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Susan Retik

Leadership Coach

Susan is a sought-after leadership coach, motivational speaker and the Co-Founder and CEO of the non-profit, Beyond the 11th. Her work with Beyond the 11th and her commitment to Afghan widows, was born of her own journey into widowhood when her husband David was killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11th.

In the years since 2001, she has become an inspirational speaker, sharing her remarkable story of transforming personal loss into humanitarian outreach.

She is also a Certified Leadership Coach, helping clients gain self-awareness, unlock their potential, and clarify professional goals to align more authentically with deeply held personal values.

Susan has received numerous awards for her work, including the Presidential Citizen’s Medal in 2010 awarded by President Obama. She delivered a TEDx talk in 2019 and has also been featured in many news and media outlets including the NY Times, The Washington Post, People, the Today Show and the Oprah Show. Susan is especially proud of the award-winning documentary film Beyond Belief, which details her work with Beyond the 11th including a 2006 trip to Afghanistan.

Susan is passionate about helping people find their own leadership potential. To this end, she works 1-2-1 with clients, delivers workshops and keynotes. Susan possesses a contagious energy which translates into helping others step into their own greatness.