Suzanne C. de Janasz

Suzanne C. de Janasz
George Mason University

Dr. de Janasz has spent the last 20+ years teaching in industry and academia, and on every continent except Antarctica. Her specialties include leadership, change/organization development, negotiation, innovation, mentoring/career development, and leadership capabilities (e.g., coaching, performance management, empowerment, cross-cultural interaction, influence/persuasion, executing change). An engaging and award-winning instructor, de Janasz spent several years directing and teaching in customized executive programs at IMD for clients such as Allianz, Borealis, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, FrieslandCampina, Iberdrola, ISS, Maersk, Metso, Nestlé, Novartis, NovoNordisk, OMV, Pictet, Rabobank, Rio Tinto, Safran, Santandér, Skanska, Skyguide, Vale, WWF. While at IMD, she led executive development programs on behalf of a Swiss non-profit whose mission is to facilitate greater independence and accountability in state-owned banks in countries such as Vietnam and Bosnia Herzegovina. She continues to develop and deliver innovative programs for clients such as BAE Systems, CitiCorp, CPChem, Freddie Mac, Symrise, TUV Nord, and Verallia, as well as a variety of open programs that focus on women, persons of color, mid-career to senior executives, STEM professionals, family business owners, and formerly trafficked women through HERA—a UK charity that empowers women with entrepreneurship skills and mentoring.

Working closely with clients and participants representing global and national public, private, and non-profit organizations—and employing innovative pedagogies to include professional coaches, group projects, webinars, or peer mentoring—Dr. de Janasz infuses her passion and expertise into such workshop topics as: Leading Transformational Change, Engaging and Succeeding in Negotiation, Leading for Creativity and Innovation, Empowering Individuals and Teams, Capitalizing on Everyday Negotiations, The Art and Science of Persuasion, Cultivating Networks and Mentors for Career Success, Leading with Emotional Intelligence, Leading and Negotiating Across Borders, Coaching for High Performance, Sustainable Leadership, Aligning Careers from the Inside Out, Understanding and Influencing Stakeholders, Beyond Juggling: Achieving a Sustainable Work-Life Balance, Creating High-Performing Teams.

Dr. de Janasz draws upon her early industry experience (Hughes Aircraft Company and Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company), board work, and consulting in conducting and publishing rigorous and practical research on leadership, mentoring, negotiation, CEO learning, work-family conflict, and authenticity. Her work appears in top academic (e.g., Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior) and practitioner journals (e.g., Harvard Business Review, Dialogue) and features regularly in global outlets (e.g., Financial Times [UK], Forbes India, Gulf Business [Middle East], Straits Times [Singapore]), online (HBRonline,, and on radio podcasts (e.g., NPR’s With Good Reason). A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. de Janasz is the author of the leading text Interpersonal Skills in Organizations (McGraw Hill, 7th edition, 2022; other versions for China, Europe, Australia, Canada available), Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (Chicago Business Press, 2nd edition, 2019), and has won several teaching awards.