Dr. Salgado is a Fellow at the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. Her research focuses on culture, language and behaviour and the impact of each upon corporate culture and policies. 

In 2017 she returned to Roanoke Research Center where the focus is uncovering and redefining the financial benefits of gender equity and diversity. She coaches and guides organizations’ executives who realize that gender balance and diversity are the present and will be part of the organizational strategy for success in the future. 

In 2018, Pat published in two online publications the results of her research examining attitudes of male software engineers in the computer industry. Men’s attitudes in tech  and  We must reframe diversity

In 2019, she continues to coach and guide corporations and non-profit organizations as they align and expand their culture to meet the demands of a rapidly changing and diverse world.


She holds a Bachelor of Science in Music (Voice) from Greensboro College (Greensboro), a Master of Arts (Choral Conducting) from California State University (San Jose), a Master of Human Development and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development (Leadership) from Fielding Graduate University (Santa Barbara)

On the music faculty of College of Notre Dame, now Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, California, she taught all choirs, remedial music theory and choral conducting to undergraduate and graduate students for a decade starting in 1979.

Patricia joined Tandem Computers in Silicon Valley as an instructor and later as the manager for a global training program for senior technical analysts. In 1993, she was selected for an internship in communications taught through Stanford University’s School of Business. In 1995, she participated on a Ford Foundation study examining reported sexual harassment cases at Tandem Computers.

In 1998, Dr. Salgado became the first female CEO of the Roanoke Island Historical Association – the largest and oldest outdoor non-profit theater in the United States with a cast and staff of 110 persons. For “The Lost Colony”, she was the spokesperson to the state and national media.

In 2002, she, with a colleague founded Roanoke Research Center. Clients included Apple Computers, Compaq, Verity, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, North Carolina Equity for Women and Santa Barbara’s Women’s Economic Ventures.

In 2005, she moved to Sydney, Australia to be with her family – primarily her grandson, Noah—and she established A minor production, a tourism and destination enterprise. She wrote and published multiple books, guides and websites while leading a team of print designers, graphics artists, photographers and web developers. 

In 2005, she presented to the Australian Quality Conference, Qualcon, Divine Intervention – a Study of NASA’s Engineer Culture. Her paper was selected as the Outstanding Paper of the conference.

In 2017, she presented her paper, The Enigma of Unconscious Bias: an exploration, to a Fielding Graduate University conference dedicated to defining social justice. 

Later in 2017, as a Fielding Graduate University Fellow, she designed and conducted a pilot study interviewing male software engineers in the computer industry on the topic of diversity.

In 2018, she published the themes uncovered in the pilot study in ‘The Conversation’ and in the online newsletter of the American Productivity & Quality Center. 

Continuing her curiosity and scholarly interest in culture and behaviour, her articles include: (2018) (2018),   (2017) The Enigma of Unconscious Bias: an exploration. (2014) A New Incivility – a Semiotic Commentary, (2008) and (2005) Divine Intervention – a Study of NASA’s Engineer Culture. – (252)661-9242