When you’re ready to empower yourself with the knowledge that comes from 100’s of career placements and negotiations, I’m here to help.


I grew up in recruiting, and from a very young age I was fascinated with, and TRAINED, to understand what it takes to GET the job. I LOVED the psychology behind hiring and getting hired, so when I graduated from college in Iowa and moved back to Philadelphia, I put all those interview skills to work and got an amazing job working for a global corporation in marketing. I was an expert interviewer and it paid off.


As I honed my career, relocated and pursued my passions, I codified what works and what doesn’t in the modern career and job search landscape.

I’ve had the privilege to learn from thousands of the most successful professionals in the country. I’ve heard their stories, identified the trends, and honed my coaching programs along the way. I developed a data-backed job search approach that works.

My approach helps professionals confidently find, apply for, interview and negotiate for the jobs of their dreams.

I’ve served as a Board Member for MBA Women International, Los Angeles Chapter. I’m a Founding Member of HUB LA, a social enterprise accelerator, and the Founder for the Foundation for African Leadership in Business. I have an MBA from IE Business School (Spain) and an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University.




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Client testimonials

Working with her made all the difference!

Suzanne is my go-to woman when I contemplate a career change. I somehow got through a BS and PhD at...

Samantha, PhD, Head of People, Biotech Industry

Career Coach Suzanne O'Brien

Samantha, PhD, Head of People, Biotech Industry

Suzanne is my go-to woman when I contemplate a career change. I somehow got through a BS and PhD at MIT without learning how to master the job search process, so thank goodness I found Suzanne. She knows how to ask you the right questions to get to the heart of what you want in your career, and then how to construct those desires into actual jobs. She used data (which I love!) to guide me through the nuances of the job search process and helped me get the job I wanted.

Career Confidence helped me get my dream job!

Suzanne helped me get my dream job, which I didn’t even know existed. It was exciting to see my brand...

Regina, Director of Marketing

Career Coach Suzanne O'Brien

Regina, Director of Marketing

Suzanne helped me get my dream job, which I didn’t even know existed. It was exciting to see my brand emerge after I worked through the assignments, video tutorials, and one-on-one coaching calls. She also helped me discover how much fun networking can be. I enjoyed working with Suzanne tremendously. I would highly recommend Suzanne to anyone who wants to level up and get their dream jobs.

Career Confidence helps other people be great

This course works. I needed someone to teach me how to do networking. It is one of my weaknesses, and...

-Kathleen, PhD, Scientific Project Manager

Career Coach Suzanne O'Brien

-Kathleen, PhD, Scientific Project Manager

This course works. I needed someone to teach me how to do networking. It is one of my weaknesses, and I always avoided it. I needed someone to tell me you can do this, and here's how you do it. I needed that direction and the vote of confidence.
Career Coach Suzanne O'Brien

Executive Bio

Suzanne O’Brien is a Career Advancement Coach and is the Founder and CEO of LevelUp Careers, which she established to provide greater awareness, understanding and tools for aspiring executives to achieve their goals. She brings extensive experience working with executives and leadership teams of high-growth, global companies for over 10 years.

Having grown up in the recruiting business, she is driven by a lifelong passion for helping others achieve career growth and transformation. With her proven approach to career planning, Suzanne has helped 1,000+ executives and mid-career professionals make a career change and simultaneously take a step forward professionally.

Previously, as an Executive Recruiter for the Toft Group and Renaissance Leadership, Suzanne delivered executive searches for some of the most well-known biotechnology and high tech companies across the country. She has driven VP and C-Level searches with some of Silicon Valley’s most exciting tech companies backed by Sequoia, Bessemer, and Lightspeed Partners, Khosla Ventures and NEA.

Prior to taking on a leadership role in Executive Recruiting, Suzanne managed the strategic services program for the New Zealand Government in North America. In this role, Suzanne worked closely with CEO’s on global expansion strategies and recruited C-Level executives to the Board. As part of her role, she worked with New Zealand’s largest companies on development of talent attraction, retention and employee development strategies.

In her spare time, Suzanne has served on the Los Angeles board of MBA Women International and is a Founding Member of The HUB, a social impact accelerator in Los Angeles. She has served on the Graduate Management African Pipeline Advisory Group, along with representatives from top business schools including Kellogg, Booth, Maryland, Wharton and Stanford.


Stanford University Graduate Business School
Executive Program for Women Leaders

IE Business School, Madrid, Spain
Ranked #3 Worldwide by Forbes and
#6 Worldwide by the Financial Times
MBA, International Business

Iowa State University B.A.
Advertising with a minor in Spanish