Susan Schmitt




Susan J. Schmitt Winchester, until Feb 2024 was the Chief HR Officer and Senior Vice President at Applied Materials, the world’s largest industrial automation and information company. Susan boasts over 25 years of experience enhancing organizational value. Passionate about aligning corporate strategy, building leadership capabilities, and fostering inclusive cultures, Susan emphasizes the significance of Human Resources. Dedicated to developing innovative strategies that drive exceptional performance, she shares her expertise through speaking engagements and publications. Susan co-authored the book, “Healing at Work: A Guide to Using Career Conflicts to Overcome Your Past and Build the Future You Deserve,” focusing on empowering professionals for joyful lives and organizations.

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May 14, 2024 09:30 AM

When Your Past Gets in the Way of Your Future: A Groundbreaking Approach to Emotional Health at Work

Millions of people struggle to thrive as adults after growing up in a dysfunctional family life. The result? Adult Survivors of Damaged Pasts (ASDP). High-performing, overachieving ASDPs regularly show up at work as perfectionists and people pleasers. Others become corporate bullies. Some ASDPs survive by avoiding conflict, working in isolation, and keeping their thoughts and ideas to themselves. These behaviors are often a sign of unconscious struggling to prevail over a wounded past that threatens their well-being and careers. You may not be an ASDP, but chances are very high you work with and lead them. Alternatively, the modern workplace presents an opportunity to help these employees discover emotional safety and confidence, freely collaborate inside team environments, trust their own judgment, and look to the future with optimism. The benefit to Applied? Retention and cultivation of valuable talent in a healthy corporate culture, where all employees feel empowered to contribute their best. Susan tackles this pervasive issue using insights and stories from her experiences as an ASDP, the science of neuroplasticity with extensive positive psychology research, and a 35-year career working with emotionally complex executives and leaders.  Why you’ll want to participate in this session:

  • Understand the costs of loneliness and emotional conflicts on business vitality, company cultures, as well as personal
  • Identify opportunities leaders have to develop a culture that is a brave space for employees to discover healing from the past and bring their full gifts, potential, and professionalism to high-performing
  • Explore ways that leaders can discover new levels of joy in their own professional lives and career fulfillment by creating a healing culture inside their company

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May 14, 2024 01:30 PM

Healing at Work Leaders’ Masterclass

Join this enlightening Healing at Work Leaders’ Masterclass, a transformative journey designed to elevate your leadership through the discovery of the 6 pillars of the Healing at Work Success Path. This masterclass will not only enhance your self-awareness, emotional intelligence (EQ), and leadership skills but also equip you with practical strategies, scripts, and tips to support your employees in navigating “Bumper Car Moments,” thus fostering a more engaged and productive workforce. Benefit from personalized coaching on complex challenges, share and learn from the experiences of fellow leaders, and leave with a comprehensive Healing at Work toolkit to improve your professional life and that of your team. Key takeaways include:

  • Mastery of the Healing at Work Success Path’s 6 pillars.
  • Enhanced self-awareness, EQ, and leadership capability.
  • Strategies for managing workplace conflicts and improving employee engagement.
  • Personalized coaching and valuable insights from other leaders.
  • A Healing at Work toolkit to enhance your leadership and team dynamics.

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