Susan Nero, PhD

Chair MA in Organizational Management and Core Faculty


Susan Nero received her PhD in Human Systems Development from the Graduate School of Management at the University of California Los Angeles. Her doctoral dissertation was a study of how young women MBAs made decisions about having both careers and children.

Nero began her study of organizations when she worked at the University of Wisconsin, documenting relationships between the historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and mainstream colleges and universities. Later she was part of a team that researched the introduction of the experimental Women’s Health Care Practitioner role into the work structure of the Women’s Clinic at Harbor General Hospital.

From work as a researcher, she transitioned into the role of practitioner, first as a consultant at Hughes Aircraft, doing management development training. She was the first woman to be hired at Hughes in that capacity. Since then she has worked with scores of organizations in many sectors, including technology, banking, higher education, health care, government, retail, and consumer goods. Her focus has been on the creative integration of individuals and systems. Much of her practice has been helping managers exercise more interpersonal courage and competence in their jobs as well as in the larger organization. She has a special interest in the non profit world and has consulted and volunteered with small and large not for profits, including environmental, educational, social advocacy, and health care organizations.

Nero began teaching at Antioch University in 1980 and has chaired the Graduate Management program intermittently since 1985. She is a professional member of the National Training Laboratories (NTL) and a trained mediator.

“Job seekers who want to strengthen their resume should look into doing volunteer work and getting involved in their communities. If someone is unemployed, volunteering keeps skills relevant and fresh. For people who are unemployed or employed, volunteer work on their resume can help them to appear more competent and it communicates their leadership potential.”