Leadership Mindset Coach
Susan Hobson is a High-Performance Leadership Coach, published author, Founder/CEO of Elite High Performance Inc. and host of the podcast ‘The Leadership Launchpad Project.’
Susan’s science-based Elite High-Performance Coaching process draws on her first hand experience competing at some of the most competitive environments on the planet – Princeton & Harvard Universities and The NWHL (National Women’s Hockey League).
She now leads a practice of High-Performance Mindset Coaches based in the financial district of downtown Toronto, Canada.
Susan has been leading the industry for 15 years, working with some of the world’s highest performing people and teams: Professional Athletes, C-Suite Executives, Entrepreneurs and many of the world’s leading tech companies like Google.
Her specialty is in the area of mindset strategy architecture, which essentially means that she teaches High-Performers how to think strategically so that they can play their biggest impact.
Your highest potential is her passion, so join her on her mission to change the way the game of life and business is being played forever.
As a kid, growing up in Mississauga, Ontario, I started playing hockey with a dream – I wanted to be the best. I dreamt of playing in the NHL for The Boston Bruins. It didn’t take me long to realize that as a girl, I probably wasn’t going to grow up to be making millions of dollars playing in the NHL, so I quickly pivoted and made it my goal to get the best education that I could with my talent for hockey.
As I grew older and progressed in my journey to be my best, I soon learned that “being the best” meant being at the front of the pack, scoring the most goals and getting straight A’s. It not only meant being better than your opponents but your teammates and classmates as well.
These strategies seemed to work – they landed me a full ride to one of the most elite private schools in all of New England, and at just 14 years old, I packed my bags and said goodbye to my family and friends, and moved to the states. I say they seemed to work because I gave myself a life-threatening disease in the process of using these externally motivated strategies to “win.”
That didn’t stop me though – my sheer determination and grit not only helped me white-knuckle my way around these health obstacles, but they helped me get recruited to the #1 IVY League school, Princeton University.
Success, right? I had achieved my goal after all – little did I know it was all about to come crashing down all around me.
Overnight, I went from being a big fish in a small pond (being one of the top recruited hockey players in North America, on the high honour roll at an elite New England prep school), to a tiny minnow in the ocean (being in one of the most competitive environments on the planet, riding pine and getting C’s and D’s for the very first time in my life). And, as if that wasn’t enough, my father got diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away my freshmen year.
This was a real crossroads moment for me – my brain felt like a total failure. All of my hardwiring and programming had taught me that in order to feel like a success, I had to be the best, and that meant getting the external validation of ice time, scoring goals, getting A’s and the recognition of my father up in the stands cheering for me when I was doing well. Without these resources for my motivation and confidence, I literally lost my sense of self. I had no idea who I was or how to get what I needed back internally so that I could regain my feelings of success.
Naturally, my brain told me to do what it thought was right – run for its life. Quit and go home.
Lucky for me, I didn’t listen. I still wanted to be the best. So I chose to listen to those resources around me at the time who taught me how to think my way to get back to feeling that I was.
Places like Princeton do not like to see their student athletes fail, and I was fortunate to be surrounded by resources who helped me retrain my brain’s strategies for success. I learned all about the power of intrinsically motivated goals, where true self-confidence and self-motivation come from and most importantly, and how to redefine success.
Once I re-hardwired my brain in these powerful ways, the results spoke for themselves. I went from bench rider of the century my first year of being on the top lineup as one of the leading scorers my second year. I went from almost failing most of my classes to being on the National’s Dean’s List.
From that point on, I was hooked and I was sold. I had to know everything I possibly could about the power of brain training so that I could go on to teach and train other high-performers on these winning, sustainable strategies for success.
So that’s what I did. While playing professional women’s hockey for the Toronto Aeros in the NWHL, and winning a National Championship and NWHL Cup, I went on to study high-performance coaching and NeuroLinguistic Programming so that I could open up my practice in downtown Toronto over a 15 years ago. Since then, I’ve been helping high-performers in life, sports and business achieve excellence and in doing so, I’ve developed a powerful science-based coaching process that gets results quickly and predictably.
Make every performance count!
Meet the Team
Liane’s mission is to help self-starting women who want to level up and move forward with clarity, motivation, purpose and fulfillment. She works on mindset strategy to improve the results her clients get in all areas of life.
Liane is certified in High Performance Coaching and is based in Toronto. She has a background in clinical nutrition, nutritional genomics and corporate wellness. Past clients include Mount Sinai Hospital, Facebook, The Royal Bank of Canada and the TD Centre of Learning. Along with a diploma in holistic nutrition, Liane has a certificate of training from the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy and is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach. Liane has also written for The National Post, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.
