Susan Haseley Managing Director, Protiviti
Susan Haseley, Managing Director and the Global Industry Leader for Protiviti’s Healthcare and Life Sciences practice, has had a very successful career by any measure. She credits that success, in part, to some pretty good advice she’s gotten along the way.
“My mother told me: ‘Do what you love and love what you do’ and, ‘In whatever you do—be true to yourself!’ Meanwhile, her father told her: ‘You can achieve whatever you set out to do—you just need to believe in yourself.’
That’s sage advice that’s served her well throughout her 30-year career. Haseley also serves as the Dallas Office Market Leader and as the firm-wide leader of Protiviti’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative. Haseley has three decades of experience in providing risk and technology consulting and internal audit services. Prior to joining Protiviti, she spent seven years with Arthur Andersen as a partner in its Risk Consulting practice, responsible for directing technology risk consulting and outsourced internal audit services.
And the advice she’d give a fellow female consultant just beginning her career? “Approach each day with a positive attitude, jump in headfirst, be flexible and keep an open mind…” And she’s followed that advice, as well.
“Consulting provided the opportunity to continue to learn, work with different types of companies, and solve challenging and complex problems,” Haseley says. “But, the most surprising and positive difference for me was the number of high performing and dynamic people that I work alongside in consulting. They are always pushing me to do my very best. I took the leap into consulting twenty-one years ago, and I immediately loved it and have never looked back.”
Haseley started with Protiviti in 2002 after she had just lost her job as a Partner at Arthur Andersen when the firm went out of business. And, she was three months pregnant. Her mentor convinced her to come to Protiviti.
“While starting a business was very difficult, the firm was very supportive of me,” Haseley says. “As a new start-up company, we didn’t have many programs for working mothers, so we figured it out. This was a very important time in my life, and I felt supported by the leaders of Protiviti. This is something that I will never forget.”
Haseley says she has always had a passion for mentoring and in 2010, Joe Tarantino, Protiviti’s CEO, asked her to lead the firm’s Women’s Initiative, which quickly became Protiviti’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.
“Our Diversity and Inclusion Initiative has come a long way since 2010,” Haseley says. “We have a network of more than 30 diversity and inclusion champions across the firm. I not only wanted to be a great consultant, I wanted to make a difference.”
Consulting: What does winning the Women Leaders in Consulting award mean to you?
Haseley: “It’s an honor to be recognized with this award. I have always challenged myself to do the best that I can do. Consulting can be a difficult career choice and specifically difficult for women who want to be successful while balancing career and family life. I have found that balance – sometimes the scale tips one way and sometimes the other. This recognition inspires me to work to implement programs and mentor women in our organization so that they can achieve their goals as women leaders.”