Leader | Innovator | Talent Advocate | Value Creator | Key Note Speaker | Equestrian | Author “Healing at Work: The Adult Survivor’s Guide to Using Career Conflicts to Overcome Your Past and Build the Future You Deserve” | Energizer | Eternal Optimizer

I’ve spent 25+ years creating value for organizations in a variety of industries by clarifying corporate strategy to align everyone, building leadership capability, assessing and developing talent and advocating a corporate culture of inclusion and alignment where every individual can contribute their best.

Quite simply, Human Resources matters. I see it every day in my role as a Senior Vice President for the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information.

Today’s global business challenges call for insightful, innovative solutions, and I am passionate about developing creative strategies that engage people and enable organizations to deliver exceptional performance.

I’m inspired by contributing my experience to evolving human resources practices, collaborating with colleagues across industries and sharing my expertise with business audiences through speaking engagements as well as book, online and print publications.

Susan J. Schmitt 

Group Vice President

Head of Human Resources

I teach executives and professionals to succeed by having more joy at work and in life.

Applied Materials is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world.

Our expertise is modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enabling customers to transform possibilities into reality.

At Applied Materials, our innovations make possible the technology shaping the future.


I am also excited about our book, “Healing at Work: An Adult Survivor’s Guide to Using Career Conflicts to Overcome Your Past and Build the Future You Deserve”, with co-author Martha Finney.martha

For professionals, it’s a focus on Adult Survivors of a Damaged Past (ASDP), who may be experiencing more stress, anxiety and worry at work than they want.

ABOUT THE BOOK https://www.susanjschmitt.com/about-the-book/

We teach pragmatic workplace skills and new ways of thinking that allow our followers to leverage the workplace as a laboratory for practicing powerful and healthy ways of dealing with conflict and difficulty.

The main purpose of the book is to teach readers greater self acceptance to create more joyful lives and organizations.


Martha I. Finney is executive editor and publisher at Leadership Directions Media and the author/co-author of 26 books specializing in leadership and career management. When she’s not writing out of her cottage in the Santa Fe desert, she’s driving to Florida so she can write there instead.