August  2018


Women Moving Forward®


Graduate Newsletter


Thank You Grads

Addressing   Workplace 
Violence & Harassment 

Graduate Feedback

bête noire

Women's Leadership 
Retreat First Edition    

2018 Workshops

August 8-10
Westlake Village, CA
$3750   2 spaces left

Leading Projects©
Sept. 24-28
Westlake Village, CA

Oct. 10-12
West Chester, OH
$3750  3 spaces left

Oct. 16-17
West Chester, OH
$2750  2 spaces left

Advanced Men's Course©
Oct. 23-25
Ojai, CA.

Nov. 8-9
Westlake Village, CA

Dec. 5-7
Princeton, NJ
$3750 7 spaces left

Enabling Purpose Through Relationship©
Dec. 11-13
Westlake Village,CA


Couples Course©
January 25-27
Hawaii, Hawaii
3 couple spaces left

Women's Leadership
April 30-May 2
Ojai, CA

Women's Leadership
New Edition
November 12-14
Westlake Village, CA
7 spaces left

To bring WMF® or Advanced WMF®
to your town or company contact us  


Spouses and Partners of Course Graduates can attend the Courses for half price
(this offer does not include the Advanced Men's Course or WLR) To register for any course, retreat, or conference, contact our office. We accept MasterCard, Visa & American Express
There is a $500 discount when two or more people attend the same $3,750+  workshop from the same company and location.
You must register together and attend together
All prices are subject to change. No refunds are given

Special Women Moving Forward®
Graduate Programs

Observing WMF®

All graduates are able to observe any WMF® public workshop

Availability is based on space
cost: $250 total ($450 US in Another country)
To Observe contact Susan to reserve space.

Reviewing WMF®

Any graduate can attend a WMF® public workshop and be a full participant in the workshop

You will need to fully participate and be present for the entire workshop.

cost: 50% of the workshop cost
(currently $1875 in the US)

Reviewer spaces are based on availability.

Contact us for more information.

2019 Women's Leadership Retreat®   
April 30- May 2, 2019    
Ojai, California  
April 29 Make-up day  

Advanced Men's
Oct. 23-25
Ojai, CA. 
For those of you who want to bring this very special workshop to the men in your company contact us to schedule one.

This is the Men's version of WMF®

Men all over the world have taken this workshop and have been surprised by the results.

The cost:

$40,000 for up to 14 men

We strongly recommend
this workshop be done in locations and
companies where WMF® has been held.

If you only continue to train women but do not also re-train men you just make women more frustrated.



17 Women Moving Forward® Graduates from all over the world came  
together and supplied over 3000 items to the 400 Detainees & their children at the Immigration Detention Center in Bakersfield, California.  
One of the 3 Social Workers there let us know what was needed. 
We sent books on trauma, bibles, prayer cards, art supplies, toys and puzzles for them.

We have given new life to the Social Workers and to the detainees and  
their children.

I am so proud of our graduates!

There is always more to do so if you would like to help contact Susan 
for more information.  

Graduate Feedback: Immigration

Hello Susan (and John).....I always read your newsletter even though I have been "retired" for nearly 20 years, now. Your teachings during my working days have had a positive impact on me as a mother, wife, leader and citizen.  I think of both of you often and just had to send a note re my thoughts on immigrants and immigration (Your editorial was great, in my opinion, and so very personal....thanks for sharing your family's personal journey to the US).
Very few US citizens are 100% American Indian, so the vast majority of us are immigrants, to one extent or another. That's why I cannot understand or even, sometimes, believe what I am hearing! The extreme, negative rhetoric I hear and read every day.regarding immigration and immigrants is so personally distressing to me and so inaccurate, in my opinion, that I just do not understand why more citizens have not spoken out. Thanks for speaking out in your editorial.
The King has NO clothes! The King is NOT truthful! The King has ulterior motives that are not aligned with old fashioned US values!!
With the current US population in negative growth, as many other developed nations are, where are our future citizens going to come from, if not immigration? The birth rate across all of our US melting pot is DOWN significantly in that we are not even replacing our current numbers for the future. 
As a nation, we are now creating the future where our sons and daughters and their sons and daughters, will live, work, and either flourish or fade. I sincerely pray that sanity, empathy, reason and old FASHION, US Values return to our government's collective leaders and that those future generations flourish....if sanity, empathy, reason and those old fashion US values do not return soon, the US, as we know it today (or maybe I should say: the way we knew it 18 months ago), will fade into oblivion like so many other societies have faded and essentially, disappeared, in the past.
The many successes and liberties the US has achieved for its people over the past 2 1/2 centuries, may very well fade into the past and become a very small footnote in history that few will read. I fear for our policies and choices in many areas and at many levels that are being made now. The next few years, given what seems to have become the norm within our leadership, is extremely scary to me.. 
Thinking of you often,
 Lynda Hunn 


bête noire
ˌbet ˈnwär,ˌbāt ˈnwär/
noun, French for  
  1. a person or thing that one particularly dislikes or that one blames for one's own problems
    ; scapegoat
  2.   As a Social Worker I have been the
    bête noire for many clients. Sometimes you are called upon to do so in a   professional capacity.