Before I became a high performance coach, I worked as a nutritionist in a medical practice. My life looked perfect on paper. I had checked all the boxes for a successful life: marriage, kids, house, busy social life, 6am workouts and up and coming in my career. Yet on the inside I felt adrift and unsatisfied. I was just going through the motions and struggling with a lot of self-doubt. I knew that I wanted to have more of an impact with my work and that I was capable of more but I held myself back because I thought that I wasn’t ready or expert enough to step into a bigger league.Read More
In my personal life my lack of fulfillment professionally had spread into my relationships and I was in a constant state of irritation. I felt depleted and drained by everything I had to do. I lived by my to-do list but it was getting harder and harder to feel motivated and to power through the day. Somehow I had lost control over the big picture. I didn’t know what was behind my lack of action and why I couldn’t move forward.
One day as I was listening to a podcast, I heard a high performance coach describe the importance of mindset and how our beliefs either serve as resources to support us or limit us. It clicked for me as I began to understand that I was struggling because I had a default map of disempowering beliefs that were keeping me stuck in a cycle of self- sabotage. Of course I didn’t do anything initially. It took another 2 months of thinking over whether or not coaching was right for me before I finally decided that I was sick of wasting time spinning my wheels and hoping things would somehow work out.
It isn’t an understatement to say that deciding to help myself move forward by working with a high performance coach was one of the best investments I’ve ever made. Confronting the dysfunctional mindset that was holding me back was fundamental to my success. I learned that because of my outdated belief system I was trapped in a chronic sense of falling short and that was why I hit a glass ceiling on my growth and my happiness. The enormous pressure I felt to do things flawlessly in all areas of my life was a breeding ground for feeling anxious and dissatisfied. I also discovered that a lack of boundaries had set me up for unhealthy relationship dynamics. The depletion and overwhelm I was struggling with were the result of autopilot choices that were all based on external strategies for validation. Who I was and what I needed wasn’t even on the map.
As I learned to shift my belief system away from the mindset of a high achiever to that of a high performer, which is based on proven growth principles and intrinsic strategies for success, I began to move forward. I was able to execute and close the gap by stepping into a bigger arena with my work because I started to have the confidence to go out of my comfort zone and take risks. With increased clarity for the first time about what was important to me I could make higher quality choices that were aligned with my purpose. That led to a reset for me with increased energy and mental well-being. The emotional resilience that I learned through my coaching gave me an understanding of myself that feels liberating because I can use that skillset to proactively manage any challenge as I go forward.
That was my aha moment. I realized that I wasn’t the only person who had built my life around self-sabotaging habits. I could see that many of my nutrition clients—millennial women with young families struggling with burnout or in a rut with their health, work and life—were not hitting their goals because they were roadblocked by the same mindset that had kept me stuck. That was when I decided to switch gears and make high performance coaching and mindset strategy my focus. Now my specialty as a coach is helping my clients deconstruct the mindset of a high achiever that leads to a glass ceiling of self-sabotage and helping them rearchitect with the proven growth strategies of a high performer so they can realize their highest potential.
Lauren Williams is a former NCAA Division 1 and professional ice hockey player. Her experience with coaching began in high school as she pursued playing hockey at the highest levels in Canada while navigating significant life struggles for the first time in her life. Using mindset coaching to propel her to the highest levels of the sport, Lauren became a two-time Team Ontario member, 3-time WCHA All-Academic team member, two-time all Big10 student-athlete, and senior captain. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in Psychology and Sociology and after completing her collegiate career and undergraduate degrees, she moved on to graduate school and to the CWHL.
Lauren holds a Masters of Education in Counseling, focused in Clinical Mental Health and is an ELITE certified coach. As Elite’s lead Brain Training for Athletes coach, Lauren has worked with numerous athletes at the youth and elite levels, helping them develop the mental skills necessary for peak performance. As a leadership coach, Lauren has worked with several leaders in over 500 hours of certification work through the ELITE coaching certification process. Lauren’s passion lies in helping people understand their own experiences to unlock their true passion, create sustainable goals, and reach their peak performance potential.
