About Us

Michael Wade
Prior to becoming a management consultant in 1984, Michael S. Wade served as the EEO Administrator for the City of Phoenix and as the Command Equal Opportunity Officer for the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command in Washington, DC. Michael holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law. He is also a graduate of the Ethics Corps Program of the Josephson Institute of Ethics in California and of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute in Florida. He is the author of five books: Leadership’s Adversary: Winning the War Between Leadership and Management; How to Make Presentations to Councils and Boards; All I Said Was: What Every Supervisor, Employee, and Team Should Know to Avoid Insults, Lawsuits, and the Six O’Clock News; EEO Management: How to Advance Equal Opportunity without Using Quotas or Singing Kumbaya; and The Bitter Issue: The Right to Work Law in Arizona.  He writes the popular leadership blog: Execupundit.com.  A popular instructor, Michael has trained executives and supervisors throughout the United States.

Lou Rodarte
Lou Rodarte brings extensive and diverse knowledge of Human Resources issues to client projects; insight accumulated from over 30 years in that field with Qwest Communications (formerly US West) and Verizon Wireless. During his “pre-consultant” career, Lou specialized in most HR disciplines, including EEO, Affirmative Action, Diversity, Staffing, Recruiting, Labor Relations, Safety, and Employee Relations. In his capacity at Qwest Communications he had direct responsibility for agency interaction with the EEOC, multiple state government EEO offices and the NLRB. In his staffing and recruiting positions he was responsible for creating and managing hiring Blitzes for large numbers of hires or difficult to find technical hires across 13 states. Lou also created specialized veteran hiring programs to hire veterans directly off military bases.  Given this background, it is not surprising that Lou is noted for his practical yet sensitive approach. He is effective at building trust with – and understanding the concerns of - all levels of the organization. Lou manages our Affirmative Action Plan preparation and compliance as well as related EEO and employee relations issues. Lou also coaches executives, managers, and employees on management issues.

Erica Johnson
Erica Johnson is an experienced and innovative information management professional who combines the technical eye of Steve Jobs with the sleuthing instincts of Sherlock Holmes. Erica’s ability to spot possible problems is a great benefit in the preparation of Affirmative Action Plans. She holds an M.A. in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona and Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Anthropology from Arizona State University. She is in the process of completing an M.B.A. with the University of Phoenix. Her professional experience includes electronic content management, training and consulting coordination, and project archivist work. She brings a passion for detail as well as keen insight to her projects.