Building Skills on Top of Strengths

Uploaded: 9/8/2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010 2:00pm – Book Signing, MacAlister Patio (Corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA) 6:00pm-9:00pm – Leadership Lecture, Book Signing, and Networking Reception (6:00pm – Lecture; 7:30pm – Book Signing and Networking Reception - Food Provided) Mitchell Auditorium, Edmund D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center (3128 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA) Drexel students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders are invited to attend a leadership lecture by Jane Creswell, author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Coaching for Excellence, and a book-signing / “meet and greet” networking reception hosted by the Office of Campus Activities and the LeBow College of Business. A book signing will be held on Thursday at 2pm on the MacAlister Patio in front of the Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Jane will present a leadership lecture at 6pm in Mitchell Auditorium in the Bossone Center, with a book signing and networking reception to follow. This keynote address, entitled “Building Skills on Top of Strengths”, is one of the culminating events of Drexel’s Spring Leadership Weeks. Presenter Bio: Jane Creswell is an innovator and leader in the emerging field of internal corporate coaching. She leveraged 17 years of product development and management experience at IBM to invent the role of “Organization Coach” and become the founder of IBM Coaches Network. At IBM, she focused her organization on achieving extraordinary results by individual coaching of the leaders at all levels of the organization. Currently, Ms. Creswell is utilizing those experiences to help corporations worldwide wanting to establish a long-term, self-sustaining system of internal coaching and reap the benefits of a coaching culture. Her focus is on helping leaders make the high impact transition from merely influencing others to developing excellent leaders who develop excellent leaders. Her work can be characterized as maximizing the strengths and knowledge of individuals for the benefit of both the person and the organization. She has worked with executives and head coaches in several corporations including: SAS Institute, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, Northrop Grumman, Cisco Systems, Oracle, and IBM. In 2009, she was the managing director for Purdue University’s Organizational Leadership Development Lab. Ms. Creswell enjoys speaking at conferences to inspire other corporate coaches and corporate employees. Multiple articles have been published about her internal coaching work. Recent ones include: HR Magazine, June 2000, “Scoring Big in the Workplace – Corporate coaches help managers produce the right plays on the job”, by Kathryn Tyler; Strategy & Leadership Magazine, August 2000, “Executive Leader Coaching as a Strategic Activity”, by Lee Smith and Jeannine Sandstrom; TIME Magazine, 25 Sept 2000, “Play of the Day”, by Francine Russo. Ms. Creswell has also appeared as a guest on National Public Radio’s “The Diane Rehm Show”. *This CEO Leadership Program is sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities and the LeBow College of Business.