Testimonials

Training and Public Speaking

"Suzanne's classes were effective, full of immediately useful lessons, and engaging. She presented what can be a difficult topic and handled difficult questions with the finesse of an experienced educator and coach. I'm looking forward to working with Suzanne more in the future!"
Steve Huffman, CEO, Reddit

 

“I don’t know anyone who presents complex and often fundamentally challenging information in a more inclusive and entertaining way than Dr. Wertheim. She connects with the audience in a way that breaks down barriers and creates an environment of productive collaboration. I tapped her to speak at the 2015 AIGA National Conference and received nothing but positive feedback from our attendees. Since then I’ve asked her to consult on my own presentations and have recommended her frequently.”
Stefan Bucher, CEO, 344 Design

 

"We did exhaustive research to find just the right partner to help our team better understand and combat bias. Suzanne’s programs were relatable, highly interactive, and informative. Rooted in academic research, but designed to help teams better communicate, we couldn’t have asked for more in this partnership. Really well done!”
Katelin Holloway, VP People & Culture, Reddit

 

"I spent all of Suzanne’s training session revisiting my own experiences and introspecting on the impact of choice of words, actions and decisions in the workplace. She did a great job of condensing a vast amount of research in practical, relatable ways. The relationships between culture, communication and bias in the workplace are complicated and being able to process it in an actionable way is very rewarding. What I gained wasn’t something abstract or a set of moral dos and don'ts but vital skills to be successful in a modern, diverse workplace."
Srinivas Jagannathan, Product Director, Pitney Bowes

 

“Suzanne is an engaging presenter with deep credibility in how everyday language shapes workplace culture. I attended her workshop at the Breaking Glass conference in June 2017, and found it so impactful. I especially enjoyed the breakout discussions we had based on scenarios that Suzanne provided, which allowed me to immediately apply the principles she had presented. And there were laughs even with the seriousness of the topic. I can't say enough good things about her workshop.”
Karen Catlin, Advocate for Women in Tech, Former tech executive.

 

“Suzanne's training on bias in language and interactions was fun and enlightening. It was like reading an amazing behavioral psychology book, but accelerated into just a couple of hours! I left the experience noticing new things all around me and found it immediately applicable. Highly recommended!”
Alex Le, VP Product, Reddit

 

“I have heard Suzanne Wertheim speak twice now and feel her exploration of the role linguistics is critical to addressing the challenges of workplace inclusion. Sharing social science research and paradigms from the field of cultural linguistics, Suzanne shines light on the otherwise invisible patterns of social engagement that create biases and boundaries to an equal playing field. She is an academic who is clearly comfortable presenting and also a facilitator with an upbeat and interactive style. Using examples from academia, pop culture and perhaps even your workplace, Suzanne will have your team spotting risky patterns and brainstorming ways to mitigate biases.”
Marjorie Stamper-Kern, Principal, M S-K Connections

 

Legal Education

“Dr. Wertheim was a breath of fresh air to the Long Beach Bar Association. Her presentation on Analyzing the Language of Bias was relevant to the practice of law and to everyday life. Attorneys of various practices including both transactional work and litigation found her program interesting. We look forward to having her speak to our organization soon.”

Neyleen S. Beljajev
Beljajev Law Group, PC

 

“MCLE presentations on Bias can often be repetitive and off-putting, making their positive effect on an attorney's future practices minimal.  Dr. Wertheim's presentation tackled the topic from a different angle, focused on identifying and minimizing bias from a scientific standpoint. Our attorneys were attentive and engaged with the topic, and we received many positive comments, as well as requests for a follow-up talk!”

 Erin Peterson
Director, Long Beach Bar Association

 

“Thank you so much for coming to Napa and presenting Analyzing the Language of Bias to the Napa County Women Lawyers Association. It was fascinating! I think I speak for the whole group when I say that it was one of the best presentations we have hosted in recent history.”

Katy Barfield
President, Napa County Women Lawyers Association