Susan Haseley, Protiviti’s newest addition to the Executive Team, partnered with San Francisco Managing Director Susan Alexander during a recent visit to San Francisco for a day-long event focusing on the unique challenges faced by women in today’s workforce.
The day kicked off with an informal Q&A with Susan Haseley moderated by Susan Alexander:
Susan A.: What are your work and personal goals for 2017? How do you go about deciding what to focus on?
Susan H.: I get bored easily so I enjoy the variety of work and challenges that the consulting profession offers. It’s also tough because there is so much going on. It’s definitely a challenge. But family always comes first. I make it a priority to always be home for dinner with my family. I also include my 14-year old daughter in office activities – everyone in Dallas knows her; she’s been to multiple office activities, so she sees the energy of the office and it helps her understand why her mom works so hard – because she loves what she does.
Susan A.: I’d like to ask about your role as the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) initiative lead. Can you tell us about that initiative, your role, and what it means for us here today?
Susan H.: The role began with a focus on women’s initiatives and grew into the much bigger Diversity & Inclusion initiative. It was a lot to take on, and daunting on first. In fact, I didn’t think I could take on championing what was initially just the women’s initiative because I was so busy. But I’m glad I did and glad it evolved into the bigger D&I role it is today. I am pleased at the support for D&I at the Executive Team level – that’s always been important at the highest levels of Protiviti, and that means a lot to me.
Susan A.: What are you seeing in your D&I lead role in other markets that you’d like to share with us here? Anything we can be doing too?
Susan H.: It’s important for each office to put their unique footprint on D&I and not be too prescriptive.
Later in the day, the group reconvened across town for a Women in Leadership Panel for a more formal discussion on gender equality in the workplace, the keys to professional success and achieving work-life balance.
In addition to Susan Haseley and Susan Alexander, the panel included Kim Bolling, Vice President of Internal Audit at Salesforce; Tiffany Gantus, Vice President of Internal Audit, Loss Prevention & Compliance Restoration at Restoration Hardware; and our very own Protiviti alumna Rachel Bell, Vice President & Controller at Virgin America.
Some highlights from the panel included:
After the panel wrapped up, the group enjoyed some free time to network and talk through the points of the day.