April Newsletter
SVVCI® 40th Anniversary
Summit August 16, 2019
John and Sue Denver 30th cel;ebration
Dr. Linda Silverman
The day we met Dr. Linda Silverman our lives changed. She helped us understand Charlie's Giftedness and then Adam and now so many of you! We are thrilled Dr. Silverman will be leading the afternoon workshop at our 40th Anniversary Summit, see details below to join us...
SVVCI® 40th Anniversary Summit AUGUST 16, 2019
We are excited to be celebrating our 40th Anniversary in
Business by inviting 40 of you to celebrate with us at: 

The Summit is coming together quickly so we wanted to
give you a first opportunity to see what we are planning
and to register for one or more of the 40 spaces.

Here are the topic areas:

Susan and John discuss the state of women and men in in the age of #metoo

  Life After Corporate Panel:
(All star panel that has successfully transitioned to post corporate careers)
Roberta Teran 
Crossroads Reach Out Director-Human Sex Trafficking Prevention India & Cincinnati, Ohio 
Hilary Beard
Award winning writer, public speaker, trainer and
Personal Development Coach
Christal Fisher    
Ordained Minister Christian Church in the Southwest 
Mike Colucci
Board President Saginaw Township Community Schools and STEM Advocate and Volunteer

Featured Speaker: Linda Kreger Silverman Ph.D
Licensed Psychologist;Director Institute of Study of Advanced Development/Gifted Development Center Linda will be talking about the latest developments in understanding Adult Giftedness and will administer the Her latest Gifted Adult Inventory with each participant!

Susan Van Vleet
Founder& CEO Susan Van Vleet Consultants®, Inc.
John Van Vleet
VP, Susan Van Vleet Consultants®, Inc.

4:00 PM Cocktail Reception
The Four Seasons Hotel and Spa 
Westlake Village, CA. 91361
 Cost: $2500 PP 

Group Discount: $2000 (3 or more on one credit card):
Only 14 spots left!

Susan will be leading...
Women Moving Forward®
in Geneva, Switzerland,
October 16-18, 2019
Don't miss the opportunity to for
women to attend WMF® in Europe!

Course fee $6,750
$500 discount for 2 registering from the same Company at the same time.

Only 3 spaces left!
No Handbook on Giftedness!

Whether it is your team, your boss or your kids, or yourself, misunderstanding "smart people" can be a real problem.

Do you know how much conflict is generated in teams because the Visual Spatials and Auditory Sequentials see the world totally differently?

Moody, Aloof, defiant, Fragile, Argumentative, Arrogant, Condescending, Overly Emotional, Self Absorbed, Finicky, Needy, Disorganized and so many more...

All these descriptors of gifted people that point to the lack of understanding we have about what come with the package of Giftedness.

Join us to learn the complexities of Giftedness that will allow you to be successful with all the gifted people in your life.
Smart People:
Managing and Retaining Gifted People©
June 4-6, 2019
Westlake Village, CA
2019 Public Workshop Schedule    

Women's Leadership Retreat®
April 30-May 2, 2019 Catch up day April 29
Location TBD Session Full see November dates!

Managing Corporate Change©
May 21-23, 2019
Westlake Village, CA Space still Available

Enabling Purpose through Relationships©
June 4-6, 2019
Westlake Village, CA $3,750 NEW SESSION!

Smart People: Managing and Retaining Gifted Employees©
June 18-20, 2019
Westlake Village CA $4,500

Leading Projects through Relationship, Commitment and Purpose©
July 15-19, 2019
Westlake Village CA $5,000

Advanced Women Moving Forward®
July 25-26, 2019
Westlake Village, CA $3,250

40th Anniversary Celebration of SVVCI®
August 16, 2016
Four Seasons, Westlake Village, CA

Women Moving Forward®
September 18-20, 2019
Westlake Village, CA $4,750

Enabling Purpose through Relationship©
September 24-26, 2019
Westlake Village CA $3,750

Advanced Men's Course®
October 15-17, 2019 Catch Up Day Oct 14
New attendees $4,950 Returning from 2018 $4,175 FULL

Women Moving Forward®
October 16-18, 2019
Geneva, Switzerland
$6,750 Only 3 spaces left!

