Meet Our Founder

Eliza Wagner Sulis, Ed.M., is an executive functioning coach and educational consultant.

Founder and director of Empowering Scholars, Eliza runs professional development programs for companies, nonprofits, and schools, and she provides 1-1 productivity coaching and executive skills training.

Driven by her passion for education and her desire to make a meaningful impact, Eliza founded Empowering Scholars in 2014. Eliza leads the consulting team in providing productivity and organizational coaching to empower individuals and companies to maximize their potential. 


Our Team

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Kaitlyn Landi

Katie is a highly skilled educator with eighteen years of teaching experience.

Katie is an expert in teaching, motivating, and directing students. She scaffolds instruction to meet the learning needs of all students while maintaining high interest and achievement. Her strength in building positive relationships enables Katie to interact effectively with diverse populations of students at a variety of academic levels. Katie taught in Boston Public Schools from 2001-2014, providing specialized math and english support for middle school students. She has also tutored students in science and social studies and has worked with students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Katie received her masters degree in special education in 2007, and she holds her Massachusetts teacher certification in fifth through twelfth grade special education. She is also a board certified behavior analyst, is Orton Gillingham certified, and is trained in Project Read for written expression and phonics.

Gina Bennette

Gina has more than 20 years of teaching experience working with students of all levels, from pre-K to adults.

Gina is an expert in working with students who are struggling in their studies and life management due to a variety of neuro-divergent considerations. Her strength in empathizing makes her skilled at helping students get to know themselves and how their brains work. This understanding allows them to overcome habits and negative thinking that have become entrenched over time. Prior to moving to the Boston area, Gina founded and ran her own school for neuro-divergent thinkers in grades PK – 8th grade in Leander, TX.  Realizing this work as her true calling, Gina received her Master’s in  Education in 2018, and she currently teaches math and science to 4th – 8th grade students, in addition to supporting Empowering Scholars’ students and families.

Kevin O’Brien

Kevin has been an educator for more than eight years and taught in schools in both the United States and Spain before joining Empowering Scholars in 2022.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in History from Western New England University, Kevin lived in Spain where he taught English and History. He then went back to school and earned his master’s degree in Secondary Education from Lesley University. Kevin is currently a special education teacher in the Boston Public Schools and has taught in a multitude of school settings, both private and public, in Boston, Newton, and Lexington. Kevin has a passion for learning and believes that with the right approach and support, every student can grow their skills and their confidence. Outside of school, Kevin likes to learn languages, swim, hike, and spend time with his family.


“Finding teacher and tutor Eliza Sulis was a huge blessing for our library. The Study Skills Workshop series was a great asset to our teens, and parents expressed huge excitement and gratitude over having these workshops for their children. Our first Study Skills Workshop focused on Homework and Organization and the second focused on Technology. Each workshop had a huge interest level from parents and students. The first one was quickly booked up and had a large wait list and the second one filled up fast as well. Due to such high demand, I made sure to book a third workshop, which also had good attendance. I highly recommend these workshops to other libraries and hope I get to utilize Eliza’s services again in the near future.”

–Amy Rosa, Librarian, Old Colony Library Network

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