Here’s What People Are Saying About Susan Bender Phelps and Odyssey Mentoring & Leadership:

Speaking & Training

“What can I say?  You did a superb job for our group.  Everyone at the conference enjoyed the content and your presentation style.  You truly did do your “homework.”  We are so fortunate to have found you!  She is just great to work with. – Deborah McNally, Administrative Supervisor, New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland and President, Maine Association of Healthcare Administrative Professionals

“Susan is a highly sought after speaker, teacher, author, and brainstorming buddy. Susan has been a speaker on three different occasions and I am still getting positive feedback. One attribute that Susan lends to her dynamic personality is the rare trait of being able to make people feel better when they leave than when they came in. Susan does not talk down to her audience and she stays until the last question is answered. I look forward to having Susan speak again in the future.”  – Darcey Edwards, Membership Director, Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce

“I am SO glad to know you. Thank you for a fabulous program – you made me look great!” – Patricia Weber, Owner, Business Coach at Professional Strategies Inc.

“Susan brings a wonderful blend of expertise and energy into the room when she speaks. She challenged us to question our habits and our thinking patterns in our approach new members. Isn’t that what mentoring is supposed to be about?” – Ted Magnuson, President, Tigard Breakfast Rotary

“Thank you so very much for the excellent mentor training yesterday. Susan has a wonderful passionate perspective on communication and understanding of how people should relate to each other and achieve good work.  I feel very fortunate to be chosen to experience this meaningful effort to assist OASFAA members in our careers.” – Workshop Participant, Oregon Association of Financial Aid Administrators


“Susan is a dynamo in the mentoring space. She helped me start a mentoring program at Intel Corp for young women and it literally transformed their lives. Susan helped us set goals and stretch farther than we ever thought we could. I still have young women who completed this program contacting me to update me on their latest accomplishments. Susan guided us in setting up our program and saw us through the first few years of it. I am forever grateful for her leadership, guidance and support. She helped change the lives of so many participants and helped them reach higher than they ever thought was possible. Susan is incredibly inspiring and I highly recommend her to others ready to transform their lives.” – Mary Taylor, Co-Chair, Women at Intel Network Intel Corporation

“The clock is ticking on Baby Boomers retiring. Smart leaders are taking steps now to address the need for top-to-bottom succession planning. Taking the time and effort now prepares your organization for the future and will keep productivity high as boomers leave the workforce.

Susan Bender Phelps, CEO of Odyssey Mentoring, has wisely identified this as an important need in the workplace. When I first met Susan, I was struck by the depth of her insight into this looming issue. Odyssey Mentoring is doing breakthrough work in designing and delivering professional mentoring programs.

Part of the focus is on helping to bridge generational and cultural gaps between employees. Anyone who’s ever had a recent college grad with tattoos and body piercings at the same meeting with the Woodstock generation knows that’s a big bridge to cross!” – Brenda Buratti, Founder, Right Now Communications


“After doing a session with Susan, I feel more excited and motivated to become the best speaker I can be. Susan helped me alleviate some fears and concerns about speaking and showed me what is possible. I am really grateful.” – Kathryn Yarborough, Coach for Heart-Based Entrepreneurs

“I was lucky enough to grab one of Susan’s 30-minute coaching sessions to help me to prepare for a webinar I am giving soon. Susan is awesome! I strongly suggest that you take her up on her offer. Thank you, Susan!” – Tracey Burnett, CEO, Leads to Success

“I have been a pharmaceutical rep for more than 20 years. About a year ago our company rolled out sales targets for the new year: 30 percent growth over the previous year. This was the fourth year in a row – during the worst recession in history – that they wanted to see this level of increased business. I was at a loss to figure out how I was going to achieve another 30%. And I was committed to exceeding target. But, looking at my customers and market, I wasn’t sure where it was going to come from.

I’ve known Susan Bender Phelps of Odyssey Mentoring & Leadership for better than twenty years. She coached/mentored several good friends and family. She helped them make lasting changes and conquer challenging goals. When her New Years message came, I reached out to her and asked if she would coach me.

I wasn’t sure how she could help, given the nature of my business. But I’d seen the kinds of results she’d helped others achieve. I decided to give it a try. We worked together closely for about six months. Over the first quarter, truly unexpected results occurred. I met and exceeded my goal.

Susan had me identify what needed be done, I set up an action plan and she was a great support in helping me stay focused and take advantage of every opportunity. They came from places I would never have expected. The hardest part was putting my ego aside and asking for help. Now I work with her monthly.I highly recommend working with Susan Bender Phelps.” – Tim Slaman, RAB at Alexion Pharmaceuticals