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What My Friends Say
“Sue conducted a resident survey to gather information and data for our City's Long Range Comprehensive Plan. Her help was invaluable and she worked very professionally with all 12 of our committee members through differing opinions and conflicts. From design to the finished product, she exceeded expectations and produced the single most important part of our plan. We give her the highest recommendation.”
Jim Long, Chairman, Long Range Planning Committee, Horseshoe Bay Texas
"The measurement tool Sue initiated for our multi-company project was really comprehensive and yet so easy to use."
Karen Dicks - Global Programs Specialist, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
“Though normally not in their pattern of giving, Sue passionately pursued a $100,000 gift from a local high tech company for our $77 million capital campaign. She is a true hero for Central Texas’ performing arts and we are eternally grateful.”
Reynolds B. “Cliff” Redd, Jr. - Executive Director, Long Center for the Performing Arts
“Sue is an outstanding trainer, designing curriculum that makes learning interesting and engaging adult students in a practical way. With an approachable style and sense of humor, classes with Sue are fun...”
Dr. Howard Balanoff - Director, William P. Hobby Center for Public Service, Texas State University
“Sue worked with staff and Board members to make sure that we were well planned and organized. Her insightful suggestions helped to make the day run smoothly. If our needs had been different, Sue would have been able to modify her style to meet them. She did a great job!”
Barry Aidman - Executive Director, Breakthrough Austin
“Thank you so much for all your hard work in leading us through our strategic planning meeting. We made an excellent choice in a facilitator and you made the day so enjoyable and productive. I feel really good walking away from TAHIT after having gone through that process with you.”
Jorge U. Ungo - TAHIT President
“Sue came to our office and worked with our managers & directors on project management. We thought she did an excellent job, was well prepared, and gave us plenty of tools to assist us. I would definitely recommend her as a presenter.”
Alvin Lankford, Chief Appraiser - Williamson Central Appraisal District
“Thank you so much! I can't tell you how much I appreciate you. You are a very skilled facilitator and I know I will be recomending you to others. We had our Board meeting last night and I wanted you to know that you got rave reviews from everyone...”
Carolyn - President, FUUCA
"Sue was the correct blend of know-how and personality to easily facilitate our board through a core values discussion. Her toolbox of facilitation techniques quickly engaged everyone in our group to be active participants in a discussion that ended with actionable next steps. I will definitely hire her again to work with our organization."
Heather Alden - Executive Director, The SIMS Foundation
Based in beautiful Austin Texas
fa♦cil´♦i♦tate´: to make easier
About Sue Breland
I am a free-
lance consultant and facilitator uniquely adept at integrating the art and science of collaboration. Over 30 years, I have worked in government, corporate and nonprofit environments to design and measure processes, develop human resources and improve organizational effectiveness. At the same time, I have been an active actress, singer and director as my avocation and inspiration. While firmly driven by my need to bring form and structure to chaos or confusion, my artistic roots help make that journey a creative collective adventure.
With the seemingly perfect balance of right and left brain synergy (with Art and Science degrees to prove it), I have had success in making meetings more organized and collaborative, conducting training that is more transformative and fun, and working with teams to assess how well their processes are working -
or not. I enjoy training, of course being in front of a captive audience, but I also encourage clients to consider that the classroom is not the only place where learning can occur and that the behavior change you may be looking for might not come from "training" at all. Working from my core values of kindness, gratitude and curiosity, I love to help solve problems as a mystery to be unraveled, with just a bit of dramatic flair.
I started my career as a public servant in municipal government, albeit in the Recreation Department (yes, business can be all fun and games) and over the years transitioned from "on stage" to "back stage" to administration and eventually into other causes that I cared about like the environment. I have to admit to being coaxed into the private sector world of high tech by the promise of fleeting shiny rewards, which in fact, were absolutely wonderful while it lasted. Better yet, however, was the end of that chapter and the blind leap of faith into Breland Facilitation. While the road has apparently been a twisting, undulating path, I have never regretted the journey that has led me here.
Another parallel universe I have travelled is filled with nonprofit service. Falling in love with volunteerism as a teenager, I continued to grow and engage with arts, education, social and faith based service organizations as board member, funder and ace cheerleader. I have been one of fifty Trustees of an eight million dollar nonprofit, as well as, the Chairperson of an adult education organization with no more than five thousand dollars in the bank and a Board of six. I'm excited now to be able to share my broad experience with many nonprofits through my consulting business.
Utilizing my talents in communication, I partner in website development contributing written content and voice-
overs. Additionally, I manage multiple social media sites, keeping communities connected, informed and engaged. By the way, have you "liked" me yet?
It is shocking to me, sometimes, to believe that I hold a Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focused in Organization Development from Texas State University and won the Dewain Cobb Research Award in the process. I also earned the Certified Public Manager (CPM) designation through the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service, picking up another research award from the American Academy of Certified Public Managers.
It is quite the surprise when I consider that my Bachelor's degree is in Speech and Drama from Anderson University where I excelled at being completely unscientific and flagrantly artsy. I went on to win a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington DC, and perhaps there began my journey of integrating art, public administration and service. Perhaps as a natural extension, I am a graduate of the Leadership Austin Essential Class 2010. I have had the good fortune of the informal and experiential education of incredibly generous managers, mentors, directors and colleagues through the years for which I am very grateful.
My husband and I live in the country on the outskirts of beautiful Austin Texas, with more than a few furry, four-