Susanne Conrad is the founder of Lightyear Leadership; a company that creates and implements dynamic, innovative communication programs for powerful leaders and progressive companies. She has worked as a leadership and communication advisor for more than 30 years, helping people improve their interpersonal and business skills — and create happier, more intentional lives in the process.
Susanne’s early career focused on environmental analysis and communications — she served six years in governmental consulting roles in Washington D.C. and has provided strategic consulting for companies including Sun Microsystems, the Hilton Corporation, Hewlett Packard, lululemon athletica, and earls kitchen + bar.
Throughout her career, Susanne recognized that the solution to most of the world’s major issues could be resolved through better communication — communication between regulatory agencies, governments, community members, and employees. This understanding led Susanne to found her own consulting firm, The Conrad Group, an organization dedicated to helping solve big problems by improving communication.
Susanne is also a certified NIA black belt instructor and was the founder of NIA Santa Monica. (NIA is a fitness technique that combines elements of yoga, martial arts, and dance.) She is committed to tithing, and regularly leads courses and workshops to support the efforts of organizations like imagine1day and the Africa Yoga Project.
Susanne is happily married (you might even say ridiculously so) to Brett Conrad, an avid swimmer and cyclist who runs a clean-technology investment firm. She has four children: Surya, Chandra, Hunter, and C.J.; and is grandmother to Rico Rhyder and Annabelle Scout. Susanne and her husband live in Santa Monica, CA, with their dog Kalani.