What’s Your Next Act?
You have a unique and textured personal and professional history. You’ve found success (and struggle) in any number of
forms. You’re ready for your next chapter. What now? How do you define, craft, and land your next act?
Identify Your Future Self.
You’re moving in a new direction. Leverage us as your partner to help you explore your greater purpose, articulate the
work you want to engage in, identify your value proposition, develop, and polish your message.
Let’s Craft Your Story.
Every person offers the world a unique value proposition. A “story” rooted in the foundation of your past, your skills, your
unique talents. We help you to uncover, identify, and tell that story concisely and elegantly, so that others can see, hear,
and relate to it in an instant.
Whether it’s ensuring you’re presenting your best self on LinkedIn, face-to-face, on paper, or on TV, we will help you to
identify and build on your strengths and position you for your next act, ultimately landing you in a new, bright spot.
Bright Spots Coaching Is Your Partner.
Susan Paley mastered the art and science of storytelling through a 30-year career in the worlds of media, board
leadership, and coaching. She earned her writing chops as a producer and script writer at the BBC and Discovery Channel.
Through her work with corporate board members at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Susan has
guided senior executives and boardroom leaders to elevate their games and best position themselves for success.
Susan has coached vice presidents who were readying themselves for the top-of-the-house position and retiring CEOs
who were working to identify their encore career. She has coached staff at the CIA and worked with retiring flag officers
to sharpen their stories into pitches in pursuit of a board seat. Susan has also advised on brand initiatives, identifying both
corporate and individuals’ values.
Susan earned her BA in International Relations and Communications from Tufts University. She is an NACD Governance
Fellow and is a graduate of George Mason University's Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being program, an ICF
(International Coach Federation) accredited program.
One retiring CEO, moving to a next career, called his one-on-one work with Susan “transformational”.
Schedule a casual exploratory conversation: firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.915.6574.