Susan de la Vergne
When I was in the third grade, I wrote my first short story. It was a tale of cowboys and rustlers in the old west, of horse stealing and shoot-outs by the corral. I made carbon copies and gave them to our neighbors who (very kindly) read it. My career as a self-publishing writer had begun.
I went on to do what writers do: I developed a love of reading, which led me to major in English in college, which led me to a career in … information technology. It was not a typical career path, but one which gave me an up-close appreciation of the challenge of communicating to groups. After a couple of decades in IT, I turned my attention to helping leaders become effective speakers and writers as a consultant and instructor.
Today, write and edit. I also teach ESL, which is a fabulous way to stay razor sharp on grammar. For someone like me–a language junkie–it’s a great combination, a life steeped in words, expression, and ideas, helping people navigate the complexity and ambiguity of communicating.
Engineers on Stage
You Can’t Manage Time
Speaking English with My Father (soon to be released)
- B.A., English; post-graduate studies in Professional Writing at USC.
Experience and Publications
- Copy Editor – Beverly Press (Los Angeles newspaper)
- Managing Editor – Engineering Momentum
- Columnist, IEEE Insight – since 2011
- Also published in: Chronicle of Higher Education, The Oregonian, Journal of the Quality Assurance Institute, Perdido: Leadership with a Conscience.
- “What’s 50 Years?” selected for David Brooks’ “The Road to Character” blog.
- 5 years ESL teaching experience.
- 10+ years teaching experience (presentation skills, corporate communication and leadership)
- Bi-lingual (English/Spanish); some French, and a tiny bit of Japanese.
Call or text +1-323-246-9040