Suzanne Stigler Martin, PhD

United States Of America

"This is the true joy in life – that being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. That being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It’s sort of a splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. George Bernard Shaw "


Dr. Suzanne Martin sees her life and her consulting as a calling; bringing her life to bear on what she believes to be a mighty purpose ~ to bring about change. Her expertise includes nonprofit leadership, facilitation, collaboration, conflict integration, coaching, program development and qualitative research. Martin draws from the brilliant pioneering thinking of Mary Parker Follett, the “mother of leadership theory,” Servant Leadership, and Systems Thinking. Martin has a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership anSd a Master of Divinity and is the owner of transform., a boutique consulting firm in Birmingham, AL (USA).

Leadership Journey

Throughout my life I have participated in change initiatives that sometimes required my service as a visible, executive leader. I have learned that leadership is not a personality trait or the actions of one person, but a dynamic process between people following the true leader-- the common purpose. Effective leadership is multi-leveled, non-heroic, and shared between leaders and followers. My leadership experiences include classroom teaching, college student leadership development, grassroots organizing, church, community, and nonprofit spaces, as well as corporate consulting, training and development. All organizations share the same leadership challenge -- to get things done that matter. Leadership development is about defining reality together, articulating purpose, empowering effective collaborations, and relentlessly communicating in and through change, chaos, and conflict.