Comfort Consulting helps you invest in your team's capacity, from the inside out. In any workplace -- nonprofit, corporate, government -- humans need to feel connected before they can work effectively together.
...Connection before content. Without relatedness, no work can occur."
-- Peter Block, author of Flawless Consulting
Left, Kevin & Erin Maile O'Keefe lead a "Human Art of Play" session in Susan's yard
Susan's hybrid skills coached me through an inflection point in my tenure as Executive Director. I was navigating internal organizational challenges and external barriers at the federal level. Susan applied her 25+ years managing non-profits, navigating shifting landscapes and fundraising (always fundraising) to lay a more sustainable course for GHF. Most importantly, she integrated it with my personal health and family goals, all in a few short months.
--Amy Livingston, Global Health Foundation
As my first boss in the nonprofit field 15 years ago, Susan developed my voice as a grant writer and instilled in me the power of storytelling.
These essential lessons informed who I am as a fundraiser today. Supported by Susan's early coaching and continued mentorship I recently stepped into my first development director role!
-- Anne Morgan, Humanities Washington
Back in the 90s, Susan introduced our unwilling office staff to “chair yoga” and “mindfulness” and we all groaned.
Today, my best days begin with a meditative walk through the quiet, snowy woods, and I understand why Susan embraced early mind-body-spirit integration as a burnout prevention tool.
--Rani Sheaffer, Maine Conservation Voters
Yes. I come from a family of Coach Comforts (my dad was a champion NCAA swim coach, my brother was a high school baseball coach, and my mom was a star physical therapist). My coaching isn't usually THAT physical, but as the photo to the left shows, I do love getting people upside down (and therefore outside of their "comfort zone").
Two reasons: 1) We must bring out best selves to this world-changing work, and as a movement, self-care isn't our strong suit. 2) Supporting each other on physical and mental health opportunities at work can build stronger teams.
“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. ... Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
― Edward Abbey