Cal Poly Foundation


Greetings. My name is Susan Leahy MA CSP and I am the Co-Founder of Group To TEAM Leadership Solutions. We hope that this online proposal gives you a feel for who we are and what we can offer to the procurement department at Tapestry.  

This proposal is a starting point to support future conversations with the goal of generating a customized training that will best serve Tapestry in building a culture of TEAM within the procurement department. Everything offered in this proposal can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. To download a printable PDF of this proposal, click the button below.


Our programs support your people by:

  • Inspiring staff members to choose TEAM.

  • Offering a clear understanding about what attitudes and actions generate TEAM.

  • Giving employees a simple, yet powerful, common language to support sustainable, productive and powerful teams.

Our programs instill a sense of personal ownership, so that each participant takes responsibility for creating and maintaining a TEAM orientation within the organization. 

I absolutely love this program. I was fortunate to have had the privilege of going to great leadership and team building programs early on in my career. But there’s always only been two that I recommend, Stephen Covey’s and Dale Carnegie’s . Now there is a third: “From Group to Team”. The simple but out of the box approach was very effective for me.
— Executive Assistant - Saddleback College

Training Module #1 - From Group to TEAM

"From Group to TEAM" is the first training module in our program and constitutes one segment of our comprehensive multi-part series.

Here are the components included in the "From Group to TEAM" program:


The process starts with a customized, online, intake survey. This survey will be sent to each Group to TEAM participant to be completed two to four weeks prior to the training.


Group to TEAM participants will attend a “prep” webinar 7-10 days prior to the live training.  This webinar establishes some of our key principles so that participants enter the training with a foundational understanding of our core premise.  It also introduces the trainers to the participants, forming a familiarity, along with a level of anticipation and positive expectation.


Staff will attend either a daylong or multi-day "From Group to TEAM", in-person, training. This training will be co-facilitated by Susan Leahy & Freeman Michaels. 


After the in-person training, we offer a series of “integration” webinars, conference calls, pre-recorded videos and/or coaching calls to support the integration of the principles and practices into the day-to-day operations of the TEAM.

This unique integration process is a key part of our effectiveness.  Most trainings fail to properly “follow up”, to ensure that the material is enacted by the team.


In order to further support the integration of the Group to TEAM content, we will provide a couple of coaching calls to key leaders at Tapestry. Susan and Freeman are both business coaches who utilize coaching to support the Group to TEAM experience. 


Here is some sample content from our "From Group to TEAM" training module. The live portion of this training can be offered in either a 1 or 2 day format.  

The Core Premise of "From Group to TEAM"

Premise – You only have two options: 1-group or 2-TEAM. Everything that you do, say, think or feel is either keeping you in group (self-interest) or elevating you to TEAM (shared-interest).


The Difference Between a Group and a TEAM

When people are operating from the mindset of “group”, their choices organize around “self-interest”.  When people operate as a team, they are organizing their choices around a “shared interest”.  Group is the default when people come together, while TEAM needs to be earned. 

The question that our program constantly elicits is: Are you going to do what it takes to earn the right to call yourself a TEAM?


Review the Reflections of a Great TEAM

•  Great TEAMS maintain great communication.

•  Great TEAMS drive great results.

•  Great TEAMS run great meetings.

Integrating the “From Group to TEAM” Steps

1- Ask the Question and Give the Invitation: Are we going to be a group or are we going to be a TEAM?

2- Create a TEAM Definition: What do we want to think or feel as a result of being on this TEAM?

3- Continue to Ask the Question: Are we being a group right now, or are we being a TEAM?

Thank you, Susan and Freeman and thank you Group to Team Leadership Solutions Inc. Your work over the past year with our organization has been life-changing for me both personally and professionally. Your training, group coaching and one on one coaching have created a positive shift within me and the people around me. The group to team teachings are simple, yet powerful. They have been easy to apply and have enabled me to engage in conversations that I would normally have avoided. You have provided us with a common language that leaves people feeling empowered, connected and cared about. It has been amazing to witness how our entire team has adopted the group to team language. Our “High Five Context,” using our anchoring statements and holding each other in high regard are tools that have generated amazing results. Susan and Freeman, you are an amazing speaking team. You are powerful presenters and talented coaches. Susan thank you for your insight and support. Our one on one coaching has been invaluable. I highly recommend Group to TEAM Leadership Solutions Inc. The training, presentations, coaching, and support have had a significant and needed impact. Thank you, Susan and Freeman, for the work that you do!

