In today’s episode of the Happiness Squad, Ashish and Anil sit down with a very special guest, Captain Suzanne Lesko, USN (Ret.). Suzanne is part of an elite group of women, the 1% of the 1% club to rise to the rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy, and introduces herself as “Xena, Warrior Advisor.” She has over 20 years’ experience in defense and national security-related communications, strategic and operational planning, program management, and high-risk training. 

She is a combat veteran and has provided high impact leadership training to various organizations, through her role as a technical advisor with Valiant Integrated Services, and as a subject matter expert with Wharton Leadership Ventures. Suzanne has also served as a Captain, US Navy Reserve, where she was a high-level focal point for public affairs activities in Central and South America and the Caribbean to support her active duty counterparts. Suzanne is a passionate advocate for women, peace, and security. 

Suzanne also founded the Global Awareness Through Education (GATE) Project, a global non-profit, which provides scholarships and leadership advancement to empower strong-willed women undergraduates from post-conflict zones to participate meaningfully in peace and security processes in their homelands.

During the show, Ashish, Anil and Suzanne discuss some of the practices that have allowed her to flourish, and unlock her full potential throughout her life and career.

Suzanne shares her gratitude for the small things in life, and her appreciation for life as she enters the next stage after 26+ years with the Navy.

They also offer insights into the importance of knowing your people – the direct connection that allows you to be aware when they’re feeling “off,” and helping them reach their own potential.

Join Ashish, Anil and Suzanne for this fascinating and informative conversation.


What You’ll Learn in this Show:


Suzanne’s LinkedIn

The GATE Project 

@MyHappinessSquad Instagram

Ashish Kothari LinkedIn

Anil Ramjiani LinkedIn

Happiness Squad Youtube Channel


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