Co-Founder and Principal
Suzanne Frindt’s clients and audiences view her as a unique fusion of passion and skill, with the ability to actively listen, comprehend and connect with individuals and groups.
As co-founder and Principal of 2130 Partners, she is a recognized speaker on the topics of Accelerate Your Leadership™ and Productive Interactions™, addressing various organizations around the world. As a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association she is also known as a popular speaker on women-in-business issues. She has addressed women in such diverse environments as indigenous women leaders in Peru, college students in China, and women entrepreneurs in the Middle East. The U.S. State Department tapped Suzanne to address the 2006 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Businesswomen’s Summit in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. In March 2007, she was named one of “20 Top Women to Watch” by Churm Media, and was featured in the March 15 cover story in OC Metro Magazine. In 2009 she was asked to co-create and teach curriculum for “The World Academy for the Future of Women” at the SIAS International University in China.
In July 2010 Suzanne’s new book, “Accelerate: High Leverage Leadership for Today’s World,” was published. She co-authored “Accelerate” with her husband and business partner, Dwight Frindt. “Accelerate” is not a theoretical book on leadership, but rather a practical resource for leaders to refer to when faced with the very real and daily challenges of managing their teams and their businesses. This book is the result of 20 years “in the trenches” with leaders helping them work through their issues and take their businesses to new levels of success and satisfaction.
Since 2003 Suzanne has researched, designed, developed and refined a powerful leadership curriculum that debuted in 2006 as a 2130 Partners workshop series called Productive Interactions. This breakthrough program constructively disrupts participants’ beliefs, habits and practices in the way they communicate. The first five-session workshop, Productive Interactions I, made its debut in Orange County, California in the fall of 2006, drawing such an overwhelming number of applicants that it quickly sold-out registration for its first three tracks. Additional tracks took place in Orange County through 2008. The follow-up program Productive Interactions II also debuted in 2007. The program expanded to 2130 Partners’ office in Seattle in fall of 2008. In 2009 a special “one day intensive version” of Productive Interactions debuted with great success and is now conducted on a regular basis.
In addition, Suzanne serves as a Group Chair for Vistage International, a professional organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of chief executives. Vistage and its affiliates have more than 15,000+ members in 15 countries, making it the world’s leading CEO membership organization. Each month she facilitates groups in Orange County that include company presidents, entrepreneurs and key executives.
As a board member, Suzanne regularly contributes entrepreneurial creativity and management experience to both profit and not-for-profit companies and organizations, including Thoro Packaging and Managease.
Prior to founding 2130 Partners, Suzanne was a founding Principal of Communities Unlimited, a satisfaction research firm. In her pre-entrepreneur days, she held leadership positions with a variety of companies in operations, human resources, marketing and sales.
She and her husband, Dwight, have been investors and activists for The Hunger Project for over 20 years. They travel extensively throughout Africa, India, Bangladesh and Latin America to assist the organization in mobilizing local people to create lasting society-wide progress in health, education, nutrition, family incomes and the empowerment of women. In the last few years, The Pachamama Alliance, Chirapaq, and the FeelGood organizations have become additional investment and support interests for Suzanne. She is certified to lead, “Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream” Symposium for The Pachamama Alliance and has been involved in leadership development programs in partnership with Chirapaq and FeelGood, training young leaders in a new paradigm of leadership.
Suzanne has an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, and has a deep personal commitment to ongoing growth development in a broad range of disciplines including being ordained as an interfaith minister in 2005.