Education. Innovation. Foresight.​Kindness & Resilience.



 Education is our best chance to develop our competitive advantage.

 I research authentic leadership alongside social and emotional learning for adults to better inspire kindness and resilience. 


Innovation isn't just about a spark. It's about overcoming a fear of failure. 

I help others build the right team, find the root causes to problems, prototype outcomes, and provide novel solutions. 


Foresight is the art and science of understanding the future. 

I write on personal and professional foresight to guide individuals and businesses in finding return on investment

About Susan

I value education, innovation, and foresight paired with kindness and resilience, without giving in to a fear of failure. Being afraid of failure is human – but looking fear in the face and taking on a challenge is the most important thing you can do. Through my company, Castle Sands LLC, I am a subject matter expert in management, marketing, and leadership. I also help people build and scale businesses and organizations while using actionable research, design thinking, and scenario planning. I then help those individuals and organizational leaders strategize and evaluate their own leadership potential through research, consulting, and coaching to emphasize authentic leadership development and to use business or organization management as their own expression of creativity while making money and impact.​

My teaching and consulting style for adults developed over the last 10 years as a business owner and university instructor, who built one of the first master's degree specializations in social media. Recent research has proven that my teaching increases experiential learning outcomes. I use evidence-based and promising practices to develop authentic leadership skills. When I work with you, we focus on solving the root causes of problems and coming up with innovative solutions. There are no lengthy client pitches and run-arounds, only real results. My writing has been featured in the SAP's The Customer's Edge, Birmingham Business Journal, Alabama Inc, MIT Sloan Executive Education's Innovation @ Work, Venture Beat, PR News' first Social Media Guidebook for digital marketing,'s Young Professionals Millennials of Alabama study, Thrive, and The Foresight Guide. 

If you're interested in working with me on a consulting project, research, or conference presentation, please email me at 

susan (at)

Dr. Susan Fant Cassity

EdD in Organizational Change 

and Leadership

Educational Background:

University of Southern California, 

University of St Andrews, 

Birmingham-Southern College

Certificates & Trainings: 

Cornell University, 

MIT, Goleman Institute, 

Google and USC Yoga Optimize Your Life

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Contact Susan.

I always welcome emails from potential clients and potential partnerships. To learn more about how we can work together, email me at susan (at)