Learn From Me

Learn From Me

“Dr. Rebecca Sutherns is a visionary thought leader, dynamic storyteller and experienced guide. Her work is a beacon of inspiration, shedding light on the transformative power of adaptability as a source of sustainable personal energy and imagination as something we need to grow into, not out of.”


Let me inspire your group to grow into its imaginative potential and be energized by its need to adapt.

The Imagination Imperative

Stepping into a future we actually want — societally, organizationally or personally — will require us to move beyond evidence and into the realm of imagination. We are more likely to physically create scenarios we have first mentally created in vivid detail. Imagination is something we need to grow into, not out of. 

Adaptable Leadership

Adaptability is consistently ranked as a top leadership skill of the future. Let’s talk about how you can increase your individual or collective Adaptability Quotient to lead well in uncertain times.

Thank you, Rebecca! I always love hearing you speak and watching you work. You always make me think and I often take time after I hear you to digest and process what I have just heard because there are so many nuggets to take away. I appreciate you and all your energy!


“Rebecca’s books are a reflection of her real-world experience, offering practical wisdom and inspiration for leaders and change makers.”


Stretch without snapping or snapping back

People are constantly being asked to stretch — in too many directions and for too long. It feels unsustainable. ELASTIC draws on a metaphor, an acronym and a series of conversations with inspiring community-based leaders to help you understand what’s happening and explore practical strategies to build “stretchiness” in yourself and with others.

Based on over 25 years of experience working with leaders across sectors, this book’s core message of needing to stretch, without snapping or snapping back, will resonate as deeply true. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or just starting out, feeling over-stretched or under-challenged, this book provides you with reassurance, wise counsel, and encouragement as you seek your optimal level of stretch and strengthen your elasticity. 


Strategic plans that gather momentum not dust

Even in uncertain times — perhaps especially then — we need a plan.

To gain traction, that plan doesn’t only rely on other people to make it happen, it needs to be crafted with and by them.

Sightline spells out the why and the how of collaborative strategy building. It pragmatically explains how to establish a clear destination with your team, while staying flexible about the routes you take to get there. With an emphasis on community building organizations, it’s a go-to resource for leaders craving clarity and conviction when responsiveness and adaptability are also required.



Off Script but Still on Track – a coaching guide for responsive facilitation

None of us can predict with 100% accuracy what will happen when we’re in front of a group of people. We need to be prepared, but also prepared to adapt. Whether you are a presenter, facilitator, teacher, chairperson or negotiator, Nimble will equip you to respond effectively when you’re taken by surprise. Learn how to craft a careful script, then to hold that script loosely so that you can adjust in real time to whatever’s happening in the room. Find out how to achieve the purpose of your session, even when the route you took to get there contained a few unexpected detours along the way.

If you’ve ever planned a meeting that’s gone way differently than you anticipated, and you wish you’d handled it better, this book is for you.


Exciting news! Wiser by Choice, your go-to book club experience for personal and professional growth, is FREE from April to June. No one wants to pay to go to book club, and I want participating in this experience to be barrier-free. I read the books so you don’t have to. Multiple new titles, curated and summarize for you in one value-packed hour.

Join us for upcoming sessions: 

April 12

May 24

June 21

12:00 p.m. Eastern Time

What The Hell Do We Do Now?

2020 was a year of significant disruption to organizations all around the world. The events of 2020 profoundly changed our priorities and operations. In these times where business, society, and the economy are being reshaped, we have also seen people and organizations step up and forge their path into the Next Normal.

In What The Hell Do We Do Now, 18 authors explore the tools and frameworks that can help you and your organization navigate and emerge from crisis in better shape than when you entered it. If the events of 2020 left you wondering What The Hell Do We Do Now?, this book will serve as blueprint to stepping confidently into our uncertain future.

Rebecca wrote the chapter ‘Plan’ which talks about the value of strategic planning, especially during times of uncertainty.

What the Hell Do We Do Now? book cover

The Little Book of Life Skills

With tips from leading experts in every field, The Little Book of Life Skills is the practical guide on how to solve the trickiest tasks in your day and make life a little easier.

We all have areas of our lives that make us feel disorganized, unprepared, or stressed out. From creating a calmer morning routine to setting yourself up for a good night’s sleep, and everything in between, there are easy and proven ways to do things better. Whether you need advice on how to end an argument, iron a shirt, or keep your inbox under control, Erin Zammett Ruddy has spoken to experts including Rachael Ray, Dr. Oz, Arianna Huffington, and condensed their wisdom into easy to follow steps for all of life’s simple and not-so-simple tasks.

Find Rebecca’s advice for running effective meetings on page 50.

The Little Book of Life Skills cover