Here’s a quick sample of my work, leading a workshop. This one is online, the first part of a 5-part sseries! [Yes, I said online]. I LOVE to offer these workshops that help you think and grow. Please contact me for details!

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Was delighted to be interviewed as a Summit speaker for the Inaugural Change Your Mind Summit! Looking forward to Summit #2 on October 7, 2019!

" of the key ingredients to your style is how you deliver material to an audience. The clarity, assuredness and focus in your pitches and meditations are a great help to so many people from varied walks of life." Harrison Jackson, workshop attendee

looking for inspiration?

Are you looking for an effective and energetic speaker able to offer inspiration and meaning to your audience? With her engaging speaking style, Susan teaches and moves an audience to a high level of connection to the subject matter which always includes some contemplation about one's own legacy and the impact you want to make in our world. 


Or, fill in form at bottom of this page-Let's explore your goals for a program or presentation!

Thank you for being so real, speaking the truth and teaching us things that will help us later in life. You are an amazing speaker!!
— Participant, Camp Counselor Leadership Training Speaking Program, June 2016

speaking engagements

2020—already booking!

April 18, 2020: Elated to be selected as one of just 6 speakers for The Circle Expo, a Sibella Publications women’s conference! 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Cabarrus Country Club, Concord, NC


October 28 23, 2019: Interview for Podcast, Fundraising Talent Podcast w/Jason Lewis

September 23, 2019: Podcast Guest: Virtual Executive Director Podcast, w/Becky Caldwell

August, 23, 2019: Discovering You Again Radio moves to Fridays @ Noon/ET! Now airing 2x/month!

July 12, 2019: Podcast Interview for Bitches Be Brave Podcast

JUNE 14, 2019: CHANGE YOUR MIND SUMMIT! My program: Change Your Mind About Yourself, start by getting ‘OK’!

May 24, 2019: Reunion Book & Artist Show at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.

May 13, 2019: FB LIVE interview by Juan Carlos Arzola, Interviewed LIVE on FB about my book, Your Job Is To Be

April 23, 2019: Keynote Speaker for Greene County Women in Business annual dinner, Coxsackie, NY. April book event.

March 15, 2019: Speaker for Jewish Girls Unite annual anniversary event, Rensselaer, NY. March book event.

February 27, 2019: LAUNCH OF MY NEW RADIO SHOW, Discovering You Again Radio. What is your impassioned second half of life looking like?! 4th Wednesday of the month February through July

February 14, 2019: Webinar on The Giving Formula for DaVinci Global Consulting

February 10, 2019: Book Signing Event/Reading & Seven Blessings Jewelry party to benefit American Heart Association

January 24, 2019: Webinar on The Giving Formula for DaVinci Global Consulting

January 16, 2019: Webinar on Confident Fundraising for DaVinci Global Consulting, online at 11 am ET. Contact me for details!

January 13, 2019: Book Signing Event/Speaking Program Schenectady JCC, Schenectady, NY


October 27, 2018: Middle Aged Hot Momma, It’s My Turn Now Workshop Launch! Sedona, AZ

September 25, 2018: Panelist for Philanthropy Education Program at Simmons Capital Group: Elevate Your Philanthropy…Increase your knowledge, inspiration & engagement! Rexford, NY

May 17, 2018: Confident Fundraising Workshop for Margination, Troy, NY

May 16, 2018: Introduction for League of Women Voters program on Child Sex Trafficking. "Don't Sell Our Children for Sex"

May 9, 2018: Fundraising Basics Workshop for Margination, Troy, NY

March 6, 2018:  Global Launch of Jewish Girls Unite Book, Voices in Harmony Songbook,  Master of Ceremonies for global live-streamed event, Brooklyn, NY

February 16, 2018: Confident Fundraising Workshop for Mount Holyoke College Community Based Learning Fellows, South Hadley MA 

February 17, 2018: Workshop Leader at Mount Holyoke College Global Challenges Conference for the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. Workshop: ABCs of Translating Ideas into Action. South Hadley, MA

Previous Engagements:

December 24-26, 2017: Jewish Girls Unite Leadership Development Institute at Winter Retreat. Writing workshop, Leadership Development Coaching

November 3, 2017: Live Panelist on Navigating North Summit, final day. Online/'global

October 4, 2017: Society of Financial Service Professionals, Keynote on Charitable Giving, Latham, NY

September 18, 2017: Hudson-Mohawk Association of Fundraising Professionals Young Professionals program speaker-Getting Donors Through the Pipeline, Latham, NY

April-July, 2017: Confident Speaking Group Coaching Program, online 4-month coaching program

March 1, 2017:  Global Launch of Jewish Girls Unite Book, One More Light, Master of Ceremonies for global live-streamed event, Brooklyn, NY

November 9, 2016: National Philanthropy Day, Fundraising Ethics Program, Hudson-Mohawk Association of Fundraising Professionals, Troy, NY

June 29-30, 2016: Camp Counselor Leadership Training Retreat, Jewish Girls Retreat, Hoosick, NY

