Background Expertise
  • Labor and employment law
  • Private and public sector
  • Union and non-union environments
  • Domestic and international
  • Chief Labor Negotiator for American Airlines
  • HR corporate officer for industry sector leaders
  • Retail and Aviation
  • Corporate and Field Operations
  • HR Generalist and Specialist
  • Board of Director Committee Support
  • Salaried and Hourly Workforces
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Executive Coaching
  • Positive Employee Relations
  • Worked in small, medium and large organizational settings

Recognition & Awards
  • Member, Cambridge Who's Who
  • Member of the Colorado Bar
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • Co-author, Cleared For Takeoff, Airline Labor Relations Since Deregulation, Part.7, Alcohol and Drugs in Airline Operations, "Rehabilitation and Discipline: An Industry View.," published 1988, ILR Press, Cornell University
  • Distinguished Business Woman of the Year, awarded by the YWCA, New York City, NY
  • Member of Women in Public Policy

Sue Oliver


Human Resource Leader and Business Consultant

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As President and Founder of Katana Partners, Sue Oliver unlocks the hidden value of employee performance through employee engagement. She partners and coaches with senior leaders, managers, teams and employees to increase employee engagement and individual, team and organization-wide performance.

Sue's expertise is in employee engagement, leader coaching, organizational performance, HR and labor. She has navigated companies through a myriad of employee issues affecting business performance during business turnarounds and in tough business environments. Sue is comfortable leading projects of any size, including transformation initiatives. She is a lawyer who puts her legal background and leadership skills to work on building and driving innovative solutions to complex issues affecting leader, team or organizational performance. Sue’s work experience has included the opportunity to work in both small and large organizational settings.

Prior to launching Katana Partners in early 2009, Sue held key executive positions with retail and aviation industry leaders, including former Senior Vice President, People for Wal-Mart Stores, U.S. and CHRO for American Airlines, Inc. Katana Partners is a 100% woman-owned business. These positions were carried out during extraordinary times in American business:

Sue faced the enormous challenges of these two world industry leaders straight on. Recognized as an energetic, creative and positive business leader, she is particularly accomplished in creating step change in levels of employee engagement and organizational performance.

Sue also held strategic positions with the following organizations:

  • City of Reno, Reno, Nevada
    Labor Relations Consultant and Advisor
  • Wien Airlines, Anchorage, Alaska
    Assistant Counsel
  • Kempell, Huffman and Ginder, Anchorage, Alaska
    Associate Attorney, Employment Law
  • Stettner, Miller and Cohn, Denver, Colorado
    Law Clerk and Associate Attorney, Employment Law

She received her B.A. from George Washington University and her law degree from the University of Denver School of Law.