THP Founder Susan Olesek

“We cannot change what we cannot see. We must be willing to take a look at what is actually going on. On the inside. On the inside of jails and prisons. On the inside of family systems. And inside of ourselves.”


Susan Olesek is the founder and practical visionary behind The Human Potentialists. An unapologetic idealist in passionate pursuit of what is possible for people, she works to bridge the human experience in support of reconnecting each of us to our divine wholeness, as well as our shared humanity.

Susan’s unique and compelling application of the Enneagram is inspired by her work with thousands of people in both physical prisons and our self-made ones. She knows that the Enneagram was always meant for everyone, and she is working to democratize it for the greatest human good.
In 2012, Susan founded Enneagram Prison Project (EPP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the self-awareness education of those imprisoned, now scaling around the globe. She brings her conviction that there is something inherently “good” in people to anyone in her presence.
Susan lives in the Santa Cruz mountains of California with her husband who is EPP’s Executive Director, along with their three children, 18 chickens, 3 cats, and their dog.
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