About Santa Rosa Principal HR Consultant Susan Daniel
Background in Law and Human Relations
Susan has over thirty years of combined experience as a Human Resource executive and employment attorney. Although she has expertise in all aspects of human resources, she has devoted much of her career to developing organizational cultures that support employee retention and enhance business goals within a sound legal framework.
She has conducted and/or supervised hundreds of investigations as both an in-house investigator and an outside consultant, written numerous policies and practices manuals, mediated disputes and conducted a wide variety of seminars including sexual harassment training and managing within the law.
Experience with Fortune 500 Companies
Susan was Vice President of Human Resources at Informix Software, where she revitalized the Human Resource function. Prior to Informix, Susan was Vice President of Human Resource Operations at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).
Her responsibilities included directing the activity of generalists worldwide, employee relations (including investigations and mediations), employment, and health, safety and security.
She developed AMD’s policies and procedures and played a critical role in AMD’s acquisitions of both large and small companies. During her first seven years with AMD, Susan also served as the company’s employment counsel.
Before joining AMD, she was head Employment Counsel at Bank of America and an Associate Attorney at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen (now part of Morgan Lewis).
Education and Public Speaking
Susan is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Santa Clara, School of Law, where she was Editor in Chief of the Law Review. In addition to her Juris Doctor, Susan has a Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College, New York.
She was an adjunct lecturer in Employment Discrimination Law at Santa Clara Law School for five years and presently teaches Employment Law at Empire Law School in Santa Rosa, California. She is a Senior Fellow of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum and a graduate of Leadership Santa Rosa.
A frequent lecturer on human resource and employment issues, Susan is the author of “Employee Relations Guide.” Unjust Dismissal, Matthew Bender (1993). She has served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors.