About Our Founder

Susan Seah, Chief Experience Officer

Susan’s Professional History

Live Life Boldly

Susan has been a believer of living life boldly and is always undertaking new challenges to learn and grow. She grew up in Singapore, was on the Singapore National Junior Team for bowling while in high school and, at the age of 17, came to the United States to attend college. She went on to law school after attaining her MBA degree and was one of the youngest persons to graduate from her law school class at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She was a corporate lawyer at some of the largest law firms in Chicago and Ohio, and then became Associate General Counsel and General Counsel for private and public traded technology companies. In 2009, she started her own law practice with a law partner and now acts as outside General Counsel for various technology firms.

In 2016, Susan singlehandedly launched the Seattle chapter of LWT (Leading Women in Technology), a non-profit organization focused on advancing leadership skills in women. She grew into a well-recognized and respected organization in Seattle, and helped many women complete LWT’s signature leadership program to become effective movers and shakers in their careers. In less than four years, she has successfully built up the presence of LWT in Seattle, and along the way, gained the support of some of the world’s largest companies as sponsors.

In December 2019, Susan was featured as one of the “Daring Women” in the Seattle Business Magazine (https://www.seattlebusinessmag.com/daring-women-profiles/susan-seah-co-founder-law-firm-counselgs-passionate-about-promoting-women).

attitude. perseverance. confidence

Susan's Personal History

Susan’s mantra of living life boldly goes beyond her professional life. Despite not knowing how to ride a bicycle and having panic attacks whenever in deep water, she was determined to be a triathlete and completed (with lots of tears from extreme exertion, joy and amazement) the Western Australia Ironman race within a year of picking up the sport.

For her last milestone birthday, she successfully completed a marathon a month to challenge herself. She has not let fear stopped her from learning and doing things that have been (in her words) “truly quite terrifying” – from stepping on stage to compete in a body building competition against women half her age to conquering mountain summits through snow and rock scrambling.

Susan does not consider herself an extraordinary athlete – just a very ordinary one but with the deep belief that if one is passionate enough about conquering a new challenge, it is always possible with a positive attitude, perseverance, confidence in one’s own abilities and the willingness and desire to learn something new.

Susan also truly enjoys meeting new people, cultivating relationships and connecting people together. She loves to inspire others and understands the importance of having a community to support other women like her who ascribes to the notion that knowledge is empowering and that there is no slowing down in life’s learning and achievements. Last but not least, one of Susan’s greatest joys is being a tiger mommy to her really cute and fearless beagle pup, Koa.

The Koa Club Advisory Board

The Koa Club is privileged to work with many women achievers who continue to inspire us with their passion, energy, wisdom and boldness. The Board’s expertise and dedication are critical to the success of The Koa Club’s mission. The Koa Club is indebted to these extraordinary women who sit on The Koa Club Advisory Board.

The birth of The Koa Club

The idea of The Koa Club came about one snowy winter day when Susan wondered where she could learn to put snow-chains on her car tires, and thought to herself: “Wouldn’t it be nice if I can go with my friends somewhere causal and not intimidating to learn how to put snow-chains on my car tires?”

The thought then quickly progressed to wanting to find a way to learn a myriad of other practical skills without having to join so many meetup groups for different pursuits, or spending time and effort to source places to learn these skills. So she started listing down all the hundreds of skills that she would love to acquire in a fun casual environment with other like-minded women, and realized that if no one else is offering this as a service, then The Koa Club must be created to fill this need.

Be Brave. Be Koa.

The Koa Club is an exclusive hangout for achieving women. We get fired up about what we love and we want to be invigorated to attain our goals. Join us!