From Group to TEAM Fee Investment

•1 Day Version (with accelerated integration)

The cost of this program, based around a one-day in-person training, with one prep webinar, one integration webinar and two follow up key leadership coaching calls is $23,550, plus travel expenses for two facilitators.

•2 Day Version (with full integration)

 The cost for this program, delivered via a two-day (or day and a half)  in-person training, with one prep webinar, three integration webinars and four follow up key leadership coaching calls is $32,550, plus travel expenses for two facilitators. 


  • Customized intake survey

  • Preparation webinar with two facilitators

  • In-person training with two facilitators (1 or 2 day options)

  • Integration webinar(s) with two facilitators

  • Access to EMPOWERING THE LEADER IN YOU online training for all participants

  • Key Leadership Coaching Follow Up Calls

  • Plus, additional learning content

Next Level Training Options

"From Group to TEAM" is the first training module in the Group to Team training program. After completing "From Group to TEAM" there are subsequent training programs that go further in teaching the Group to Team approach. Here is a brief overview of each of those trainings. 

Leading to TEAM

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"Leading to TEAM" is the second module in our program focusing on redefining leadership and how to inspire and enroll people rather than manipulate and control them. We teach that leadership is not a title, and "Leading to TEAM" helps team members take personal and collective ownership of the success of the team, making "Leading to TEAM" a powerful training for every executive, manager and employee.

BUILDING a Culture of TEAm

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"Building a Culture of TEAM" is the third module in the Group to Team program and the focus of this module is on deepening team respect, trust and appreciation with the goal of building and maintaining healthy relationships that anchor a solid culture of TEAM. This is a powerful process that invites people to commit and recommit to Building a Culture of TEAM!


The key to success, when utilizing professional development programs, is to follow up with support and additional training.  At Group to TEAM Leadership Solutions, we offer both.  Our programs are designed to create long-term change, and we offer both supplemental materials and additional support and training.

Materials Overview:

The materials for "From Group to TEAM" include Empowering the Leader in You.  This is an online, self-directed, course that Group to TEAM Leadership Solutions provides to participants after the completion of our "From Group to TEAM" training.

This online training is separated into four video modules and reviews 12 core leadership distinctions.

Participants access and review the contents of the program at their own pace, and can refer to it over-and-over again at their leisure.

One key distinction of our Group To TEAM philosophy is that leadership is not a title.  We believe that every member of the team must take personal ownership for their choices and the impact of those choices. "Empowering the Leader In YOU" has been designed to support team members in taking personal ownership within their organizations and in their personal lives, to produce results. 

The materials fee covers the user license, user setup and technical support.  "Empowering the Leader in YOU" is being provided to "From Group to Team" participants at a discounted rate.


Group to TEAM Leadership Solutions offers additional training tools and materials to support participants. We have a Facebook page, with a community of participants who share their on-going experiences.  Additionally, videos, articles and special programs will be shared with participants via email, for several months after the training, to promote continued learning and growth.

Thank you for this opportunity. We look forward to working with Tapestry!



Phone:  (323) 592-3000

Co-Founders & Lead Facilitators


Susan Leahy MA CSP is a loving, powerful committed woman.  She is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) & Confidence Coach. Susan is the creator of “The Confident Woman Program” a powerful online program that connects women to their confidence while elevating the condition of women worldwide.  #StrongerWomenBetterWorld

Susan is also the co-founder of Group to TEAM Leadership Solutions, a training & consulting organization that supports organizations to build a “Culture of TEAM” by empowering the individual.  Susan understands that great TEAMs run great meetings and she is the creator of Robert’s Rules Made Simple, North America's #1 Robert's Rules training program. Susan’s Robert’s Rules webinars and online training products are used by thousands of boards across the US & Canada to run more effective meetings. 

Freeman Michaels MA

Freeman is a powerful, action-oriented, business coach who co-founded Group to TEAM Leadership Solutions with the intention of shifting corporate culture toward TEAM. Freeman was himself a one-time business owner managing dozens of people to achieve a common goal.  Now, Freeman combines his real-life business experience, with decades of dedication to personal growth, leadership and transformation, to help companies transform the way they do business. Freeman firmly believes that when TEAM becomes a cultural value, then engagement, productivity and creativity fuel extraordinary results.

You don’t have to do anything to be a group, but you have to EARN the right to call yourself a TEAM.           

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