Susan Weinberg

Director of Rights & Permissions


What is your role and function at WPS?

As Rights & Permissions Director at WPS, it’s my privilege and pleasure to assist WPS customers with what we call “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’ve long been passionate about international development for WPS. As a youth, I dreamed of working at the United Nations—making some kind of impact helping humankind to communicate and collaborate together. Although I didn’t make it to the UN, I’ve helped WPS to develop a network of dozens of international publishing partners, and in the process, have worked with scientists and editors from six out of seven continents. In addition to my passion for things international, I’m a cheerleader for open communication loops; for nurturing individuality, creativity, and kindness in the workplace; for crafting and offering agreements that make sense for all parties involved; and for developing policies and practices designed to serve the greater good, 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, it’s hard to pick one. Technology has transformed the mechanics of everyone’s workdays, we’ve moved from the Westside of Los Angeles to its South Bay, and we’ve doubled in workforce. But a huge appreciation of my tenure here is the One Big Thing that hasn’t changed, a tenet to which WPS has remained steadfast and true: we scientifically develop and professionally publish high quality materials that support and enhance the work of helping professionals to the ultimate 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, 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 LA.”


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’s your personal connection to the WPS mission?

My dad grew up in poverty with an emotionally and physically abusive father—yet instead of becoming an abuser himself, he completely broke the generational cycle of violence when he married my mom and raised me and my siblings. In large part because of him, I have a huge appreciation for the courage and discipline it takes for people with disadvantaged childhoods to rise up, to be kind and positively contribute, and to keep striving to thrive. It is profoundly personal and motivating for me to develop a greater understanding of the power of resilience and to support, as I can, the scientists who daily engage in directly helping others to face their own particular challenges. 


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’s something you’re 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 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?

What’s most important to me—more valuable than any certificate, degree, or award—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?

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