I have over 20 years of experience as an executive in both corporate and non-profit organizations, and I have coached countless individuals, couples and executives. My process is based on Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching Model, Co-Active Coaching, Psychology, Organization Relationship Systems Coaching, Organizational Leadership/Development, and NeuroLeadership, which I customize to fit the lifestyle and objectives of my clients.


Client Affiliations and Companies

  • Deloitte & Touche LLP

  • LA Opera

  • Mr. Crane, Inc.

  • Medical Specialties Managers, Inc.

  • Ingram Micro, Inc.

  • U.S. Navy

  • Stephen M. Ross School of Business at University of Michigan

  • George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University

  • Camino Federal Credit Union

  • Walt Disney

  • Ericsson Inc.

  • TCW

  • Department of Defense

  • Amgen, Inc.

  • Union Bank

  • Wells Fargo

  • West Coach Surrogacy

  • HP

  • Rebel Earth Films

  • Dusserre Salon



Certifications & Education

Master of Arts, Organizational Leadership

Chapman University



Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Management

University of Redlands



Certified Professional Co-Active
Coach (CPCC)

Coaches Training Institute



Organization Relationship Systems Coaching

Coaches Training Institute and Center
for Right Relationship



Authorized Facilitator for Team Diagnostic Assessment

Team Coaching International



Graduate Certificate, Organizational Development

Chapman University



Professional Certified Coach

International Coach Federation



Certified Stakeholder Centered Coaching

Marshall Goldsmith

Memberships & Affiliations

Board Member

Brandman University



Board Member

Journey School



Board Member

Rebel Earth Films




NeuroLeadership Institute




Orange County NeuroLeadership Local Interest Group




American Society for Training and Development Orange County


President, Sue Ann Gonis Coaching & Consulting

2008 – Present



EMBA Executive Coach,
Ross School of Business,
University of Michigan

2012 – Present



Certified Stakeholder Centered Coach, Marshall Goldsmith

2013 – Present



EMBA Executive Coach,
Chapman University

2009 – 2012



Chief Development Officer, THINK Together

2007 – 2008



Director of Development,
Chapman University

2002 – 2007



Director of Organizational Development & Value Based Leadership,
Ingram Micro

1995 – 2002



  • Sue Ann is a tremendous asset to the Michigan Ross EMBA Program. She has established strong relationships with our students, and her collaboration with them ...

    Nirav Mehta
  • Sue Ann gets my highest recommendation as a career coach and mentor. Her unique ability to identify and comprehend complex business relationships has helped me ...

    Joshua R. Le Duff
  • Sue Ann is a natural leader. The good kind – a grounded, confident leader that knows how to listen. She sees the potential in others ...

    Bret Babos – Rebel Earth Films
  • There is no other way to say it....Sue Ann Gonis literally saved our conference. After several cancellations from other confirmed keynote speakers, we were left ...

    Brooke Spring – Ingram Micro
  • Sue Ann’s help in positive reinforcement turned to be indispensable during my time as a MBA student/candidate. I was so blown away by Sue Ann’s ...

    Tim Pencak – MBA graduate 2012
  • I can’t say enough great things about Sue Ann. She helped me more to discover a new passion and career path than I could have ...

    Jim Dusserre – Owner Salon Dusserre
  • In the Leadership Forum led by Sue Ann Gonis, she provided guidance for growth from a position of self-knowledge to one of transforming corporate culture. ...

    Frances Driesbach
  • Sue Ann serves as the Executive Coach for our Executive MBA students at Chapman University. She has become an incredible asset to our student body ...

    Jon B. Kaplan