Choosing Change

Meet the Authors of Choosing Change

We’re passionate about change. We’re equally passionate about helping people manage change—by turning knowledge into positive behaviors. Because through our work, we’ve learned that it’s only when individuals embrace change, can they inspire change at the organizational level.

We each bring a unique perspective to Choosing Change. Walter’s expertise resides in leadership, strategic human resources and large-scale organizational change while Susan’s focus is in leadership development, executive coaching and change communications.

Here are some more details about us.

Walter McFarland

Walter McFarland is the 2013 Chair of the American Society of Training and Development’s (ASTD) Board of Directors and founder and president of Windmill Human Performance, LLC, a consultancy focused on the leadership of large-scale organizational change. He is a former senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, and a Senior Director at the Hay Group. The center piece of Walter’s career has been focused on large-scale organizational and change focusing on the human factor.  His core belief is that people are the ultimate source of competitive advantage.

In the public sector, Walter has led large-scale organizational change efforts at the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Government of Guam and advised change efforts in the UK and Italy.  In the private sector, Walter has supported merger and acquisition efforts in the financial, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing industries. Walter’s work in organizational change has earned:  the Hammer Award, the IRS Commissioner’s Award, recognition from the Smithsonian Institution, and Booz Allen’s highest consulting honor, the Professional Excellence Award.

Walter teaches in the Summer Leadership Institute of Columbia University, at the NeuroLeadership Institute in Middlesex, England, and is a Lecturer at HEC Management School, Paris.  He served on the President Obama’s 2012 Rank Award Council.

Susan Goldsworthy

A former Olympian, Susan Goldsworthy is an international executive coach, author, and speaker. She is founder and CEO of Goldswolf & Associates, a company that specializes in leadership development, executive coaching, and change communications. She is also an Associate at Genesis Advisers, (known for their work on transitions based on the best-selling book, The First 90 Days). She works with a number of multinational clients across a wide range of industries and has been a faculty member on Organizational Development and Change at Webster University.

Susan is an executive coach and occasional speaker at several world-leading business schools including IMD (International Institute for Management Development) in Switzerland, INSEAD in Singapore and France, and IFL, the executive education arm of Stockholm School for Economics. In addition to her many post-graduate qualifications, Susan is one of the first people worldwide to be awarded an Executive Masters in the Neuroscience of Leadership. She is also certified to use a number of psychometric assessment tools. She has worked at senior management levels for Japanese, American, and European corporations in both publicly and privately-owned companies. Susan has extensive experience in leading global communications, culture, brand management and diversity programs.

She is coauthor of Care to Dare: Unleashing Astonishing Potential through Secure Base Leadership, published by Wiley/Jossey-Bass. Susan also has a sporting background in swimming and is a former Olympic Finalist, a Commonwealth and European Bronze Medallist, British Champion and Record Holder. She represented her country in over 50 international swimming championships.


Both Walter and Susan hold a MSc in the Coaching & Consulting for Change from Oxford University and HEC. Susan and Walter are also both BoardMembers of the World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL).

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Meet the Authors of Choosing Change May 8, 2013