Susana Rinderle, MA, ACC
I’m the founder and owner of Words, Wisdom & Wellness. I help heal what ails us through creativity, heart and insight. I am a writer, wisdom coach, wellness warrior and workplace wizard. As a wisdom coach, I facilitate self-discovery and meaningful breakthroughs in my clients, who then experience greater confidence, clarity, direction and purpose in work and life. I connect clients with their deep internal wisdom, and with abundant external wisdom – in people, science, the natural world, powerful metaphors and spirituality. As a wellness warrior, I facilitate deep healing in my clients through trauma-informed coaching, body-focused stress management and intuitive insight. As a workplace wizard, I help leaders solve a pressing people problem or grow from good to great through organizational assessment, high-impact training and targeted leadership coaching. As a writer, I create essays, poems, videos and articles that infuse my audience’s lives with wisdom, wonder and/or wackiness.
I feel most alive during moments of awe, awwwww!, ah-HA! and ha-ha-ha! – and facilitating such moments for others. My core values are integrity, authenticity, beauty, justice, self-expression and helping create a world that works better for more of us.
I’ve spent nearly 30 years garnering meaningful results for my employers and clients across the U.S. and abroad in multiple sectors including nonprofit, corporate, healthcare, education and government. I am a Certified Professional Coach (CPC), an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) twice credentialed by the International Coach Federation, and a Certified Facilitator of The Resilience Toolkit. My coaching has led to client successes including improved team relationships and productivity, greater clarity and confidence, more effective decision making and “leading the way [they] always imagined.” I’m known among my clients and workshop participants for being knowledgeable, engaging, warm, passionate, impeccable, and having high integrity.
A native of Los Angeles, I hold a B.A. in sociology from UCLA and studied at UNAM in Mexico City. I completed an M.A. in intercultural communication at UNM and conducted my Master’s thesis research in Mexico. In the late 90’s I managed an international business graduate program for the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara and influenced the international business development and intercultural effectiveness of Hewlett-Packard de México.
My first career was in diversity & inclusion and intercultural communication. I’m proud to have been featured at TEDxABQ 2012 speaking on “Diversity is Necessary for Human Evolution”. I was the co-founder and first Manager of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH), where I oversaw or started all health equity and health literacy initiatives, LGBT advocacy, interpreter services and cultural competence training. I participated in the Disparities Leadership Program through Massachusetts General Hospital and co-authored an award-winning diversity strategic plan. After I left, UNMH was recognized as one of the Top 10 Hospital Systems by DiversityInc, and a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.
For twenty years, I was the President of Susana Rinderle Consulting, LLC, delivering training, coaching and consulting solutions to corporate, nonprofit and education clients in cross-cultural communication, diversity & inclusion, unconscious bias and leadership development. I’m a former Principal Consultant for Korn Ferry in the leadership development practice under Advisory. At Korn Ferry, I delivered coaching, training, facilitation and organizational diagnostic solutions to Fortune 500 companies in technology, finance, manufacturing, insurance, oil & gas, packaging, pharma and entertainment. I was instrumental in developing the unconscious bias training content, led the Inclusive Talent Management Audit workstream for two major client accounts, and assisted with developing the Inclusive Leader Assessment. Internally, I co-led the Latino Think Tank and produced thought leadership articles, mentored junior consultants and started online communities for coaching and wellness.
A former journalist, I was a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Workforce Magazine and formerly Diversity Executive, and have written for Training Magazine, American Diversity Report and Diversity Best Practices. I’ve published pieces on racial identity, Mexico and U.S. Latinos in commercial magazines such as Black Diaspora, Latin Style, Interrace, Native Americas, and Sacramento News & Review. My academic research, mostly on Hispanic/Latino identity labels, has appeared in the Journal of Communication Inquiry, International and Intercultural Communication Annual, The Howard Journal of Communications, The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Communication and Latinos and Latinas in US History and Culture: An Encyclopedia. My poetry has appeared in in the Malpais Review and two editions of Catching Calliope.
I envision a world where every person receives all the knowledge and skills necessary to live their healthiest, happiest life, and fully contribute their unique gifts for personal and collective benefit. My four innate superpowers are insight, empathy, humor and problem solving, and my life purpose to learn and grow as much as possible and help others do the same. Descended from a long line of oddballs and creatives, I’m both artist and scientist, and a big picture thinker with an eye for detail. I’m equally at home contemplating the forest and digging in the weeds. I relish my identities as chameleon, stereotype buster and injector of whimsy.
Outside of work I feel most alive hiking in wild places, singing soulful music (in English or Spanish), dancing hip hop or UJAM, savoring incredible food and conversation with exceptional people, caring for vulnerable humans and animals, and bellylaughing. I’m a former top tier slam poet (New Mexico), boxer and medal-winning competitive runner. My current goals are to join an R&B a capella group and try stand-up comedy!