Sue Padernacht

Sue Padernacht

Continuing Lecturer

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MA, Columbia University
BA, State University of New York, Stony Brook

Research Interest

Leadership and Management Development

Organization Development

With over 30 years of experience as a Senior Executive, Educator, Coach and Consultant, Sue Padernacht is an expert in organization development, leadership development and learning and development with a track record of transforming organizations and teams to meet the disruptive changes taking place in their organizations and markets. She applies validated change management and leading-edge people development approaches to drive business results while strengthening engagement and building capabilities. She works with all levels of management and employees across a wide array of industries, promoting a culture of collaboration and cross-functional strategic alignment. She is a trusted advisor to CEOs, executives and their teams. As a senior leader, she builds, leads and manages high-performing diverse teams of employees and contractors across multiple locations and time zones.

In her most recent corporate executive role, Ms. Padernacht was the Vice President of Talent and Organization Development (T&OD) at Tribune Publishing where she was the Chief Learning Officer, Organization Development leader and advisor to the business. Her nationwide responsibilities included building and driving alignment of T&OD initiatives and culture change with the company’s strategic goals and digital transformation plan for 150 media business units, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, San Diego Union-Tribune, Hartford Courant, Orlando Sentinel, among others.

As a business owner and entrepreneur, Ms. Padernacht founded Ncline Leadership Strategies, LLC, a management consulting firm with expertise in developing the people that drive business success. For over 16 years she led the firm to serve 100s of client organizations, from multinational corporations to start-ups in a wide variety of industries including: Healthcare providers and suppliers; Technology cloud, software, hardware; Digital Advertising; Financial Services such as banking, annuities, credit unions, investment management; Entertainment studios and sales; Publishing and Media; Real Estate, Construction and Property Management; Higher Education, private and public; Engineering, the Public Sector and Non-profits. 

Ms. Padernacht’s areas of expertise include:

Talent Strategy & Leadership Development

  • Executive and leadership coaching, assessment and training 
  • Negotiations and emotional intelligence coaching, assessment and training
  • Leadership succession and talent capabilities assessment
  • Learning and career needs assessment, strategy development and execution

Organization Development

  • Change management and organizational culture consulting and execution
  • Business strategy and innovation facilitation 
  • Team assessment and development
  • Performance management design and consulting

At the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine, Ms. Padernacht teaches Executive Leadership, Talent Strategy & Management and Negotiations courses in the Executive MBA, Health Care Executive MBA and Fully Employed MBA programs. She has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for Negotiations in the Executive MBA program, and has served on the faculty of numerous corporate executive education initiatives. Previously, she was on faculty at Loyola Marymount University-Los Angeles, UCLA and Cal Poly Pomona, and was a professional speaker with Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO and executive development organization.

In 2011, Ms. Padernacht was appointed to the Board of Directors of the  American Lung Association in California where she has served on the Audit, Governance and CEO Advisory Committees, as well as several national committees. Previously, Ms. Padernacht served on the Boards of Directors for the United Way’s Kellogg Training & Consulting Center, the American Cancer Society and the Organization Development Network.

Ms. Padernacht earned a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University, Teachers College where her major was Organizational Psychology and her specializations were Organization Development and Human Resource Development. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Psychology and the Social and Ethical Issues in the Life Sciences. She is a certified ICF coach and an expert in leadership assessment, including certifications in three of the most valid and reliable assessments of emotional intelligence: The Hay Group's ESCI (Emotional-Social Competence Inventory), the MSCEIT (Meyer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test) and (at the mastery-level) the EQ-i (Emotional Intelligence Quotient). She is also certified with the Center for Creative Leadership and numerous other leadership, negotiations, organizational and team assessment tools.