Sue Stevenson is a Professionally Certified Coach, author of Impossible to Possible: Neurostrategies for Healing, Humor and a Reimagined Life, a sought after speaker and expert in Humor with a certificate in the science of happiness, a photographer, an advocate for humanizing the workplace, encouraging optimal brain health and fostering a Mindset of Choice, former International Human Resources Executive and more!
“With so many suffering with disabilities that others cannot see, or invisible disabilities, I felt it was time to add my voice, to speak up and out.”
Sue Stevenson, B.Ed, FCIPD, PCC, C-IQ, CHP has over 20 years experience influencing positive change in Global, local government and Not for Profit companies with roles in Organizational & Leadership Development, Internal Coaching Capability and Culture; Learning and Development, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Cultural Change, Employee Engagement, Humor Management, Performance and Effectiveness; and HR – latterly as SVP for Novartis.
17 years ago Sue founded her own Global Executive Coaching and Consulting practice, Lifted Fog LLC. She facilitates learning and positive change through brain-based coaching and consulting utilizing the latest research in neuroscience, Strategic humor management, social endocrinology and positive psychology to help leaders realize their full potential and success. She is an advocate for humanizing the workplace, encouraging optimal brain health and fostering a Mindset of Choice. Until recently, a Learning Experience Facilitator and Executive Coach, The NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI) – delivering Brain-Based Coaching Certification programs along with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion solutions.
A Host and IM Facilitator, World Business and Executive Coach Summit (WBECS), and an Ambassador for The Academy of Brain Health and Performance (Harvard).
With a Major in Educational Psychology, Aberdeen University; Sue gained Coach Credentials at The Hudson Institute of Coaching, & NLI; achieved an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Credential as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC); attended Executive programs at INSEAD and Harvard; The Certificate in The Science of Happiness, Berkeley; Shift Positive; Heartmath Plus Facilitator, Positive Intelligence (PQ) and is a Certified C-IQ Coach. Sue gained her Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership, became a Certified Stress Master Educator, recently completed a Business Improv program and is a graduate of a 3 year Humor Academy Graduate level Program as a Certified Humor Professional (CHP), Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH).
“With so many suffering with disabilities that others cannot see, or invisible disabilities, I felt it was time to add my voice, to speak up and out. I feel that our society in the United States of America has become less tolerant, more hostile and much less compassionate. It is time we listened to each other and our amazing stories, stop making assumptions and start to treat each other as humans, human beings. The Invisible Disabilities Association helps to build awareness for those with invisible disabilities, to advocate for those who suffer from those invisible disabilities and to stimulate changes in public policy such as Invisible Disability ID cards, education for first responders and legislation to protect those who need it. IDA is a small not for profit doing incredible work and if I can make just a small difference in people’s lives, it is worth the effort and work.
I began to notice that more and more of my work colleagues, friends and family were becoming sick, chronically sick, even life-threateningly sick yet they were not even paying attention to their bodies and their brains. It had happened to me too! I was told that it was impossible for brain surgery to cure me and that I should just leave the hospital and live with my chronic inflammation in the brain for as long as I could. I was not taught how to use food as medicine or make sure I moved my body every day, how important sleep was or even how important it was to avoid toxic products, foods and environments. I researched, learned, fought, pushed through and applied every ounce of resilience I could muster and set out to heal myself, at home. It worked!!! It was time to write a book that might change a few mindsets, wake up others and most importantly urge people to take action. It might just be small steps or micro habits or just nudges towards greater wellbeing and health. I outlined over 130 “Neurostrategies” which are small brain-based actions that I took to heal my own body and brain and invite the reader to try one or two that resonate with them eg. start a backyard garden to grow fruits and vegetables. The book is called Impossible to Possible: Neurostrategies for Healing, Humor and a Reimagined Life.