Susan Keel

Susan brings openness, clarity, curiosity, integrity, and compassion to her coaching.  Her clients appreciate her calm, steady presence, her positive attitude, her insightful questions, and her honest, warm, dependable feedback.

Susan’s coaching is informed by a rich professional past.  She worked as a registered nurse prior to law school.  As a lawyer she practiced family law in San Francisco, then worked as a mediator, providing conflict resolution services to divorcing couples.  Her mediation style was informed by a desire to guide clients through a process where they could be creative problem solvers and make fully informed, non-coerced decisions in an informal setting.  As a professor, Susan taught negotiation and mediation to law students and also coached small groups of law students, lawyers and judges in negotiation, mediation and empathy skills.

Susan has two wonderful adult daughters who have been great teachers to her; she was married for 25 years and has traveled extensively.  She participated for several years in the Four Fold Way program conducted by Angeles Arrien, first as a student and then as a mentor.

In 2005, Susan returned to nursing where she has learned a great deal about leadership.  This transition followed her experiences with cancer and divorce, both escalating her personal growth.   In 2008,  she became a professional life coach because she wanted to bring all of her skill, expertise, and life lessons together, to help others with their growth and development.

When not working, Susan enjoys yoga, walking with friends and her miniature Australian Shepherd, movies, theater and learning French.


  • UCLA, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, cum laude
  • Southwestern University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law
  • Lecturer, UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall
  • Coaches Training Institute – Certified Professional Co-active Coach
  • Center for Right Relationship – Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching
  • Member of International Coaches Federation
  • Member of San Francisco Bay Area Coaches

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