Human Value Optimisation Specialist

Susan is an award winning consultant specialising in Talent Management, Inclusion and Engagement; a Community Activist with a deep-rooted belief in human value; a published author of books exploring the world in which we live in; and a Public Speaker.

Coming from a diverse, multicultural background with a diversity of experience from across different areas of society and involvement in different aspects of society – most especially young people and people from challenged backgrounds – Susan has the ability to relate to and connect with virtually anyone.

People interacting with Susan are typically inspired to think outside of the box and realise that the world with its rich tapestry is really and truly their oyster – full of opportunities to be both exploited and shared.  They find themselves both appreciating and recognising both their own unique value and worth and that of the people that surround them both locally and globally. Susan relates to both the challenges, concerns and the environment of people from different backgrounds, not only because of her vast and varied experience, but also because of her ability to relate to others and see things from their point of view. This is part of the uniqueness that Susan brings to optimise human value in various arenas.

Susan is also the author of three books: Touching the Heart of Milton Keynes: A Social Perspective, Consequences: Diverse to Mosaic Britain, and Male Perspectives on The Value of Women at Work.



I had the great pleasure of working with Susan recently in an open forum focussing on different elements regarding Black Britain for Black History Month. What impressed me greatly, and one of the reasons I was keen to take part, was that Susan created a safe, trusted and open environment where a number of us could discuss our thinking on difficult topics. I work with business leaders as an executive leadership coach and never has a forum such as this been needed more. Susan’s easy, encouraging and inquiring style brings out real insight which I believe to be essential in making progress in this crucial area. I cannot recommend Susan highly enough – thank you for bringing me into the conversation.”

Matthew Griffiths, Board Chair, Vistage (UK) 

“I had the unique and distinct pleasure of welcoming Susan as a guest speaker to my class at DePaul last night. Susan graciously accepted my invitation to travel from the UK to Chicago. She quickly demonstrated her in-depth knowledge of the Millennial generation (which applies to all my students in this particular class) and her keen grasp on events at the local, national and global levels. Her presentation on values and beliefs aligned with the values and mission of DePaul University and resonated with the students that were listening to and interacting with her. She made an impression, she captured the students’ interests and most were practically laser-locked on her words. I could almost see the “wheels turning” in their heads as they considered and critically thought through what she was discussing. This was particularly relevant discussion, as most students are graduating shortly and are focused on building their careers. Thank you, Susan!” 

Janice Newman, Professor at DePaul University 

“Susan Popoola is an excellent presenter and engages her audiences well. She is knowledgeable and engaged our students in a discussion around graduate opportunities in the workplace with an awareness of current tends both in the UK and globally.”

Lydia Selby, Centre for Citizenship Enterprise and Governance University of Northampton

Susan delivered a brilliant talk that resonated amongst all attendees.  Her focus on aligning personal or professional goals with our natural skills and competencies resonated amongst all in the room. The audience were truly inspired as she gave tips to help them focus on how to maximise their efforts and potential.  Thank you Susan! The Uptions Team looks forward to collaborating with you again. 

Nicky Lewis, Uptions

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