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Inspiring Lifelong Learning

About Us

We are always moving forward in life. But sometimes we’re not sure that we’re moving in the direction or at the pace we really want, and if we are equipped with the skills for both the journey and our destination.  That’s why it helps to have a guide along the way. This is where  Living Forward™ can help.  

Founded in 2006, Living Forward™ is a growing training and coaching firm that specializes in customizing learning solutions for organizations. Our trainers and coaches hold a combined work experience of more than 40 years in organizational development, performance improvement, change management, leadership development and conflict and communication skills. Our customized approach provides learning solutions for companies of all sizes through workshops, group coaching, and executive/individual coaching.  We inspire lifelong learning in everything we do!

We invite you to get to know us and to consider inviting us into your journey. Together, we can uncover your gifts, help you set and achieve goals, and offer direction to make your dreams a reality, as you continue living forward.

Living Forward™ “Inspiring Lifelong Learning©”

Coaching services, Webinars, Workshops

On-on-one coaching, group workshop facilitation,  live and online webinars, mobile coach and trainings designed to create positive transformation, clarity, improved communication and to strengthen connection.


Suzanne Ness, M.A., CPCC


Suzanne is the Principal and Cofounder of Living Forward™, a nationally recognized trainer, speaker, as well as corporate, executive, and life coach.  Suzanne has led hundreds of skill building sessions in a variety of organizations throughout North America. As an ICF certified coach with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, she is adept at helping teams communicate more effectively; specializing in conflict resolution, presentation skills, and team building.  Suzanne’s commitment to empower others and encourage self-directed learning is apparent in her coaching and training style.  She lives in Greater Chicago, IL, with her family, including 2 guinea pigs, several fish, a crested gecko and her faithful dog, Oliver.

B.S. Communication Studies with a Minor in Women’s Studies
M.A. Organizational Management
International Coach Federation member and Certified Coach from CTI (Coaches Training Institute)
Past Board of Director for the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director of the Living Forward™ Foundation
President of the firm, Living Forward™ Inc.
Online Adjunct Instructor for Kaplan University teaching Introduction to Management, Small Business Management, Global Business
Former Corporate Trainer for Skillpath Corporate Strategies
Corporate Trainer for PDTraining
Studied acting at the Depaul University Theatre School

If you’d like to work with Suzanne to find your sweet spot in life, you can contact her via email or phone.

Phone: 815-608-0252


Lou Ness, M. Med., ORSCC

Professional Certified Coach

Lou Ness, a Vietnam War veteran and co-founder of Living Forward, has over thirty years in public service and administration. Lou holds a Masters Degree in Mediation, is an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church, and is a Fellow with the University of Illinois Leadership Institute. She is also a certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC). Over the past thirty years, Lou has sharpened her coaching skills helping individuals and organizations manage and use the energy of conflict to transform their organizations and create powerful visions that inspire and drive performance. More recently, Lou walked from Rockford, Ill to Washington, DC (Hear Our Cry, Marching for America’s Poor) meeting with groups, churches and individuals throughout seven states.

If you’d like to work with Lou to transform the conflict in your life, you can contact her via email or phone.
Phone: 815-404-7246


Blog Posts

  • Reset Button for Life
    Don’t You Wish Life Came with a Reset Button?
    By life’s reset button, I mean the ability to start over when you make a mistake.  Backtrack in a relationship when misunderstandings lead to subtle slights until you aren’t speaking to a...
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    How to Encourage Learning
    Learning is a process involving nurturing, inspiring, and self-discovering. Learning is a voluntary act. We all choose what we learn, even when life and experience provide learning, not everyone takes it in....

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Living Forward, LLC is a coaching and training company founded in 2006, that "inspires lifelong learning". Our qualified coaches specialize in workplace communication, change readiness, and performance improvement. We also offer individual coaching, group coaching and conflict resolution/mediation.


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