Speaking from the heart in front of a live audience is one of the most vulnerable and genuine experiences a human can share with another. When you invite me to speak at your lunch meetings, keynotes or larger stage presentations, I will only bring my authentic self and will tell it like it is, no holds barred. I’m tired of pretending. Shake up your organization and stimulate positive change. I am here to help you. Let’s be real, together.


Throughout my career, I have been honored and excited to have been invited to speak at numerous national and international medical meetings discussing research papers, surgical techniques, and various women’s health issues from a scientific perspective. While that was a fun and great experience, my passion now is in sharing my insights and experience regarding menopause, midlife sexuality and sexual “wellness” from a more holistic perspective, whether it be at a small round table discussion for women or a large keynote women’s event. It’s difficult if not impossible for me to separate physical and sexual health from spiritual health and mindfulness, as I don’t believe that one can exist without the other.

My speaking style is generally minimally rehearsed, casual, from the heart, authentic, vulnerable, humorous and interactive. Please note: I might use a few four-letter words once in a while when it feels right, and nothing is off the table when it comes to speaking about sexuality

I also am passionate about speaking and teaching in the fields of mindfulness/self-awareness and secular meditation for both individuals and businesses and have many years of personal experience combined with training through Naropa University’s “Authentic Leadership Program”, and both the “Search Inside Yourself Leadership Group” (originating at Google) and the “Conscious Leadership Group”. I offer an 8-hour (generally 8 weeks) course for individuals or groups as large as 30 in mindfulness and self-awareness for business, including scientifically proven techniques for mindful-based stress reduction and peak performance. Through my coaching practice, I also offer one-on-one coaching in mindfulness, self-awareness, and meditation geared to the individual’s needs.

Please fill out the inquiry form if you are interested in engaging me for a speaking/teaching event. My fees are on a sliding scale including pro-bono on occasion for charity entities to customary fees for businesses or individuals. Or, click here to learn more about my coaching services.

“It’s difficult if not impossible for me to separate physical and sexual health from spiritual health and mindfulness, as I don’t believe that one can exist without the other.”

“I started coaching sessions with Dr. Susan at the perfect time in my life. I had some major changes going on that I did not quite know how to handle and was considering backing down from an amazing opportunity. Going into coaching I had a fear that I would hold myself back because I often struggle with truly opening up about what is on my mind, however, Susan was able to hear and pick out the important pieces of what I was saying which continued to open me up comfortably. She coached me through lessons that I did not even know I needed to learn and got me to the other side healthier and more prepared than I would have ever thought possible for myself. I absolutely recommend taking the opportunity to go through life coaching with her.”

Hannah E.

“Before starting my coaching sessions with Dr. Hardwick-Smith, I honestly felt I was fully satisfied with the direction of my personal and professional life. However, I did struggle to balance the two greatest loves of my life, new family vs. career. I felt stressed and spread pretty thin.   Utilizing the tools and suggestions given to me by Dr. Hardwick-Smith, I noticed my critical thinking, self-awareness, and creativity has begun to thrive and develop. I see the loves of my life in a new positive light and welcome the challenges they bring by implementing the knowledge and tools gained from each session. I am truly grateful, inspired and motivated to achieve higher levels of happiness and contentment within all aspect of my life, both personally and professionally. Thank you, Dr. Hardwick-Smith; I mean this from the bottom of my heart.”

Michelle M.

“Dr. Hardwick-Smith’s coaching has helped me take a step back and reflect, and to look at all of my accomplishments personally and in business. I feel more able to sit and appreciate and be grateful, instead of always feeling “not enough”. Her coaching showed me how to really take the time to think about what’s been holding me back in certain areas and how to put a plan together, and take action steps to pursue the changes that I want to put into place.”

Angie G.

“I was very hesitant in the beginning about what to expect from coaching. I was not sure what issues I wanted to address and was somewhat fearful of being judged. Dr. H-S was great at asking the right questions, based on my values, to get me to come out of my shell. This allowed me to see things differently and become more courageous about being myself. She quickly helped me decide what areas would best serve me with our time together and opened my eyes to a world of possibilities that I had previously not thought possible.”

Racheal S.

“I have been a manager in the healthcare business for over 30+ years. Dr. Hardwick-Smith’s coaching sessions were phenomenal. She helped me recognize my ‘inner critic’ and guided me to understand how to feel more confident and utilize my new found confidence in presenting during meetings. She supported my growth and development in becoming a better leader. I have changed my approach to managing and my staff are loving the new me. Thanks, Dr. Hardwick-Smith.”

Sharon B.
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