Taylor Cook is a former USports and professional ice hockey player. Her interest and experience in sports performance psychology began while playing in the PWHL with the Stoney Creek Junior Sabres. Her performance spurred allowing her to continue her career at St. Thomas University where she helped bring home the team’s first ever AUS Championship Title, made two National Championship appearances, made Academic
All-Canadian, received the Cathy Wadden Commitment Award, and was nominated for the James Bayer Memorial Award. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree and completing her collegiate career, Taylor moved overseas to Hungary where she coached a Girls U25 team before moving to Norway where she played in the Bambusa Ligaen for two seasons. Taylor is as a High Performance Coach and Certified Personal Trainer on a mission to empower athletes with mindset strategies and tools
MJ is an NCCP High Performance Certified Coach. She holds a Bachelor of Arts w/ Great Distinction, and a Graduate Diploma in Adult Learning & Development from Canada’s #1 education faculty. She is also an ELITE certified “Brain Training for Athletes” and “Leadership Launchpad” coach.
MJ has over 14 years of successful coaching experience, working at the U12, U15, U18, and U22 levels of minor hockey. From 2015-2019, she served as a full-time assistant coach with the Ryerson University women’s hockey program. During her tenure, the program set several new records, including most points, most wins, most goals scored and fewest goals allowed, as well as first playoff game win and first playoff series win in program history.
The Rams also had inaugural award recipients for the OUA & USports Marion Hilliard Award and Rookie of the Year, First and Second Team All-star and All-rookie team selections.
MJ has coached at 3 consecutive Under-18 National Championships, medalling in each appearance, winning two Gold Medals with Team Ontario Red and 1 Silver Medal with Team Ontario Blue.Read More
She was on the coaching staff with Team Ontario at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, and Head Coached at the last two Ontario Summer Games with the U16 Team Ontario program. Last season, she served as an assistant coach with the Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins program and helped lead them to a PWHL league championship.
Although MJ loves coaching, her primary mission has become to educate coaches on mental performance, and provide them with easy-to-use (and understand) tools to enhance the mental performance of their athletes and themselves. MJ has witnessed athletes struggle with mental performance at all levels, and has experienced and overcame mental performance challenges herself, both as a player and as a coach.
When she was 17, she left her small, rural hometown in Ontario to attend Princeton University, only to leave prior to finishing her degree after 3 years. Ultimately, she didn’t have the resources she needed to cope with this dramatic change of environment and the stressors that it presented. Not having any sort of skillset when it came to her mental performance lead to a lot of maladaptive strategies and limiting belief systems that had a lasting negative impact on her self-worth and quality of life for several years; they ultimately held her back from accomplishing goals that were important to her.
Fortunately, in her mid-20’s, she made the decision to engage in mental performance training, and it dramatically improved her performance and quality of life personally, academically and professionally. The benefit was so massive that she knew she had to play a part in providing this valuable knowledge to others who needed it just as much as she did.
Coach MJ has always had a burning passion to positively impact the lives of others; just ask many of the athletes she has worked with over the years. She is on a mission to educate coaches on neuroscientifically-proven strategies that boost mental resilience and strength. Her ultimate goal is to improve both the performance and the overall quality of life of those engaged in sport for years to come.
90% of our performance is mental. In athletics, we have no problem getting into the gym and training our muscles because we understand how strengthening them can improve our performance. It’s now more critical than ever that we, as members of the athletic community, put an emphasis on strengthening the most vital muscle to performance in sport and in life: the brain.
Cody is a former hockey player, entrepreneur, and certified high performance mindset coach.
After spending 4+ years battling mental illness and losing 4 of his friends to suicide, he found out that the root cause of his depression was the concussions he had playing junior hockey.
After receiving effective treatment and making a full recovery, Cody jumped into the arena of entrepreneurship, building an e-commerce company, marketing agency and consulting business. However, he quickly realized that in order to operate at a high level, his health and mindset had to be his number one priority.
Fuelled by his personal experience and passion for maintaining high performance, his mission shifted to help athletes, entrepreneurs and high achievers put their mental health first and shift the narrative on what it means to be successful. In doing so, not only could he help others avoid what he went through, but empower them to unleash their potential in both their career and life outside of it.
Through public speaking and sharing his story on social media, Cody has had the opportunity to reach over 1 million people internationally.
Rob Kalwarowsky P.Eng
Rob is on a mission to spread the message of people-centric leadership & the importance of mental health throughout the world. Rob envisions a world where happiness, inclusion, psychological safety & engagement are commonplace in the workplace. Rob is a Fearless Organization Practitioner & an Elite High Performance leadership coach. Before transitioning into leadership, Rob spent over 10 years as an engineer within mining, oil pipelines, and consulting in heavy industry. Rob is also the co-host of The Leadership Launchpad Project & Dismantling the High Performance Narrative podcasts and the founder of Maintenance Disrupted. Prior to starting his career, Rob graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Management, was a 3-time Academic All-American in NCAA Water Polo and played on the U18 Canadian National Water Polo team.