June  2017


Women Moving Forward®


Graduate Newsletter  


In This Issue


2017 Workshops

Women Moving Forward®
June 7-9
Westlake Village, CA

Advanced Women
Moving Forward®
July 13-14
Westlake Village, CA
2 spaces left

Advanced Women
Moving Forward®
Sept. 12-13
Westlake Village,
3 spaces left

October 17-19
Westlake Village, CA
5 spaces left

December 5-7
Westlake Village, CA
5 spaces left


To bring WMF® or Advanced WMF®

to your town or company contact us  





Public Workshop Schedule   

All prices are in US Dollars
Women Moving Forward® 
June 7-9
Westlake Village,CA

Advanced WMF®
July 13-14
Westlake Village, CA
2 spaces left

Advanced WMF®
Sept. 12-13
Westlake Village, CA
3 spaces left

Women Moving Forward®
Oct. 17-19
Westlake Village, CA
5 spaces left

Women Moving Forward®
Dec. 5-7
Westlake Village, CA 
5 spaces left


Couples Course©
January 26-28
Marriott Waikoloa
Beach Resort
Hawaii, Hawaii
$2750 per couple
3 couple spaces left

Women's Leadership
May 1-3
1 space left
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.

2018 Women's Leadership Retreat®   
May 1-3, 2018   
April 30 Make-up day  
Must have attended WMF® & Advanced WMF® 
You MUST Register BEFORE
May 3, 2017 to get one
of the spaces left.  
Men Relationships and Work©

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:

$35,000 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.


Graduate Feedback

I have at least two friends and know of many others, who "waited" to have children as they were concerned about leaving in the midst of their careers to have children.  The fertility field acted as if they were a "given" to help you when older.  Many spent thousands to get pregnant and then had multiples and/or were not able to get pregnant.
I recall in a panel of senior woman managers, when one was asked about any regrets she had she said "not having children".  She was an older woman and I believe she waited and then was not able to have them.  The sorrow on her face is still before me.  I thank God I was able to have my two boys at 38 and 40 years but I have always coached women not to manage their family planning too closely with career planning.  One ends at 60-65 and the other is a blessing forever.

A Graduate
Thank You for your great comments. Fertility can indeed be a problem as women age.
However, for me, the fact that women get to choose to have children or not is
what we fought for in the 60's and I am glad for it!

Not MY Problem! 
In the last few months I have been keeping tabs on how often other people have asked me or tried to push their problems in my lap.

From waiters to clients I have been inundated with people who want me to take care of their problem for them.

I believe people are so overwhelmed with their lives and jobs
that this is becoming more of an issue.

I usually put their problems back squarely on their shoulders and
either listen to their requests or demands and/or confront them
with their lack of responsibility in the matter.

If asked, I will make recommendations for where and how they can
solve their own problem. But only if asked.

But listen closely, I never and I mean never make their problem
my problem! If you do that you will be chasing your tail and you will own it all; them and their problem.

They are most probably on a roller coaster in their lives and out of
control and want you or me to get on the roller coaster with them.

Stand on the ground and wave and let them know you will be
happy to support them getting off the roller coaster but DO

For example, I went to a nail salon. They did a lousy job and I pointed out to them why I felt less then satisfied. They then told me how difficult my nails were because they are not flat. I suggested
that that was why I was coming to them as they were supposed
to be the nail experts and if they prefer I could go to one of the
other nail salons in a 2 mile radius of their shop. Since I pay
them to do my nails their shape are not my problem,even though they
are my nails. How many of you would then feel guilty for having
curvy and not flat nails?

Now let's look at a work example. Very often client companies
will choose to pay us in 60-90 days which invariably makes a
$35,000 workshop go up to $40,000- $50,000. See I don't care
if you pay me in 60-90 days because we have no late fees, we
have higher prices for 60-90 day payables. I feel it is
your internal problem to deal with my payment not mine. I
will just adjust your bill to reflect your system's limitations!

See, not my problem.

Very often folks will tell me they cannot
do anything outside the system they have and try to make
that system my problem. But it is not my problem and lately we
have been refusing work with companies whose systems try to
make their design my problem! There's actually one system that
charges the supplier (me) for billing your company to do work
you have ordered from us. One of your companies
has actually made billing by your suppliers a profit center
for your company! Again not my problem!

