We had the good fortune of connecting with Suzanne Reilley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Suzanne, how do you think about risk?
I generally take a risk when enough of the knowns are in place, and I’m willing to figure out the rest from there! I also consider my ability to catch myself, or heal if I fall. So far my track record on either winning, or getting back up is solid. Because I’m committed to my own personal growth, I’ve gained a great deal of wisdom and resilience from the challenging times.
Taking risks in my career has also lent to really great opportunities I wasn’t expecting. A random idea from a past client led me to teach at Rancho la Puerta, #1 International Destination Spa in Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Awards. And a bit of curiosity led to me being featured in DailyCandy when they were at the top of their game.
Basically, the risk of saying hello to people and not knowing the outcome has led to incredibly fun experiences.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Because I make career decisions based in both logic and intuition, I’ve taken a somewhat non-linear path. And those career transitions haven’t always been easy.
But it’s such a gift, because it’s given me the wisdom and empathy to hold space for others who are going through something similar. The quality of the coaching space I offer is much richer for it.
And it’s an honor to support a smoother path for someone else, if or when it’s available to them!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Starting on the 10, going South, we’d drive through the underpass covered with greenery and come out the other side where the ocean comes into view. We’d take a sunny drive up PCH, see the glistening water, and all the homes up on the hill.
At Paradise Cove, we’d sit outside with our feet in the sand and sink our teeth into a delicious swordfish sandwich.
One the way back, we’d stop at Temescal Canyon and hike the loop trail!
Later, we’d get dinner amidst the twinkling lights and rich character of the rooftop at Perch, Downtown.
Across the week, we’d also go on a winding drive through the hills, go dancing at The Abbey, sip coffee at Urth, and get brunch at Kreation Kafe.
We’d also have to get ramen at Tatsu on Sawtelle, and wander around the shops until our food was ready.
And lounge at the W Hotel pool in Westwood.
Of course there would also have to be plenty of time for sleeping in and wandering aimlessly!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It really moves me to think of all the people who saw my brilliance when I was in too rough of a place to see it myself. They were effortlessly empowering, trusted my highest knowing, and gave me the space to shine. They include friends, everyday angels, quiet leaders, and mental health advocates. Ben Mufti was one bright soul (of many) who appeared at a pivotal juncture in my career.