As CEO of SVVCI® I have also been put in that position many
times by some of you and by your companies. It is never  
a comfortable position especially when people are calling  
you names, openly trying to ruin your reputation,dismissing
you and what you bring to the table or trying to pick a fight
with you.
I endured it for the "greater good"and because I knew it was  
time limited until an issue or person could be resolved.  
We made great headway using bête noire   as a way to change
a culture.

You take on the role because someone or some company isn't
taking responsibility for something for which it is clearly responsible. Like some of your companies who wanted to
blame me for the sexual harassment in their company or
like some of you using me as a way to get your way with
your company.

You see, you cannot be the bête noire unless someone,
or a company, has abdicated their responsibility.

I know some of you have played that role yourselves.

So as I approach our 40th anniversary as a company I have made
some decisions, "Moving Forward".........

I am no longer available to be a bête noire, scapegoat for you or for your company. I am sure you will find many
other consultants willing to play that role (not as effectively
as I did I'll bet) if you offer them enough money.

That said if you are responsible for your life and/or your
company is responsible for it's actions I'm happy to support
you and them! If you present yourself to us as willing to
take responsibility for your life or your company's foibles
we will continue to work with you. We no longer have time
for those of you unwilling to take 100% responsibility.

You need to think about how you have done this in your
work and your personal life and make some choices about
playing this role moving forward.

Let me know what you think..............................  
Steps to Take to Address Workplace Violence

MS. Magazine had a great article last week on what women's groups
in the US and elsewhere can do to significantly change what happens
for women and men in the workplace:

1. Cover all workers whether they are temps or contractors. They all
   should be covered by company policies regarding sexual harassment
   and assault.

2. Change the Legal Standard for proving Sexual Harassment
   In 1985 the US Supreme Court ruled that sexually harassing
   Behavior must be "severe or pervasive."

3. Remove Caps on punitive and compensatory damages. If we've learned
   anything it's when their $ is at risk they make changes needed.

4. Extend the time to file a complaint. In the US you must file within 180-300
    Days. For most women, we're not even ready to deal with this rationally
    for years after it happens to you.

5. Make Employers responsible for harassment by any supervisor.
   Companies should be responsible for all harassment done by their 
   employees. They hired these people and pay them!

6. Hold Harassers PERSONALLY liable. If we could freeze personal
    assets of the harasser that would change the paradigm!

7. End mandatory arbitration and collective-action waivers and clauses.
    Most of you signed a document, when you were hired, forcing you into 
    arbitration so you are now blocked from going to court.

8. End pre-dispute nondisclosure requirements. This is another way your
   company tries to silence you; by requiring you to sign off on
   nondisclosure agreements BEFORE you even begin your first day on
   the job.

9. Increase accountability and transparency. Businesses and governments
    should be required to disclose harassment settlements to the public.     
    Senator Warren and Representative Maloney and Rosen have introduced
    The Sunlight in Workplace Harassment Act.

If we work toward all or even one of these in our own companies, States &
Countries we can get this done!

What do you think...........        
Women's Leadership Retreat® New Edition!!!

November 6-8, 2019 
Four Seasons Hotel & Spa
Westlake Village, CA. $4950

So many of you have complained that you will not ever  
be able to attend a WLR® since it is always full  
by the end of Day 1 of the prior year.


Now you can attend!!!! If you have taken WMF® and  
Advanced WMF® and you are director level or above 
you are now eligible for:

Nov. 6-8, 2019

We already have 5 women registered so there are Only 7  
spaces left! To register Contact Susan ASAP to have a conversation!   

40 Years Ago   

Contest #1

contest #7.1
Susan leading the first Women Moving Forward®

SVVCI® 40th Anniversary Summit  
Friday August 16, 2019!!

 Keep watching the newsletter for how we plan to mark the occasion.
We know for sure that we will be collecting your stories about your
"MOVING FORWARD." So if you would like to contribute one please
send it to us at our E-mail address:
I am looking forward to hearing from you!


Couple's Course January 25-27, 2019
3 couple's already registered. Only 3 more spaces available!

Women's Leadership Retreat April 30- May 2, 2019

Women's Leadership Retreat Nov. 6-8, 2019
5 spaces taken/ only 7 spaces left! 

Women Moving Forward® August 8-10, 2018
4 spaces left! 
                              Register on line here 


The Waikoloa side of the Big Island is fine and not effected by the Lava Flow!!

You will be safe!! 

  2018 Couple's Course

2019 Couples Course
January 25-27, 2019
Marriott Waikoloa Big Island Hawaii
If you want to register for 2019 let us know.
Only 3 couple spaces left

$3000 per couple. One of the couple must have attended a SVVCI® workshop. We recommend however that both have attended if at all possible.

(includes lunch all 3 days, continental breakfast and
afternoon snack)

If you have 8 women "ready to register" for a particular date we will schedule a Women Moving Forward® or
Advanced Women Moving Forward® in your area.

In the US the cost per woman for Women Moving Forward® is $3750. Outside of the US contact us for pp cost. 

Cost for Advanced in the US is $2750 pp contact us for cost outside of US

Contact Susan ASAP to schedule if you plan one of these in 2018! Our schedule is getting pretty full for the first 6 months
of 2018. 
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April 30-May 2, 2019  Women's Leadership Retreat®      
November 6-8, 2019 Women's Leadership Retreat®
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Susan Van Vleet Consultants, Inc.®
An International Consulting Company
Agoura Rd. Suite 255
Westlake Village, CA 91361
phone: 303.660.5206