Susan X Jane is the Principle of Navigators Consulting. Susan is a skilled facilitator, trainer and coach, with experience in organizational development and strategic planning. She has over 25 years of experience working in mission-focused organizations, supporting communities to create change and training leaders ready to take on the challenge of our times.
Susan began her work pursuing social justice with youth in the juvenile justice system and marginalized communities, engaging in community organizing programs and leadership training for young activists. Her work in the non-profit sector focused on race and gender equity in community of color, particularly in using media as a tool of empowerment. Her advocacy for racial justice in the media literacy movement led her to teaching Wheelock College, where Susan was the founding director of the Communications and Media Literacy BA program, teaching Media Studies, Sociology and Organizational Development.
Susan started Navigators Consulting to continue her work partnering with educators, community leaders, and those who help others to better understand the realities of race in American and what is needed to move beyond the buzzwords to build sustainable communities of belonging. Her approach integrates work exploring the very personal nature of identity with the structural realities of organizations and communities. She encourages clients to map out their own unique pathway to creating healthy culture, and works with them to expand diversity beyond HR into every aspect of organization.
Always down for a good debate, Susan writes and talks about media, race and culture at smntks.com and for publications including Glamour, WBUR and The Christian Science Monitor.