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  • Expert Interview – Suzanne Peck

    April 10, 2014

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    This month, we had the opportunity to speak with Suzanne Peck to discuss bullying prevention and learn more about her Stand Tall program that is being used in schools to teach respect and empower students. In our interview she discusses obstacles to kids telling adults when they are bullied, what schools are doing right regarding bullying prevention and what school staff and parents should know about legal responsibilities and liabilities for bullying and harassment. Click here for more information about the Stand Tall teacher’s manual or video preview.

    Suzanne W. Peck, educator, author, filmmaker and consultant, designs and leads training programs for culturally diverse audiences of all ages. After public school teaching assignments in Chicago, Illinois and Lexington, Massachusetts, Suzanne began leading teacher training programs with Interaction Associates in San Francisco, California and teaching courses in Education and Communication Studies at Dominican University in San Rafael, California.

    Teacher training programs led to corporate training programs, and Suzanne joined Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), a management consulting firm with 14,000 consultants in 80 offices around the world. Suzanne founded and led the firm’s training practice, with a technical focus on equal employment opportunity, diversity and harassment. Suzanne became a partner in the firm and led the Human Resources and Communication line of business.

    Suzanne has worked with Fortune 500 companies to manage diversity and change for more than 30 years. At organizations from Disney to McDonald’s to University of Chicago Hospitals to GE, she has partnered with executives to develop educational programs and facilitate team approaches both nationally and internationally.

    In addition to consulting, Suzanne has taught diversity within Northwestern University’s Media Management Center, an executive education program led by faculty of the Kellogg School of Management and the Medill School of Journalism. A sought-after public speaker and trainer, she has won many awards for creative excellence in communication, film and training programs, including the Association of Educational Publishers, the U.S. Industrial Film & Video Festival, the International Association of Business Communicators, and the Human Resources Management Association.

    Suzanne is the author and filmmaker of STAND TALL: Lessons That Teach Respect and Prevent Bullying. Suzanne co-authored RUFF: A Lost Dog Tale, 5 Great Strategies to Manage Change at Work and Beyond (with Penelope Wong). She participated in the development of I’m In Charge, a consumer assertiveness education program used by more than a million employees in 400 companies; Expect the Best, a film starring Phylicia and Ahmad Rashad; How to Make Meetings Work, now in its 9th printing; Boomerang: A Management Training Program in Equal Employment Opportunity, used by half of the Fortune 500; and The Color of Leadership, Northwestern University’s Media Management Center.

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