If you think about it I am sure you can recall thousands of
examples; personally and professionally in which folks have
made their problems your problems. And I would bet the results
are always bad.

Here's a fail safe way to deal with this; When they ask you
or try to dump something on you ask yourself the question, "Who's
problem is this?"

I bet lots will come off your responsibility list if you just ask
that question before you take on something that is not your

By the way, if you have kids and you make their problems yours
they will never learn how to deal with their own problems.

As always let me know what you think.



2017 Couple's Course
2018 Couples Course January 26-28, 2018
Big Island Hawaii

It was a great 3 day session with a great group of people!
If you want to register for 2018 let us know.

$2750 for the couple. One of the couple must have attended a SVVCI® workshop.
Only 5 couple spaces left for 2018 
If you are changing your e-mail address let us know so we can
stay in touch with you!  Contact Us To Change Address

        HOLDING A WOMEN MOVING FORWARD®                                        

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 call us for pp cost. 

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

Contact Susan ASAP to schedule if you plan one of these in 2017!

 Order your copies of the Women Moving Forward®
books here:

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PURCHASE 2  BOOKS GET $500 discount on our Women Moving Forward® Workshops!!!!

                                    WOMEN MOVING FORWARD®                                             

For nearly forty years, Susan Bash Van Vleet has been conducting groundbreaking workshops that have helped thousands of women worldwide move forward both professionally and personally. In her latest guidebook, Van Vleet presents twenty-seven innovative concepts that will help women live with intention and create a happy existence.

Van Vleet, founder and president of a consulting firm that specializes in the areas of change management, diversity, communication, team building, project management, and leadership, offers concepts and a series of exercises that lead women through a step-by-step process to finding purpose in life, creating and intending to make positive changes, learning self-love, and shunning negative thought processes. Included are worksheets that help women identify past emotions in order to transform current relationships, the signs of addiction and co-dependency, and the differences between certain types of behaviors.

Women Moving Forward® shares theories and thought-provoking assignments that guide women to identify a purpose and build a better, more fulfilling life.

                              WOMEN MOVING FORWARD®
                                             Over The Years 

For nearly forty years, Susan Bash Van Vleet has been conducting groundbreaking workshops that have helped thousands of women worldwide deal with personal blockages to moving forward in their personal and professional lives. Now in a compilation of articles gathered from her popular Women Moving Forward® newsletter sent to workshop graduates over the last twenty years, Van Vleet shares valuable knowledge, personal stories, objective opinions, and up-to-date research that will appeal to women from all walks of life.

Van Vleet, founder and president of a consulting firm that specializes in the areas of change management, diversity, communication, team building, project management, and leadership, offers a plethora of information on a wide variety of topics that include violence against women, motherhood, health care, workplace issues, mental health, and aging. Included is feedback from workshop graduates who provide diverse perspectives on her teachings and newsletter topics.

Women Moving Forward® shares a collection of articles gathered from years of newsletters that continue to this day to provide time-tested advice, guidance, and empowerment to women around the world.

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CA Sunset
Location for our WLR 2017
 2017 Course Schedule 

Advanced WMF® $2750       
 July 13-14     Westlake  Village, CA 

Women Moving Forward® $3750

June 7-9, 2017   Westlake Village, CA
only 1 space left 

If you want us to come to your town or company and hold a WMF® or Advanced WMF® contact us for information.   
WLR® 2016

May 2-4, 2017 Women's Leadership Retreat FULL!!!

If you plan to register for 2018 you will need to complete
your registration by April 21 of 2017!  

The Couple's Course®  


Join Us In Paradise In 2018! January 26-28.
  Big Island Hawaii  

4 Couple spaces left!

$2750 per couple.  
Prerequisite: One of the couple has to have attended another SVVCI® workshop and you need to be in a committed relationship for 5 or more years.

To get one of the last space in 2018 call us at our office; 303-660-5206 or Send us an E-mail;  

We look forward to seeing you on The Big Island in 2016!

To register for any of our workshops go on line to svanvleetconsult.com, call our office at 303-660-5206 or E-mail us!

All spaces are available on a first come first serve basis! Don't wait
to register These workshops will fill up many months out!

Click on link below and register or e-mail or call! 

Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village

Our office:
31416 Agoura Rd. Suite 255
Westlake Village, CA. 91361

      ONLY 1 Space Left




  Continuing your Women Moving Forward® experience 
 The March Advanced Women Moving Forward® Group in Westlake Village, CA.

If you have ever thought, "I wish I could hear Susan's voice again" or "I want to re-visit what I learned in WMF® now that my life has changed" then

Advanced Women Moving Forward®
could be an option for you!

Because women's lives occur in stages: singledom, marriage, kids, etc. we always had the option for women to return to the workshop when they entered a new stage.

Here are the 3 options graduates can use to attend WMF® again:

Attending Advanced Women Moving Forward®

The 2 day workshop will have you focus on:
Your purpose in life and how to live a more purposeful life.

Completing your old Declarations of Self

Creating new Declarations of Self

Declarations of Self Exercise


In this option you are actually a full participant. You do a pre-call and pre-work and participate as a full participant!

You will need to be present for all 3 days and do all the workshop exercises.

The cost is 50% of the total cost of the workshop. So here in the US reviewing currently costs $1875


In this option you sit at the Observer Table and do the exercises from that vantage point. You can "observe" where you are now and where you need to be next. You participate only silently from the back of the room.

Observing affords you the flexibility to come and go as you please (except during the completion exercise).

You do not participate fully and only speak to the room if asked to by Susan

The cost to Observe is $250 in the US and $450 in other countries.

In every workshop we do we have limited spaces for Reviewers and for Observers.

If you think you will want to Observe or Review please let us know so we can reserve your space.

Next Opportunities to Observe or Review are next week in Cincinnati and in October in Geneva. I look forward to the possibility of seeing some of you soon!

Watch for new schedule of Advanced WMF® in 2016!



Women's Leadership Retreat 2018  
At the 2017 WLR® there was considerable discussion of the use of Power and the feeling of Powerlessness.

For example; Just because Power has been used badly on you does not mean power is inherently bad.
It also does not follow that since the use of power on you wan done badly that when you use power
you are bad!!

Only one space is available in 2018. If you want to attend please let Susan know ASAP.
Don't get shut out! 

The 2017 WLR® group

The Bacara Resort was the beautiful site for 2016

& Have Dinner 
A Graduate Lunches & Dinners are Scheduled for:

Sunday Brunch  March 26  Shanghai, China, Hilton Hotel
RSVP by Monday 3/20
  Linda, Chris & Sharon Dinner NJ

Graduate  Lunch in Princeton, Jersey
Graduate lunch August 2 in Princeton, NJ  
Join us at the next Graduate Lunch in Cincinnati
Dec. 9  

Graduate Lunch in Cincinnati September 16
Kaye Weiner, Carol Stacey, Susan, Ann Brack & Jeryl Proudfit


 If you plan to refer someone or attend yourself let 
us know ASAP!!!! 


July 13-14, 2017            Westlake Village, CA
September 12-13, 2017 Westlake Village, CA 

Ana & Gill   Day 2 Advanced WMF®  Westlake Village, CA.
Here are some quotes from the evaluations of the last
Advanced Women Moving Forward® Workshop:

"I understand the boundaries that go along with my role,
I will be able to make more efficient decisions"

"I have a greater sense of clarity over my life....this has given
me the opportunity to start with a clean slate. I am more in touch with myself..."

"I am more purposeful and can lead from a higher level....
I am more 'in the moment' because the distractions are being

"...(I'm) not alone in my experience, support is so helpful...
like a renewal of WMF® to a further degree"

"I will live more on purpose at work which will make me more
effective in my role...as a leader. This will benefit my company.."

"I plan to move through breakdown as quickly as possible"

"I am more centered and more on purpose which will help me
make clearer decisions and improve productivity"

"Knowing that breakdowns are opportunities to learn
information to move back into creation vs viewing them as a
dead end"

"I will focus on 'who owns the problem' and delegate the
solution to them"

"I have let go of old declarations and am refocused on the
path forward"

 Deb & Sonia pairing up AWMF® Westlake Village, CA

The 2017 Retreat® pictures:

In 2017 we discussed Powerlessness and it's ramifications for the women in the
The Retreat®

 The Retreat© is a safe place for women
 to be so they can feel the support of other women and personally
and professionally grow from that experience.

