Susan Cucuzza

Susan Cucuzza PCC, BCC, CLC, Executive Coach – Live Forward LLC


Susan Cucuzza, PCC, BCC, CLC is an executive coach and founder of Live Forward LLC. She coaches executives on leadership effectiveness – style and behaviors, 360-degree and stakeholder feedback, succession planning, career pathing, and emotional intelligence. She applies appreciative inquiry, the intentional change process, and authentic leadership to her coaching engagements. In addition to her own coaching business, Susan is a Master Executive Coach through Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management Executive Education programs.

Prior to launching Live Forward LLC, Susan led HR programs nationally and internationally in Fortune 500 companies for over 15 years, with special focus on leadership and talent development. She served on the HR executive team (top HR leaders) at Textron Inc., a $15 billion multi-industry corporation. There she was responsible for succession planning, leadership and organizational development, recruiting, rewards and employee relations for key corporate functions, including international HR responsibilities. She coached key executives in new roles through new leader assimilation, 360-degree feedback, Myers-Briggs, and career development. Susan also designed and led leadership rotational programs, which achieved global recognition with a chairman’s award for innovation at Textron. She also led the design of an enterprise-wide career development program for Six Sigma Black Belts (described in iSixSigma Magazine, March / April 2010).

Previous to Textron, Susan managed workforce development at ArvinMeritor, a $10 billion Tier One automotive supplier. This included programs for new managers and supervisors (plant and non-plant locations, union and non-union), leadership assessments, employee engagement / involvement, and team building. She also held global leadership roles in HR continuous improvement, performance and rewards, and she was the first corporate employee to become certified in HR continuous improvement / lean. Susan’s consulting experience has included managing human capital projects at Deloitte & Touche and KPMG Peat Marwick. Previous to that she was an HR Officer at National City Corporation.

Susan is Chair of the Nominating Committee of the International Coach Federation Board of Directors.


Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
Board Certified Coach (BCC)
Certified Life Coach (CLC)
Weatherhead Executive Coaching Certificate
Weatherhead Emotionally Intelligent Leader Certificate
Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) 360-degree assessment
Lominger Voices® 360-degree assessment
Lominger Leadership Architect®
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI)
Fundamental Interpersonal Relationship Orientation-Behavior® (FIRO-B)
Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Green Belt


Affiliate Instructor and Master Executive Coach – Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management Executive Education
MBA – Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management
BA, Business Administration – Baldwin-Wallace College


International Coach Federation – Global Member and Cleveland Chapter–Past President
Cleveland Society for Human Resources Management
Northern Ohio HR Planning Society (NOHRPS)
Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
Greater Cleveland Partnership
Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE)
West Shore Chamber of Commerce