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Leadership is a gift that should be respected and not taken lightly!

Allow me to introduce myself and share my professional expertise. My name is Sue Fern, and I have been designing and delivering leadership programs for the past 20 years to a diverse clientele. Being a leader in today's world is no small feat. With the many social and cultural issues that permeate every aspect of life, it can be a real challenge to navigate the complexities of managing a team or community. As a leader, it is crucial to constantly seek out knowledge and share it with your team in order to build a strong foundation for success.


I have been fortunate enough to work in a variety of cultures and professional communities, which has given me invaluable hands-on experience and the skills needed to make a real impact in any organization. Recently, in 2022, I met three incredible women who shared my passion for leadership and organizational growth. They are called Defy Expectations, and I have joined their founding team; we are excited to help companies and associations achieve their full potential.

If you want to ensure that your team comprises the right people doing the right things at the right time, then look no further. Our customized tools and professional mentoring will help you lead your community with social and ethical responsibility. With our guidance, you'll gain the skills to identify and develop future talent, ensuring your organization's long-term success. Leadership will no longer be a challenge but rather an experience to be cherished.  


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Contact us at Defy Expectations and let us help you achieve your goals.


What distinguishes my approach to leadership programs is my proactive engagement with leaders and community members to comprehend their distinct challenges and requirements fully. Subsequently, I customize my programs to cater to their particular situation. My programs are invariably composed of three components, shown below, that have been repeatedly proven to be impactful.

If you are keen on developing a tailored program for your team, I would be delighted to collaborate with you and my Defy Expectations team to guide you through the process of making your board of directors, management team, or community group a stronger, more successful leadership. Thank you for your valuable time, and I look forward to helping you succeed soon.
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As you embark on the process of strategic planning, it is crucial to keep in mind that this is your chance to define your direction and make critical resource allocation decisions. With my assistance, I can assure you that your planning and execution will be a triumph. Let us collaborate to develop a strategic plan that caters to your requirements and enables you to achieve your objectives.

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Arthur Levy, DMD - NY

Sue led us through a Strategic Leadership Workshop that helped us to illuminate our strengths and weaknesses & plan for a strong united future.

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As you journey towards becoming a better leader, it is crucial to invest in your own growth and that of your team. This is where leadership development comes in. My role is to facilitate the execution of your leadership development plans by building alignment and capabilities with you. Together, we can ensure that you and your team are equipped with the necessary skills to take on any leadership challenge.


Emily O'Mahoney, FASLA

Sue has been an asset to our association. She has a wealth of professional leadership knowledge, strategic focus and revenue options..



It is important to take a step back from the day-to-day operations and dedicate time to focus on the future. One effective way is to organize a leadership retreat. You and your team can engage in focused discussion, solve problems, develop skills, and create plans and strategies. As your moderator, I will take your team to the next level and establish a solid foundation for your organization. 


Sara Barkley Raaymakers

Sue totally revolutionized the way we run our legal community group Our officers now enjoy leadership and have focus.

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