Susan Weinberg

Rights & Permissions Manager

Rights & Permissions

What is your role and function at WPS? 

As WPS’ Rights & Permissions Manager, it’s my privilege and pleasure to assist WPS’s customers with what we think of as “special brews”: customized use of our proprietary materials in translation, adaptation, or some other reformatted manner (as distinct from the straightforward purchase and use of material shipped directly from the WPS warehouse).

What issues or needs are you an advocate for inside the company? 

I’m a longtime advocate of open communication loops; nurturing individuality, creativity, and kindness in the workplace; and developing policies and practices designed to serve the greater good of everyone involved, in all reasonably possible ways.

How long have you been at WPS?

Incredibly (for me, anyway) I’ve been with WPS since 1986! So many things have changed in that time, but part of what’s kept me working here is one big thing that hasn’t changed: the importance of producing quality materials that support and enhance the work of helping professionals, to the betterment of the families and communities they serve.

Where are you from? Where did you grow up?

I’m a former Air Force “brat” who moved around a lot as a child (e.g., I had the “new kid” experience in four different schools by the time I’d finished first grade). In 1980, fresh out of the University of California at Davis, I had the good sense to choose Los Angeles as the place to launch my adult life. Like Randy Newman famously sang, “I LOVE L.A.”

Three personal things about you people probably wouldn't know:

When I targeted a career in publishing, I chose employment by Ira Manson (the current WPS president’s late father) over working for Larry Flynt; my 1984 wedding in Spain was officiated by an American rabbi who flew in from Greece; and I favor Captain Picard over Captain Kirk.

What's a big obstacle you've had to overcome in your life or career?

The biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome in my life is nothing I want to recount here, except to say that living through it helped me to nurture some of the most rewarding sets of relationships I could hope to imagine.

What is your personal connection to the WPS mission?

Though my dad grew up with an emotionally and physically abusive father, he broke the generational cycle of violence when he married my mom and raised me and my siblings. Understanding and harnessing the power of resilience—of the courage of an injured soul to rise and thrive—is something profoundly personal and motivating for me.

What is your educational background?

Though I’m a product of the University of California (Davis), I have never let my schooling interfere with my education (thank you, Sam Clemens!) and regard myself as a perpetual student in the school of life.

What is something you are currently studying or learning?

I really enjoy learning about various energy medicine practices—including tapping, reflexology, sound healing, Reiki and others—and look forward to the day when mainstream science catches up to studying and measuring the efficacy of such modalities.

What do you enjoy most about working at WPS?

I love my team and my coworkers, and we make great products.

What did you used to do before WPS?

After arriving in Los Angeles 30+ years ago, I took a spin in the corporate world, earning multiple promotions over a few years while working for a food and wine importer/exporter. That taste of corporate life directly led me to choosing the family-owned, family-run, and family-oriented environment that WPS provides.

Anything else about your background you want to share?

More valuable than any certificate, degree, or award, what’s most important to me is that each day, after I leave work, I get to return home to a comfortable abode where I’m loved beyond measure by my husband, our daughter, and our menagerie of animals.

Where can we contact you?

You can email me here