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Susan Cooney

Global D&I lead, Symantec

Susan Cooney leads global diversity, equity and inclusion at Symantec. In this role, she sets corporate inclusion strategy and drives organisational change, policy and inclusive leadership development across the Symantec family of brands, including Norton and LifeLock Digital Safety Platform.

Prior to this role, Susan served as an executive leadership coach and growth strategist partnering with start-ups, growth-stage companies and Fortune 500 organisations to navigate change. She has served as an adviser and consultant for Tech Inclusion and Breaking Glass Forums, both global leaders in their focus on inclusion across the tech ecosystem.

Previously, Susan served as co-founder and vice-president of marketing for PlumChoice, a remote services provider helping to grow the company from its infancy. A serial entrepreneur, she has been on the founding team of nine start-ups, six with successful exits, including PayPal and LinkExchange. In addition to her extensive start-up experience, Susan is a business strategist, inclusion advocate and mentor.

Susan holds a BA from UC Santa Barbara, was a finalist in Fortune’s 2014 Brainstorm Tech Startup Idol competition and was featured in Tom Peters’ The Circle of Innovation, a book exploring innovative, talent-based enterprises.