Suzanne Peterson
Partner, Leadership Style, Development, and Communication at CRA, Inc.


Dr. Peterson provides counsel and coaching to senior leaders in a variety of industries. Emphasizing leadership style and credibility, effective communication, and relationship building as building blocks to leadership success, she helps propel her clients towards excellence. CRAs recent clients include leaders in firms such as Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, Charles Schwab, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Societe Generale, CVC Partners, AQR, Senator, Aurelius, Third Point, Soros, Piper Jaffray, Cowen, Dell, McDonalds, and USAA, among others.

Dr. Peterson is a highly sought-after speaker where she shares the CRA message of Admired Leadership®- a viewpoint that emphasizes the behaviors that characterize the world’s most effective leaders.

Dr. Peterson is a leadership professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management where she advises and delivers executive education to a variety of global companies.  She has also served on the faculty of W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University where she was instrumental in developing and teaching the Executive MBA leadership curriculum. 

Prior to joining CRA and entering academia, Suzanne worked as a change management consultant. She holds a BA in psychology, and an MBA and Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of Southern California and the University of Nebraska respectively.  A native of Southern California, she resides in Scottsdale, AZ.

Agenda Sessions

  • Afternoon Outlook (Keynote) - Inspiring Others in a Virtual World