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Susan Freimark, M.A., L.P.C.

Senior Associate Director, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

Susan Freimark is the Senior Associate Director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at Case Western Reserve University.  In that capacity, she manages the Women Faculty Leadership Development Institute which provides workshops, training, speakers, and individual coaching for all women faculty on the CWRU campus.  This work focuses on leadership and professional development issues for women and addresses the obstacles and challenges that often impede women from reaching their career goals.

Freimark was part of the original CWRU coaching team through the NSF ACES (Academic Careers in Engineering and Science) grant that developed the concept and template for all coaching on campus.  She has coached faculty for over 15 years, with an emphasis on STEMM.  Issues she has provided coaching for include salary equity, power differentials, navigating organizational politics, networking and gaining visibility, career visioning, career action plans, sexual harassment and discrimination, work-life integration, and transitioning into administrative positions.  Freimark has been coaching in the FLEX program since its inception and has become familiar with the different cultures at Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth, and the VA Medical Center.

Susan Freimark is a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a focus on career and professional development issues.  She co-created, teaches and coaches in the To Tenure and Beyond program, which is a year-long program that provides pre-tenure faculty with the tools and guidance to reach tenure and develop a professional development plan for “life after tenure.”  She co-created, teaches, and coaches in the What’s Next? program which is a three-session program for mid-career women faculty to make sense of their career path and plan for the future.  This program is available on the CWRU campus as well as through WPSA at the Cleveland Clinic.


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Debra L. Griest, Ph.D.   

President, G.L. Griest & Associates

 Dr. Griest is the President of D.L. Griest & Associates, an executive coaching and organization consulting firm based in Cleveland, OH. She has nearly 30 years experience working with various types of the private sector and private sector organizations. She has provided executive coaching and consulting services in the aerospace, professional services, healthcare, manufacturing, and government sectors. 

Dr. Griest began her career with NASA Lewis Research Center where she the leader of the training and organization development function and served as an executive coach and internal consultant. She has been an independent consultant, working throughout the US and Canada, since 1994.

Dr. Griest specializes in executive coaching, team development, and change management. In the course of her career, she has coached over 200 mid and senior-level leaders who were seeking to enhance their ability to lead their organizations. She has worked with numerous large and mid-size organizations as they have implemented extensive change initiatives. She has also helped HR organizations develop their capacity for executive coaching and internal consulting.

Dr. Griest is an active member of Bay Presbyterian Church in Bay Village, Ohio. She currently serves as Board Chair for a Christian non-profit organization, Building Hope In the City, which seeks to support the renewal of urban neighborhoods through creation, support, and revitalization of ministry efforts. She is also Executive Director of Seeking Stillness Ministries which promotes spiritual development by sponsoring Christian retreats and providing spiritual direction. Debra is married and enjoys outdoor activities, the arts, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.