Who We Are

The Meaning Behind Our Name

“The name Orrana Group didn’t come easy for us. We wanted meaning behind both our name and our mission. Orrana is a variation of the Aboriginal word Orana, which is defined as ‘welcome.’  Here at Orrana, our name symbolizes the expansiveness of helping others, the impact of meaningful collaboration, and the joy of welcoming new relationships.”

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Suzanne Duret – Founder & CEO

Suzanne has tackled all facets of starting and growing businesses, wearing every hat from idea generator to CEO. This unique expertise brings the skills to work inside any size and type of business with an understanding that academics doesn’t offer. She has extensive experience in nurturing human capital, business development, innovation, creating communication cultures, and rapid problem-solving.

While working with clients, Suzanne sees consistent issues throughout companies of every size. Some include a lack of communication activities to uncover opportunities and potentially damaging issues, no effective process to rapidly solve known problems, and cultures that don’t foster open communication and entrepreneurial mindsets.

In 2008, Suzanne developed the Synergy Conversation methodologies and has passionately helped clients advance with these and other innovative solutions, including her Strategic Confidence training. She has played a role in the success of countless startups, small businesses, and corporations, including projects for Walgreens and The Four Seasons.

“Every problem has a solution
when you know how to ask the right questions.”

Going back in time, Suzanne co-founded a medical device company. Using her communication and strategy skills, she negotiated a manufacturing contract for an initial inventory of devices with no upfront money. She then negotiated multiple signed contracts, within only 10 days, for nationwide sales and distribution coverage. Just a short 21 months later that business was successfully sold to Ballard Medical Products (later acquired by Kimberly-Clark).

As a side note, in the mid-90s Suzanne wrote and self-published Inventing for Wealth, with a Foreword by world-renowned businessman Tony Robbins. She also appeared in Tony’s “Personal Power” television program for her success story.

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Liat Zohar – Collaborative Partner

Liat is a keynote speaker, body language expert, and advanced empowerment and leadership trainer. She works with corporations, universities, and individuals; clients have included Lockheed Martin, Hyatt, Precision, Arizona State University, Colgate University, and San Jose University, to name a few.

For over twenty years Liat has helped employees, students, and individual clients through interactive workshops and coaching. Clients learn to expand communication and leadership skills, navigate past challenges and experiences, increase motivation, enhance creativity, and positively change how they relate to themselves and others.

“Everything is meaningless
except for the meaning we give it.”

Liat is the creator of a body language card kit and a body language phone app for fast learning and quick reference. Upon hearing of her BA in Psychology and Child Development from SJSU, she was hired by Bay Area Project P.R.I.D.E. (Prevention, Resource, Information, and Drug Education) to create interactive workshops for teens at risk. She also received her Empowerment and Leadership Coaching certification from IPEC (Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching).

In 2021 Liat made a permanent move, along with her husband and two dogs, from San Jose, California to Tampa, FL. The move was sparked by her long-time friendship and business relationship with Suzanne Duret, who first hired Liat in 2012 to participate as a speaker for her women’s event. Together they enjoy training clients on emotional well-being, workplace stress, perceptions and attitudes, leadership, body language and micro expressions, and confidence skills.

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Lisa Rothstein – Collaborative Partner

Lisa is the award-winning advertising agency creative director best known for the long-running Wait’ll We Get Our Hanes on You campaign that disrupted an industry category and transformed plain white underwear into America’s favorite casual fashion brand.

In her over two decades of agency experience that began on Madison Avenue and included 11 years in Paris, France, Lisa created and led national and international campaigns for IBM, Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, and many more.

A quick study in any industry category, Lisa specializes in “translating” innovation (including IT, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Agile, Design Thinking and other complex topics) into relatable human messages, and rapidly distilling a high volume of information down to its essence. Brands impacted include Intel, Chevrolet, Capital One Bank, Samsung Electronics, the RSA Cybersecurity Conference, and many more. She has also helped shape the messages of thought leaders such as Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki and Laurel Langemeier.

“We can only get somewhere
when we truly ‘get’ each other.”

As a brand strategist, visual facilitator and speaker/trainer, Lisa uses a combination of words and drawings, as well as brand storytelling frameworks, to help organizations see and talk about their customers, products, culture, and stories in ways that foster innovation, collaboration, creativity, and communication.

Lisa’s talks on Brand Storytelling and on Doodling for Communication have been featured at the Adobe 99U Conference, the Backend of Innovation Conference, and at Merck’s Product Manager Day. She is also a published New Yorker cartoonist, an award-winning screenwriter, and a featured author and illustrator in several best-selling books. A native New Yorker, Lisa is usually the fastest talker in any room.

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Gary Rennilson – Collaborative Partner

Gary attended one of the world’s first International World Wide Web Conferences. Since then he has spent a lifetime developing and implementing cutting edge IT platforms, software development, web-based and digital strategies for lead and sales conversion, complex online sales funnels, CRM management, growth tactics, and everything in-between.

Gary was responsible for designing and directing implementation of the first successful B2B e-commerce solution within the computer distribution industry. This was an e-commerce sales application for Intelligent Electronics (later acquired by Ingram Micro) that generated $2 million per day in sales via the Internet, at an 8x cost savings.

Utilizing his innovative mindset, Gary managed the design and deployment of a live e-commerce production environment for Celestial Seasonings tea manufacturer. He also worked with Boston Market to streamline their customer satisfaction processes.

“Behind every innovative success are conversations
with the right mix of people.”

Historic times… Gary had the thrill of working with Apple and Steve Jobs back when Steve still wore flip-flops to the office. In addition, he had the opportunity to work with Tim Cook before Tim became CEO of Apple. Gary was also heavily pursued by Microsoft but chose to stay with his kids instead of relocating away from them. (Fascinating back-story on Gary’s conversation with Bill Gates).

Throughout the years Gary has contributed to the success of countless companies. He’s deployed several successful e-commerce and software development engagements, including helping a start-up insurance company get their infrastructure implemented over the web.

Gary loves to find solutions for technical and logistical issues, online marketing efforts, new product offerings, and any challenge you can throw at him.