Women's Leadership Retreat® New Edition!!
November 6-8, 2019
Four Seasons Westlake Village CA

Advanced Women Moving Forward®
December 5-6, 2019
Westlake Village, CA $3,250
Change driving you nuts?
Rapid growth,
SAP implementations,
Thousands of our clients around the world have used Managing Corporate Change© to save their teams and sanity from the ravages of unbridled change.

Managing Corporate Change©
May 21-23, 2019,
Westlake Village, CA $3,750


In November of last year 20,000 Google employees walked out for a day worldwide:
Chicago, London, Seattle, Singapore, Dublin, Hyderabad and Mountain View (Google HQ) to protest the outrageously poor handling of Sexual Harassment claims. Most notably giving Andy Rubin a $90 million kiss on the check as he was forced out of Google due to repeated claims of sexual harassment. (Click here for NYT complete article)
After less confrontational attempts at making the point failed, Claire Stapleton and Meredith Whittaker organized the one-day protest.  The geniuses at Google, of course, gave them the Google Courage Award for bringing this crucial topic to management’s attention, right? No, of course not, they attempted to demote them and diminish their roles.  With the resources available to Google (virtually unlimited) they chose to shoot themselves in the foot.  Why? Sorry all I’ve got is STUPID.  Not IQ stupid but that EQ stupid that tech companies are so famous for. (Click here for complete NYT article)

Susan has been warning “Don’t Be Google” for a while now, for increasingly obvious reasons.  Compare this idiocy to Nike where the brave top women executives put their careers on the line to force CEO Mark Parker to address the systematic harassment and pay discrimination at the company.  His reaction? Six top executives got fired and 7,000 employees got a raise to approach parity.

Topping this Marc Benioff CEO of Salesforce when confronted by the HR VP Cindy Robbins, responded by immediately dedicating $6 million to fix the pay inequity that was everywhere in the company at every level. Of equal importance in my mind was his edict that all meetings that he attends must have 30% female attendees. He was tired of going to all male meetings!  Visibility to the top is a crucial to talent being recognized and promoted.

My point here is all this big systemic change is possible. Not just at Nike or Salesforce but at your company too.  Courageous men and women will need to act together to force action (men this is our fight too don’t leave it to the women).  Men at the top will have to overcome their stupidity.   This usually requires a kick in a spot that gets there full attention. 

Enough already with the studies and committees!   “Just Do It” is not just for Nike.   Bravo to the women who have been banding together at the executive level to force action at great personal peril.  Susan sees this as a direct offshoot of the #metoo movement not a few random examples.  We are in a unique moment in time.  Don’t let it pass without action for your organization!

As always we invite your comments

Congratulations are in Order!

Congratulations to London Dewey for her promotion to Band 2 Process Capability Owner for the Zevo Brand at P&G!

Congratulations to Sally Loughlin on starting her own consulting company Inno-Sight Ltd, Windsor Birkshire UK

Congratulations to Jackie Israel De Nichols on her great new business: Better Not Younger !
From Susan:
Since I will be leading 2 Women Leadership Retreats in 2019 I have had to make some changes to my schedule for 2019.

The Women Moving Forward® scheduled for New Jersey is the last community based workshop I will be leading outside of California. I will still be available to lead WMF® inside your company wherever you are. 

In addition, in 2019, I will only lead 2 community based Women Moving Forwards®in California: March 13-15, 2019 & September 18-20, 2019. The cost for those will be $4750 pp. To register at the 2018 price, $3750 per person you must register by December 1, 2018. 
Added: Women's Leadership Retreat® in November 2019 Only 4 spaces left!
See below for Details.
WLR 2018
Advanced Men's Course© 2019
Contest #12

The 2018 theme was Our Relationships and Responsibilities to Women in the age of #metoo. It was intense, raw and powerful with breakthroughs and results for all.
2019 will start where 2018 left off...

The session will deal with how do we build and rebuild community with in our companies, cities, families to heal to schisms that exist in fractured societies.
Dates: October 15-17, 2019
Catch up day October 14.
Location: Ojai, California
Course Fee 2017 Returnees
$4,250 Newbies $4,950
FULL Watch for 2020 Dates

Susan Van Vleet Consultants, Inc.®
An International Consulting Company
31416 Agoura Rd. Suite 255, 
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