About Leaders Training and Consulting works with organizations of all types and sizes to address their leadership challenges, at all levels. With proven leadership development methods, we know how to build leaders. Leadership is the key element to making a positive difference on business and sales results.
While our team remains independent, we work together under the About Leaders Consulting banner – and represent a collective that can draw upon a unique depth and breadth of experience. In short – About Leaders provides a unique value to clients across a broad array of industry, professional services, and academic institutions by providing a unique, competitive advantage for today’s challenging marketplace. Contact us today for a Free Consultation.
Dr. Mary Kay Whitaker
As lead strategist for About Leaders – Mary Kay leads the consulting division and also serves as a senior consultant – specializing in integrating merging cultures, conflict resolution, executive team development, and turning managers into leaders. Mary Kay has more than 25 years of experience working with executive teams, middle management, sales management, and front line employees. She has worked with thousands of people in hundreds of organizations such as Y-12 National Security Complex, Boeing, Mars Petcare, Future Foam, and GE. Mary Kay earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Management and Leadership, written and published numerous articles, and the book It All Starts WIth YOU available at Amazon.com.
Dr. Terrance Jackson
As managing Partner for WEpiphany, Terry brings 25 years of experience working with such clients as Norfolk Southern Corp, Exxon Mobil, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Searle Pharmaceuticals and Valassis Communications. Terry holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Change and is a visionary business professional whose mantra is "helping others improve their quality of life." He is also a certified Executive Coach, Business Coach, and Sales Trainer/Consultant with core competencies in: Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, and Sales Training. Terry has written articles for Chief Executive Magazine, American Express Open Forum and Bank of America Small Business forum. Terry is certified in the use and interpretation of Profiles International Assessment tools.
Dr. Kirk Hallowell
Kirk earned a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Developmental Psychology and Statistics from the University of Iowa and has published articles and presented nationally on learning evaluation, executive coaching, and return on investment in human capital. He was a full-time faculty member at Northern Illinois University, teaching psychology, statistics, and organizational development. Prior to joining About Leaders, Kirk lead an independent consulting practice that focused on talent development and executive leadership process design. He has provided individual feedback, assessment and coaching to over 2000 managers and executives, and is certified in the use of an integrated suite of competency-based planning and assessment tools related to leadership development, selection, and strategic planning. Kirk served as Director of Research for the Amoco Management Learning Center, where he led efforts to assess the impact of Amoco’s executive development program for the top 3600 business leaders. Kirks latest book, The Million Dollar Race is available in a bookstore near you.
Al’s goal is to help leaders learn how to develop trust-based organizational cultures that are free of fear and full of transparency. After years of testing and implementing organizational development techniques and leadership tools Al combined the most critical tools into a six step process that can help leaders lead sustainable teams. The 6 Steps to Sustainable Teams showcase the key elements leaders need to focus on in order to improve the quality level of their leadership. As Sr. Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning at Cornell University, Al has a proven record in the area of Strategic Communication Planning and has developed a strategic communication model that targets specific outcomes from identified priority audiences. Al assists corporations and academic units meet their leadership development needs while addressing critical organizational challenges; and, he can do it in Spanish and English.
Tim has spent more than 30 years developing and implementing corporate training programs and is a current member of American Society of Training and Development and the Sloan Consortium. As a consultant Tim focuses on business problem analysis and resolution specializing in Professional Development, CRM, Sales, and Employee Motivation and Training. Tim has consulted with numerous large companies including: Sprint, Pace Bus, Chicago Library System, W.W. Granger, and Kraft Foods. Tim has authored three books, written numerous articles, and has created and delivered thousands of hours of training. Tim holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Services from Iowa State University and is currently working through the Organization & Management PhD program at Capella University.
Greg is president of Martin Leadership & Management Development. Over the last 26 years, Greg has worked for the government at both the federal and county level, and has held several leadership and managerial positions. He is well known for developing high performance teams, coaching employees toward success, and is recognized as a dedicated and accomplished leader. His most recent accomplishment is his retirement from the United States Army after serving 26 years on active and reserve duty. Greg is a veteran of the Gulf War and Iraqi Enduring Freedom. Greg graduated from Friends University, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Management and a Masters of Leadership and Management Degrees.
Chris Elliott has 20 years of experience in leading change both organizationally and individually. He has lead technology, structure and process change for companies with budgets ranging from $42 Million to $32 Thousand. He has lead these changes through a primary aspect of Servant Leadership he calls Authenticism. We have to be real as individuals to lead change in an organization. His new book ThoughtShredder is a personal development process to help individuals break down values and beliefs from childhood experiences to get to the root cause of what is holding them back. Based on a combination of Neuroplasticity research and his own experiences, Chris’ walks his audiences through stories and actions to identify the Authentic You.
David is a retired naval officer with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science, and lesser degrees in Accounting and Business Management. Following retirement from the Navy, he instructed and managed the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Program teaching a variety of subjects matter including leadership and career planning as well as coaching competitive teams to local, state and national recognitions. David’s company, Vanguard Organizational Leadership, conducts leadership seminars on Servant Leadership, teambuilding, visionary planning, mentoring and other organizational development subjects. The primary goal of David’s training is "Developing Great Leaders Who Develop Great Leaders."