Susan Padernacht

Susan Padernacht


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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 teaching, consulting and executive coaching experience, Ms. Sue Padernacht is the Vice President of Talent and Organization Development (T&OD) at Tribune Publishing, based out of Downtown Los Angeles. In her role, Ms. Padernacht is the Chief Learning Officer, organization development leader and advisor to the business, building and driving alignment of T&OD initiatives and culture change with Tribune Publishing’s strategic goals and digital transformation plan. Her responsibilities cover about 150 media business units nationwide including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, Sun-Sentinel, San Diego Union-Tribune, among others.

Prior to taking this position in December, 2015, Ms. Padernacht was President and Lead Consultant of Ncline Leadership Strategies, LLC, a management consulting firm with expertise in developing the people that drive business success. She worked with many organizations in a variety of industries including financial services, technology, health care, publishing, retail, advertising, entertainment, education, engineering, manufacturing, real estate and construction management. She has also worked with the public sector as well as with non-profits. 

Her areas of expertise include:

Talent Strategy & Leadership Development

  • Executive and leadership coaching, assessment and training 
  • Negotiations and emotional intelligence coaching, assessment and training
  • Talent learning and development needs assessment, learning strategy development and implementation

Organization Development

  • Team development and strategic planning facilitation 
  • Change management and organizational culture consulting 
  • Performance and talent strategy & management consulting

At the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine, Ms. Padernacht teaches leadership, talent strategy & management and negotiations courses in the Executive MBA, Health Care Executive MBA and Fully Employed MBA programs. She was previously 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 serves on the Audit, Governance and CEO Advisory Committees Previously, Ms. Padernacht served on the Boards of Directors for the United Way’s Kellogg Training & Consulting Center, the Organization Development Network and the American Cancer Society.

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 an expert in leadership assessment and coaching, 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.