Build Business Acumen

Do It Yourself

for the Self Motivated!

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Are you frustrated with your career progress, disappointed by career advice that hasn’t worked, angry that mediocre men are moving and you aren’t?

Well then, you need "The One Key to Rule Them All:" more Business Savvy, starting with building business acumen.

I'm Ready to Soar!

Have you ever?

  • Felt like an imposter...or an imposition?
  • Been shocked that opportunities you sought passed you by?
  • Gritted your teeth as mediocre men advance while you stand still?
  • Been assigned a mentor, but never gained sponsorship?
  • Sat in a meeting unsure of what to say or how it will be taken?
  • Felt disappointed, frustrated or confused by the ocean of career advice that surrounds women?

Here’s why.

You've not been told “The One Key to Rule Them All.” 

That key?

Business Savvy (starting with business acumen).

Oh no, don't let that scare you away.
With me you'll find that Business Acumen:

  • Isn’t “too hard” or “too mathy”
  • Doesn’t take hours and hours away from your friends, family and fun
  • Does require a temporary small add to your full plate, but you’ll gain the time back in spades if you do the work.
  • Will elevate your career - whether you’re at career-start and even to the C-suite.
  • Produces career-long results not a quick fix.

Build Business Acumen

A Course of a Different Color!

Generic business courses overload you with theory. It’s why even women with MBAs have praised this straightforward approach.

You won’t just memorize business jargon. You’ll equip yourself with a model to think more strategically and  a powerful tool for demonstrating the business acumen you're cultivating.

It’s tried and tested by thousands of women from every industry and from every continent, at all career stages and in most every profession.


PART 1-Develop Business Acumen

Learn an elegant, simple and powerful model for understanding core business concepts.

Understand exactly where you/your team(s) fit in and the roles of colleagues in other functions - from the perspective of the executives and board.


6 Lessons

6 prerecorded, content rich and self-paced micro-lessons  (approx 1 hour in total).

1 digital workbook where you capture your insights and actions in one place.

4 Go-Deeper bonuses.

Pro-Tip: business acumen is also a basis for financial and strategic acumen.

Part 2: Demonstrate Business Acumen

Using the model from Part 1, you’ll develop a crystal clear statement of why your position exists and how you can use this clarity to build lasting foundations for more confidence, greater ease at self-promotion, motivation to speak up with credibility, etc.

The Tap the Power of Positional Purpose tool is available to you forever for just-in-time support if you need a boost.

2 Lessons

2 pre-recorded and self-paced micro-lessons (approx 30 minutes).

1 powerhouse worksheet where you capture your plans for demonstrating business acumen

1 AMAZING unique and actionable virtual coaching tool.

4 Go Deeper bonuses.

6 month FREE membership in Lead to Soar

Discounted enrollment in Focus on Financial Acumen and Solve for Strategic Acumen

Build Business Acumen is the fastest, most effective way to unlock the skills you need to elevate your career right now.

And it works. Just read the stories from women who've leveraged Business Savvy to:

- Be seen as leadership material

- Contribute ideas that drive results

- Feel like a valued strategic partner

- Earn bigger roles and responsibilities

- Increase their compensation and influence 

Leadership Brand Elevated

"To become more business savvy, I met with my general manager to understand how he prepares for the monthly and quarterly business reviews he delivers to our executive team.

It was a very different conversation from previous development discussions…and helped cement for him my goals and desired direction for my career."

K.O., V.P. Sales & Marketing

 Promotion Achieved

"The knowledge and awareness acquired from the sessions, gave me the strength to challenge some of my behaviours and led me to a promotion, the first woman project director in the Natural Resources team of 80."

A.R., PD Energy Transition, Clean Energy and Decarbonisation

 Dream Fulfilled

"I tell everyone that your TED Talk about the career advice you never got changed my life, and that’s not an over exaggeration, it really has! I tell everyone to upskill their business, financial and strategic acumen and I am myself fulfilling a dream…I would not be where I am in my career if it weren’t for your inspiration."

Hannah Pring, Chief Compliance Officer & host of the Miracle Working Mums podcast

Brand Elevated, Promotion Achieved, Dream Fulfilled! That's for Me!

Hi, it's Susan

If you’re unsure why your career is stalled or believe it’s stalled because you lack business savvy, you're not alone.

Here’s the good news. Business Savvy - starting with business acumen - is a skillset you can develop, regardless of your background, experience or education.

I know because I've been there.

Early in my career with an English degree and management training in my tool kit, I focused on building soft skills.

A bit later, the research I talk about in my viral TED Talk (over 4.4 million views) showed me that women are held back by perceived lack of business savvy (business acumen, financial acumen and strategic acumen).

Soon after that discovery...

 I was mortified in a planning meeting for the opening of a new Emergency Department. As the only non-exec in the room, I thought I would impress the CFO talking about what a great multi-functiional team I had convened and how well the initial team building went.

As you might imagine - he was underwhelmed!

And so, having just barely begun my journey to greater business savvy, I came back to the next meeting and talked about our plan for a budget neutral training strategy that would ensure revenue flow from the opening date and no regulatory penalty fees.