No matter how successful you are there is always
more to develop and grow.

To attend in 2018 you must be a graduate of Women Moving Forward®
 for at least a year and you must also attend Advanced Women Moving Forward® 

Advanced Women Moving Forward® is scheduled for:

July 13-14 & Sept. 12&13  Thousand Oaks, CA

You will also need to attend the make-up day. You will have 31+
concepts to master and 90+ pages of pre-work.

We will bundle the price of the workshops together so you can meet the prerequisites with a discount.
2018 only has 1 space left.

Fee for new participants or participants who missed a year; $4950 US
Returning participants; $4150 US

I look forward to speaking with you about this
incredible program!




For those of you who want to attend The Women's
Leadership Retreat® for the first time in 2016 there is
now a prerequisite; Advanced Women Moving Forward®

We use to be able to do a make-up day for The Retreat®
to cover all of the previous year's concepts.

This is not possible any longer. With 60+ pages of
concepts to learn before the first day of The Retreat®
we must have another way to get potential attendees
up to the current year's concepts.

The 2 day format will cover:

1. The participant will start to identify or identify
their purpose in life.

2. The participant will know the properties of purpose

3. The participant will know how this supports their
work and how to maximize their work contribution
using their purpose

4. The participant will know and know how to use
intention to attain higher levels of productivity.

5. The participant will be able to bring in to being
bigger results using their knowledge of Creation,
Intention and Purpose.

Who Should Attend This Workshop?

1. Any woman who is a graduate of
Women Moving Forward® and who wants to
improve her productivity and lead a more purposeful life.

2. Any woman who plans to attend the Women's
Leadership Retreat® and has not attended before.

3. Any graduate of Women Moving Forward® who
wants to continue the process they start

Cost: $2750 ($4750 in Geneva)
To register: E-mail us at
or register via our website:

Graduate Programs: 

Observing is a WMF® graduate program that includes 
attending the workshop and looking at how far  
you have come since taking the workshop. It also helps  
you to keep the learnings you got as impactful as they were  
when you took  
the workshop. 
 The side benefit of Observing is supporting the women  
attending by modeling what it is to complete the workshop.

If you would like to Observe any of the community based  
workshops in 2011 all you need to do is contact us to make  
a reservation and pay the $250 fee. Seats in each  
workshop are limited and are given on a first come  
first serve basis.
Four Graduates in Europe Observed the Frankfurt workshop
last year. 
You do not have to be at all three days of the workshop.  
You can  be at one day or several or you can come for an afternoon.
The schedule is up to you when you Observe.

Some Graduates bring their workshop buddies with them  
to Observe and some bring their old notebooks!

     2018 Women's Leadership Retreat®                                                                               
       May 1-3, 2018
       Only 1 space left!!
If you have never attended before you will need to attend  
the Advanced Women Moving Forward®    
as a prerequisite.
Cost: $4950 US
$4175 US for returning attendees  

Bring Women Moving
Forward® or Advanced Women Moving Forward® To Your Area  
To have us schedule a  Women Moving Forward® 
Public Workshop or an Advanced Women Moving Forward®
 in your  area  you will need to register  10+ women
Prices differ by country and US state.

We will then fill the rest of the spaces with women from
other companies and areas unless you purchase all 12
spaces for your company.

For more information contact Susan 
Women Moving Forward®
For Your Company or
To have a Women Moving Forward®  workshop  that
 is just for your  Organization the fee is $45,000+ USD
any where in the world for up to 12 women!
For more information contact us at
Women Moving Forward® Website!!!


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Women Moving Forward® and
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Graduate Lunches & Opportunities for Graduates

Any Graduate of Women Moving Forward from
company can attend. There is no cost to the

Watch for new Schedule

Observing Women Moving Forward®

Observe any US Community Based
Women Moving Forward®
for $250 in US $450 elsewhere

Space is limited so reserve your chair to observe  NOW!!


About Susan Van Vleet
Consultants, Inc.
Susan Van Vleet Consultants, Inc.®
An International Consulting Company
Agoura Rd. Suite 255
Westlake Village, CA 91361
phone: 303.660.5206 

E-mail: svvconsult@svanvleetconsult.com