
I received performance-coaching training in London, England from Sir John Whitmore’s Performance Consultants International, and also from W. Timothy Gallwey, creator of the Inner Game coaching brand. I have been a long-term student at New York Psychosynthesis Institute and the Huntington Meditation and Imagery Center.
I received a master’s degree in community organization from Hunter College School of Social Work, and a BA in history and psychology from Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to being classified as an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Associate Coach, I hold certifications in Clinical Meditation and Imagery and Transpersonal Coaching. I am a licensed clinical social worker with a specialty in substance use and recovery.
The Children of Alcoholics Foundation published a series of remedial work skills training programs I developed for children from dysfunctional families. My corporate work has been featured in Fortune, Bloomberg and Crain’s.