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About our Coaches
Kelley Biskupiak is passionate about empowering women and families to lead fulfilling lives. She works one-on-one with clients to help them achieve clarity in chaos and to develop and implement goal-based, purposeful plans that bring balance and meaning to daily life. In addition, she shares her expertise with larger audiences as a workshop facilitator, motivational speaker, blogger and published author.
Kelley is the busy wife of Brian, mother of three school-aged boys, and business owner who every day “walks the talk” she advocates to her clients and audiences. Kelley is the founder/owner of the coaching and consulting firm Be You Bravely and co-founded Prepare to Launch U. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and Education from the University of Rhode Island, as well as a Masters Degree in Literacy from Pace University, and began her career as a K-12 educator specializing in literacy. Through ‘train the trainer’ opportunities during her teaching career, Kelley discovered that her true passion and gift was educating educators. So, she developed a thriving Education Consulting practice, with clients ranging from wealthy suburban Connecticut school systems to the expansive urban New York City public school system. Not content to limit her audience to teachers, Kelley branched out beyond Education five years ago. She became trained as a Co-Active Coach at the esteemed Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and holds a CPCC certification enabling her to broaden her practice to serve clients from diverse professional and personal backgrounds. Her niche is women in transition – a role she knows well as a mother and professional who has reinvented herself through career and motherhood.
Kelley’s popular seminars and community programs include the Ladies Night Out workshop series for “every woman”; the Power seminar, which coaches women on building internal leadership teams in the workplace; the Empower mother/daughter communication series; the Moms Day Out workshop for mothers of young children; and the popular Transitions series which coaches women navigating the juggle of divorce, family and career.
A contributing author to the book Coaching for Powerful Change and the visionary behind LeadHERship Empowerment Programs for women, Kelley is also a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and an active community volunteer in the Canton Public Schools attended by her sons Charlie, Jack and Ben. When not taking care of others, Kelley takes care of herself by spin cycling, vacationing on the beaches of Block Island, and enjoying time with friends.
Susan Rietano Davey
A co-founder of Prepare to Launch U, Susan Rietano Davey, is an accomplished facilitator, trainer and coach who helps professionals get the best and most out of themselves and others. A partner in Flexible Resources, Inc., a flexible work consulting and staffing firm, Susan has helped hundreds of women re-enter the professional workforce, while helping her firm establish itself as the industry expert on flexible work issues. She also has a thriving coaching practice advising “MBA-Moms”, executives, entrepreneurs and students through transition, and she leads management and work-life seminars for major Human Resources consulting firms Ceridian and Harris Rothenberg.
A skilled and dynamic communicator, Susan began her career at Xerox Corporation, where she moved through a rapid succession of Sales, Management and Staff leadership positions and was ranked among the top ten nationally in four of the five producer assignments she held. She earned the coveted President’s Club distinction six times, enjoyed three stints as guest instructor at the renowned Xerox International Center for Training and Development, and won Xerox’s 1992 National Team Excellence Quality Award.
Susan repurposed her Xerox marketing skills as a flexible work advocate at Flexible Resources. She has represented the firm on regional roundtables, television programs and radio interviews, while penning articles for newspapers, magazines and trade journals. She has led seminars for major corporations, professional associations and educational institutions on topics including: How to Brand Yourself, Managing a Flexible Workforce, Success in the Virtual Workplace, Negotiating 101, and Managing Intergenerational Work Teams, in addition to various parenting topics. In 1998, Susan was recognized as one of Hartford’s top young business leaders on The Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” list. She has twice (2009, 2015) been honored in her hometown with an Avon Achiever award for her outstanding volunteer contributions to the public school system and, in 2013, she received the Hartford Diocese St. Joseph Medal of Honor for sharing her time and musical talents with children in Greater Hartford.
A passionate community activist, Susan is an officer on several non-profit executive boards including the Avon Land Trust and Avon Booster Club. She is married to Bob, mother of three sons and a daughter and, in her free time, enjoys outdoor sports, dancing, making music and teaching yoga.