The CFO sat up and took notice.

My business savvy journey continued. My career and then consulting business took off enabling thousands of women to unlock their potential using my straightforward approach to building business acumen…and doing it without the overwhelm.

If you join them, you will transform your career!

I won't waste your time with fluff - I provide pared down, actionable insights and tools that deliver real results.

They've worked for me and women around the world. Now, put them to work for you!




DIY Version for the Self-Motivated

  • Develop Business Acumen - 6 self-paced online lessons
  • Demonstrate Business Acumen - 2 self-paced lessons
  • 2 Grounding Worksheets  - that turn content into actions
  • 8 Go Deeper Resources
  • 1 Amazing DIY Virtual Coaching Take Action Tool


I Commit to My Success!


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We will email you when doors open for the next course with Live Meet-Ups

You Might Be Thinking

This isn't for me.

Seriously, the only reasons Build Business Acumen wouldn’t be for you is if you:

  1. Have it AND demonstrate it on a daily basis,
  2. Are not serious about your career
  3. Don’t want more ease in your leadership role, more confidence, to self-promote with grace, etc.

But you still might be thinking:

I’d like to demonstrate greater business acumen, but where do I start?

You're right to wonder where to start. With countless conflicting resources, it's no wonder developing business savvy feels like a vast, complex undertaking. Where do you find clear direction without getting lost in information overload?

Build Business Acumen removes the overwhelm by distilling proven frameworks into bite-sized lessons. No clutter. No confusion. Just actionable skills delivered step-by-step.

But I’m not good at math!

You're not alone! The myth that business acumen requires numeric wizadry holds many sharp women back. Rest assured - there are no complex calculations here. This course focuses on the core concepts behind the numbers - equipping you with the acumen to contribute at higher levels, without the math anxiety.

Whether you struggled with math or numbers just aren't your thing, you CAN master the skills needed to advance your career. No number crunching required.

Will this really make a difference?

It's wise to be skeptical. You've seen enough flash-in-the-pan career tips to last a lifetime. But developing business acumen is time-tested and proven to:
- Build confidence in leading teams, projects and presenting to executives
- Showcase your leadership to the gatekeepers of opportunity
- Get you over the “she needs executive presence” roadblock
- Give you talking points that make it easy to “Speak UP!”
- Position you for bigger responsibilities and promotions.

I hate being on Zoom.

I can honestly say that I loathe Zoom calls, that’s why I show up super casual and if I’m not presenting I often keep the video off. I invite you to do the same for our Meet-Ups.

And I make it easy to submit your questions in advance in case you can’t make the date/time of the meet-ups.

I don't have time.

Our micro-lessons and self-paced format let you fit the program into pockets of time in your busy schedule. You can progress at your own pace while still gaining skills to apply immediately.




I can't afford it.

When you consider salary bumps, promotions and long-term ROI, the program quickly pays for itself.

And, serious question, would you go out and buy a new outfit with the money instead?

You know how that can turn out - hung in your closet, used up after a few wearings, no long term ROI…unlike an investment in your business acumen.

Will it be too advanced for me?

The course is designed for women at any career level. Our framework simplifies complex concepts so you can build business acumen with confidence, even if you're starting from scratch.

We meet you where you are: career-start, 1st line supervisor, middle management, senior management - I’ve even used it with women unexpectedly finding themselves in the C-suite.

I don't think this will work for me.

Thousands of ambitious women have leveraged this program to increase their confidence, earn higher salaries, and get promoted.

You'll be with a group of women who are also focused on career progress and ready to provide peer support.

We do everything we can to make it work for you.

I’m not a leader. I don’t need business savvy.

Leadership manifests at every level! And business, financial and strategic acumen are required to perform as a leader at whatever your level or title.

Just as leadership differs by level the expectations for how you demo business savvy do too.

This is why I say, “It’s never to early to begin to develop and demonstrate business acumen.

My company tells me what I need to know.

PLEASE don’t believe this. Dare I say it, “Daddy isn’t going to save you.”

Most companies don’t deliver messaging about the importance of Business Savvy or even the basics of business acumen. It’s rarely found in performance measures - and certainly not in proportion to how important it is for advancement - in leadership programs. It's rarely covered in ERG/BRG programming, mentoring guidance or career development assessments.

I know, I’ve done the research.

I’d say that I already have business acumen.

That’s terrific!

Would you also say you consistently demonstrate it? Would your boss and her/his boss agree? or is it hidden from all the world to see?

If both are true, you’re in the enviable position of being able to help other women develop and demonstrate their business acumen.

If not, join us in the course!

I'm Ready to Grow - Sign Me Up


You Do the Work, It Works for You. I Promise

I offer a conditional 30 day guarantee.

You do have to watch the recordings and show me that you've done the homework. That keeps you accountable to the commitment you make when you join, and keeps me honest about whether the course will serve you.

Then, if you don’t feel like Build Business Acumen is giving you the insights and tools you need to demonstrate business acumen at work, book a call.

If we can’t figure out a way to get you to your goal for the course, I’ll refund your money.



I Say Yes to Success!