June 17-18, 2016: Adirondack Foundation, Two-day Philanthropy Program for Women, Lake Placid, NY

March 15, 2016: Global Launch of Jewish Girls Unite, Master of Ceremonies for global live-streamed event, Brooklyn, NY

January 18, 2016: Keynote, Touro College and University Systems, Confident Fundraising, the College Edition, Las Vegas, NV

December 8, 2015: Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, The Philanthropy Formula Workshop for Women in Business Group, Saratoga Springs, NY

November 12, 2015: National Philanthropy Day Speaker, Workshop on Professional Certification-CFRE, Troy, NY

September 22, 2015: Keynote Address Adirondack Planned Giving Society, Plattsburgh, NY

September 19, 2015: Keynote Address Mount Holyoke College Volunteer Conference, South Hadley, MA

March 20, 2015: Full Day Confident Fundraising Group Coaching Program, Philadelphia, MA

February 11, 2015: "Planned Giving for a Small Shop" with Susan L. Axelrod, CFRE and Charles M. Joseph, CAP for Women in Development, Albany, NY

December 3-4, 2014: Two-day Philanthropy Program for Lincoln Financial Group/The Next Level Planning Group and Sila Resources; Customer Appreciation Session, Presentation to Lincoln Advisors Chicago Office, and Fireside Chat about Philanthropy with Susan Axelrod in personal residence, Chicago, IL

 November 5, 2014: Discussion Facilitator: "How Ordinary People Can Do Extraordinary Things" Following movie review of: '50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus, Annual Holocaust event  commemorating the 76th anniversary of Kristalnacht Co Sponsors Clifton Park Chabad, Clifton Park, NY

 October 14, 2014:  Gift Planning Group of Northeastern New York, Round Table Facilitator: "Career Building Strategies" Albany, NY

October 8, 2014: Bloomerang Online Webinar!! "Confident Fundraising for Nonprofit CEOs and EDs"

June 19, 2014: Speaker, Greater Worcester Community Foundation Philanthropic Planning Conference. "Adding Philanthropy-and Meaning-to Your Toolbox" Boylston, MA

 April 2, 2014: Bloomerang TV Spot! 'Creating the Nonprofit CEO Fundraising Machine' --

 April 6, 2014: Podcast Radio 'They Met Online' Lifestyle Radio program. This episode on Grief and Healing, 'Philanthropy Can Help You Heal'

May 1, 2014: 'Bringing Philanthropy Into Your Life with Susan Axelrod' for the American Youth Literacy Foundation. Interactive workshop teaching The Philanthropy Formula to help you figure out what matters to you and create a plan to make a meaningful and lasting legacy. Albany, NY

May 13, 2014: Gift Planning Group of Northeastern New York, "Alleviating Planned Giving Pain Points" Albany, NY

June 10, 2014: Women in Development "Planned Giving in a Nutshell" Latham, NY

December 26, 2013: 'Teaching Philanthropy' at Jewish Girls Retreat Winter Retreat  Latham, NY

 Oct 24, 2013: Donor Perfect International Online Webinar Presenter - "Tips for a Successful Capital Campaign"

Oct 8, 2013: Honored to have been the speaker for the  Purposeful Planning Institute's national teleconference,  .... here's the link:

May 8, 2013: Guest speaker Hudson-Mohawk Association of Fundraising Professionals on Becoming a Certified Fundraising Executive, Troy, NY

April 18, 2013:  Introduction to Major Gifts for the Center for Nonprofit Success Boston, MA

March 3, 2013: Proud to have been a panelist at the Mount Holyoke College Career Networking Fair....inspiring the next generation of Philanthropists!

November 10, 2012: Keynote Address, The Stakeholders Institute: "The ABC's and 123's of Board Service" Albany, NY. TV

Appearance speaking about Philanthropy on The Jewish View; local access TV, Delmar, NY

October 11, 2012: "Creating Your Legacy...Something You Can Do Now!"  Twin Bridges Rotary Club Luncheon, Clifton Park, NY

 May 10, 2012: Seminar on Charitable Giving for the Financial Planners Association, 12th Annual Symposium, Latham, NY

 March 14, 2012: Workshop "The Importance of Certification in Fundraising," part of a "Motivational Mentoring " program for Women in Development in Northeastern New York. Troy, NY

March 17, 2012: Radio Guest: Life Happens Radio, 810, WGY -- LISTEN TO THE SHOW!,-2012-creating-a-legacy/

March 8, 2012 Seminar Upstate Planned Giving Council,  Sponsored in part by University of Rochester "Planned Giving Power Partners:  Captivate Your Lay Leadership with Planned Giving," Rochester, NY

February 12, 2012: Workshop: Jewish Women's Connection's Annual Spa for Soul for Women -- "Strategic Philanthropy, Giving with Intention," Clifton Park, NY

 October 4, 2011 and November 30, 2011: Educational program sponsored by Charles M. Joseph, CAP  -- "The Secret to Growing Your Endowment," Albany, NY

 October 2, 2011: Workshop: SEFCU Community Expo 2011, "Creating a Loyal Donor Corps," Albany, NY

 April 5, 2011: Seminar: Gift Planning Group of Northeastern New York, Nuts and Bolts Session: -- "Engaging Your Board in Planned Giving," Albany, NY

 March 26, 2011: Heart Centered Business Summit -- "How to Become a Philanthropist," Saratoga Springs, NY


Using the newly published book, your job is to be…An Anthology to Inspire Soul-Connection, Susan offers a thought-provoking interactive workshop where participants will be offered an opportunity to think outside the box they’ve suddenly found themselves in and discover ‘self’ again. This workshop can be done as a book signing party, a training workshop or a speaking program. Any group looking for a new way of thinking, for inspiration and soul-connection will be glad to offer this program.


