Susana Escalante

Susana Escalante

Diversity Trainer and Consultant

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Longmont, Colorado

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Susana Escalante, MA, ABD, 

draws upon 20 years of experience as a Senior Human Resources Manager with emphasis in strategic diversity initiatives, diversity education, workplace harassment, and employee relations. She has worked as Senior HR Manager for the City of Boulder, Hewlett-Packard, StorageTek, and Network Centric Systems with a focus on inclusion management. She is currently the Corporate Diversity Manager for Seagate. Susana has extensive experience helping organizations design and implement their inclusion/diversity programs and strategies. She currently works with seven employee Diversity Action Councils that she helped create and manage and two executive level Diversity Councils. She has over 10 years experience working with teams, ensuring high team performance.

 

 

In her role at Seagate, Susana has helped drive the US-wide diversity/inclusion strategy, create and oversee US diversity councils, promote diversity education, assess diversity employee index results, respond to employee relations issues, support diversity recruitment and retention, partner with key community organizations, establish program metrics/accountability, and more.

At StorageTek, Susana's responsibilities included overseeing the company's worldwide Global Diversity Strategy and implementation including:

  • Leading the Corporate Executive Diversity Council
  • Managing the Affirmative Action Program (13 US Plans) which included responding to any OFCCP audits and overseeing sexual and workplace harassment investigations
  • Designing and implementing the company's Diversity Education Program

StorageTek received the INROADS Trailblazer Award and Seagate was named one of the top 50 companies for Diversity in the US (2001 and 2002), DiversityInc publication.

Prior to these roles, Susana worked as Regional Diversity Coordinator at Hewlett-Packard in Fort Collins, Colorado. She also worked for the City of Boulder, Colorado, for more than ten years as Affirmative Action and Diversity Officer. In addition to duties that were similar to those described above, she was responsible for assisting with staffing and employee relations including mediation and conflict resolution and supported Police and Fire selection and promotional processes.

Susana has been a consultant and trainer for more than 20 years, specializing in HR topics such as:

  • Development of diversity programs and initiatives
  • Executive and Manager, Diversity Coaching
  • Diversity education topics; e.g., managing diversity, diversity/inclusion at work, gender communication, disability, generational differences, cross-cultural understanding, one-global village and more
  • Workplace and sexual harassment, Affirmative Action, EEO, diversity recruitment, complaint investigations
  • Workplace communication and conflict resolution

Susana's clients have included: AVAYA, AT&T; IBM, Lucent; Hughes Corporation, INTRADO; USDA-Forest Service; US Department of Commerce; Bureau of Land Management; National Park Service; NIST; and EPA; as well as numerous cities, counties, and municipalities; e.g., City of Denver (including the City of Denver Fire Department and Denver Water Department), Boulder, Fort Collins, Longmont, Montrose, and Thornton, Colorado; Federal agencies such as the Bureau of Reclamation and United States Environmental Protection Agency; Children's Hospital; Kindred Atlanta Hospital; and more.

Susana is an engaging trainer and her programs consistently receive high ratings. She has excellent understanding of government, nonprofit, and corporate cultures.

Susana has won the following awards: 1997 recipient of the Boulder County award for her work in diversity and business, the Adelante Mujer State Award (1998) for community involvement and the 1999 Award presented by Career Communications (Black and Hispanic Engineer Publication) for her work in Diversity/Affirmative Action.


 

Areas of Expertise
  • Diversity
  • Gender communication
  • Disability
  • Workplace and sexual harassment
  • Affirmative action
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
  • Complaint investigations
Programs
  • Federal EEO Complaint Systems
  • Disability: Awareness, Accomodation, and Fair Employment Practices
  • Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Employment Programs for Managers and Supervisors
  • Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Employment Programs for Employees
  • Employer/Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Sexual Conduct in the Workplace
  • Acquiring and Managing a Diverse Workforce
  • Diversity and Communication Series
  • Diversity Team Work Session
  • Recruiting and Retaining a Multi-Cultural Workforce
  • Respect and Inclusion in the Workplace (for Supervisors
  • Substance Abuse Training
  • Interview and Selection Process Skills
  • Advanced Interviewing Techniques
  • Men and Women Working Together
  • Clearing the Air: Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Accolades

  • Boulder County Multicultural Award for her work in business
  • Adelante Mujer Award
  • Diversity Centurian Award