Susan Lubar Solvang is the President and Founder of Growing Minds. Susan recognized that developing a keen sense of awareness was the most valuable skill she had encountered. With a desire to share these experiences with school age children, including the opportunity to experience their learning in a safe and trusting environment, Susan founded Growing Minds. She has trained with the most established programs, including Mindfulness in Schools Project .b and .b Foundations, Mindful Schools, Learning to Breathe, UCSD Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher training and Mindful Self-Compassion with Kristen Neff to develop the programs that would be useful to Milwaukee area schools.
Susan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in Communication and Studio Art and her graduate degree at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (1987), preparing her with the background needed to found a non-profit organization. In addition, working at three big name companies, Xerox Corporation, Prudential Life Insurance and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, Susan developed the day-to-day business skills and expertise to develop training programs for her staff and consistent programs for schools.