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Speaker, Author, Time Liberator - Susan Lannis

Susan Lannis speaker, author, time liberator

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SUSAN LANNIS - Biography

Education            Organizing Credentials          Speaking Credentials        Writing Credentials       Affiliations        Volunteerism

Professional Organizing Credentials

Pioneer in the Professional Organizing IndustryOrganization Plus!  Est. 1987 I am the first organizing business in the Oregon market to focus exclusively on businesses. 

Leader of the organizing industry - Produced the first organizing video for the business market (How to Organize Your Desk - 1991), produced the first audio program delineating the principles of organization (Organizing Fundamentals – 1998), initiated the creation of National Get Organized Week now Get Organized Month (January) for NAPO.  

Media resource - Susan’s information has been featured locally on television (AM Northwest & Good Day Oregon) radio (KXL) and print (The Oregonian, The Business Journal, Progressive Woman & Metrozine) as well as nationally on radio (WGMD) and in national magazines (Business Start-Up, Martha Stewart’s Living, Independent Business, In-House Graphics)

Author resource - single largest contributor to On Your Own, A Guide to Working Happily, Productively & Successfully From Home (L. Fisher, Prentice Hall, 1995, multiple printings). Contributor to Guerilla Saving – Secrets for Keeping Profits in Your Home Based Business (J.C. Levinson & K. Tyler 2000)

National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) (1988-present)

Founder of the Oregon Chapter (1991).  National Board of Directors (1991-1998 and 2000-2005).  National P.R. Committee Director to implement the creation of National Get Organized Week (1991-93), National Treasurer (1993-1998) National Conference Chair (1998), National Communications and Technology Director 2000-2005  Winner, 1995 NAPO Above and Beyond Award, Winner, 2005 Service Award, Winner1997 NAPO President’s Award. Conference speaker 1988,89,90,91,92,93,94,95,96, 97,99, 2000,2004


Speaking Credentials                

Select Clients: Intel, IRS, Oregon Small Business Fair, NAPO, Oregon Legal Assistants Association, Office Systems & Business Expo, Assoc. Of Home Based Businesses, NW Real Estate Network, Professional Assoc. of Custom Clothiers, Oregon City Public Schools, Oregon Romance Writers Assoc.. 

Continuing Education: Toastmasters International (1988-Sept 2012) Served as Chapter and District Officer, winner of more than 30 speech contests, four times honored as Club Member of the Year and one of the first recipients of the District 7 Spirit Award.  Quarter final round participant in the 2003 World Championship of Public Speaking

Writing Credentials

Articles - Home Based Business News, The Portland Business Journal, The Women’s Journal, The Executive Express, local and regional newsletters. 

Columnist - Progressive Woman Newspaper

Other Professional  Affiliations

Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon

(1989-1999) Chapter Treasurer, 1990 State Conference Committee, State Treasurer, State Public Relations Committee Chair, Long Range Planning Committee, and Winner, 1991 Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon Clackamas Member of the Year, five time finalist Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Association Of Home Businesses

(1995-96) Association Secretary, Executive Committee member, Winner, 1996 AHB Hall of Fame Award

Oregon Speakers Association

Member 1994 & 1995


Small Business Management Program 2008 - present

Certificate of Small Business Management 1995-1998

Accounting classes – Portland State University

Community Ed – Mt. Hood CC, Clackamas CC, Gladstone Community Education

Toastmasters International 1989 to present – communication, leadership and listening

B.S. University of Connecticut 1976

Select Volunteer Activities

Big Brother Big Sister

The West Women and Children’s Shelter

Community Consultant for Clackamas County High School Students

Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial

Education            Organizing Credentials          Speaking        Writing        Affiliations        Volunteerism 

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