Using original Tools created from years of working with coaching clients, Susan offers high-energy mind-transforming workshops.

  • Change Your Mind to Change Your Life

  • Whose life is it Anyway? It's Yours, Take Control!

  • Special workshop for women: Discovering You Again! 5 Steps to a self-fulfilled and purposeful second half of life

  • Special workshop for young people: Decide on the life you want! Get a Confident-Life now

  • Confident Speaking, getting clear on your message and killing it in your presentation

Philanthropy Workshops or Speaking Programs

  • The Extraordinary World of Philanthropy

  • Strategic Philanthropy, Giving with Intention

  • What Will Your Legacy Be? Finding Your Philanthropic Passion

  • Confident Fundraising for Nonprofit Leaders

Susan's speaking style is high-energy, interactive and she always engages after taking the 'temperature' of the audience to see how many rungs up the feel-good ladder she can move them.

Custom Legacy Workshop

Exploring Philanthropy....Helping to bring meaning to your life today, helping you create a legacy that will last forever.  

With humor, spirit and inspiration Susan uses The Philanthropy Formula™ in this Workshop that will help you know what matters (to you!), commit to it, take action and feel the powerful life-changing effects of creating positive change in our world. 

This interactive, engaging dialogue affects you the moment you open to its message: Everyone has the opportunity to create a meaningful and lasting legacy. 

Philanthropy is a tool that you can use to change your outlook from inside to out, regardless of how much…or you have. 

 This program will leave you wanting to RUN to the cause that speaks to your heart and begin impacting immediately. 

 You will begin this session thinking Philanthropy is 'about the money,   You will end the session with a new thought pattern: 'What WILL my legacy be?'

And, with the courage, inspiration and information to do something about it.

Workshop fees start at $2,000 [or $200/person with a minimum of ten participants]

Key-Note Speeches

Topics include:

  • Get a Confident-Life Now....what's it going to take?

  • Discovering You Again! Feel passion and find purpose in the second half of life

  • What Will Your Legacy Be?

  • Changing Your Worldview with The Giving Formula: P+P+P=C (Passion + Purpose + Plan = Legacy)

  • Transform Your Life Through Philanthropy

  • Helping & Healing, Philanthropy Can Be a Tool to Aid in Healing Grief

  • Unleash Your Energy through Philanthropy

  • Aligning your Values with your Giving, Changing our World

  • Using Philanthropy in Your Last Chapter-Telling It Like It Is

Keynotes start at $3,000

Program Presentations

60-90 minute presentation to private groups or clubs, councils--AFP chapters, PPP chapters, estate planning councils, FPA symposiums, community foundations, associations, Rotary Clubs. Especially interested in speaking to women's groups!

  • Discovering You Again, a workshop for life. A program presentation on creating a meaning-filled and purposeful second half.

  • What Will Your Legacy Be? A program presentation on finding your philanthropic passion and creating an intentional legacy.

  • Transform Yourself with a Philanthropic Plan for Good

  • Planned Giving Power Partners, creating a corps of effective PG volunteers

  • Strategic Philanthropy, Giving with Intention

  • Taking Control of your Last Act, Philanthropy as Your Swan Song

Program Presentations start at $1,500

Workshops in fundraising

  • Get Confident in Fundraising Now...Our World Needs You!

  • Planned Giving: Getting Started Simply

  • Planned Giving for the Small Development Shop

  • Strategic Philanthropy, Giving with Intention

  • Planned Giving Power Partners

  • Adding Philanthropy to Your Toolbox [for financial and legal advisors]

  • Custom Workshops

Working with your organization I will craft a custom workshop geared wholly and completely to your needs as identified in exploratory conversations prior to any commitment.  Reasonable travel expenses are charged separately for all workshops. All workshops are a maximum of 2 hours and have a minimum attendance of 6. Workshops start at $2,000 [or a fee of $200/person with a minimum of ten participants].


Book susan to speak to your organization

Are you looking for a speaker to whip up your audience into inspired impact? If so, contact me now! I am super easy to work with and you get WAY more than just a speech when you work with me!

OH WOW! So fun to catch myself in this video as a Speaker at this important 2018 conference! I’m at 2:02 in the video….YOU’LL SEE MY TAGLINE FIRST….WHAT WILL YOUR LEGACY BE?

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