Susie Amundson, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Relational. Strategic. Inquisitive. These are words that sum up me, Susie.
Here at Wise at Work, I help organizations and people move through change to flourishing places. My service is to help people solo or in groups tap into their embodied wisdom, gain clarity, make good decisions, and launch forward with plans and action that ring true for them.
Drawn to genuine relationships is the theme of my backstory — as a former occupational therapist, university professor, international speaker, writer and publisher, and corporate executive. It continues now as a facilitator, coach, and trainer. I design a process and safely hold space for people, teams, and organizations to dig deep, have authentic conversations, explore creative territory, and design and commit to meaningful change.
My expertise and extensive training in emotional resilience, relational norms, organizational behavior, self-compassion, yoga, and meditation set an atypical stage for most of my clients in Alaska and beyond.
Although I am empathic and kind, I also ask direct and annoying questions and hold my clients accountable (with humanity). Because I believe if we don’t show up for the ‘what is’ of a situation and our own discomfort, we will never get to clarity, creativity, and winning solutions and results. And that goes for teams, individuals, and organizations.
As a natural teacher, I love to learn and share my learning. My inherent gift that I bring to Wise at Work and my clients is translating concepts and complexities into everyday applications and tools. This has manifested in developing and delivering over 100 trainings, creating and publishing tools, and bringing a warm-hearted, pragmatic, and big picture approach to any challenge.
My education started in a classroom of 10 first graders on the Great Plains and ended with 10 in my senior graduating class. Yup, only one student changed. Since then, I earned a a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota, a MS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. In 2000, I was awarded a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. My doctoral dissertation was on topics I adore — emotional intelligence, relational competence, and effectiveness of workplace teams.
My home is Homer, Alaska where I am deeply blessed by my friends and community, a playful and kind husband, meaningful work, and the beauty and wildness of nature. I couldn’t be happier.
For coaching or organizational consulting, call me at 509-998-1009.