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Jennifer Kahnweiler

The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength

Dr. Jennifer Kahnweiler
John Bahcall Auditorium
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
May 24, 2011

All organizations are made up of introverts and extroverts. In many of these companies, introverts often feel excluded, overlooked and misunderstood. On the other hand, extroverts can get confused and frustrated in trying to communicate with their quieter colleagues.

Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D. is an International Speaker, Executive Coach and Author who specializes in developing and coaching introverted leaders. Her book, The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength (Berrett-Koehler, 2009) was named a top 20 leadership book on Amazon, a “Staff Pick” by CIO Magazine and a “Recent Standout” by Training and Development Magazine.

Dr. Kossek's research involves managing organizational change on workplace flexibility and the employment relationship, international human resources management, workplace inclusion, gender, and diversity. She has published widely in referred journals on these topics, and won many awards including the Academy of Management Division’s Gender and Diversity in Organization’s Sage Scholarly Achievement award recognizing an accumulated body of research that significantly advances understanding of gender and diversity in organizations.

In her enlightening and entertaining speech, Dr. Kahweiler, a champion for introverts, draws upon stories and research from her new book, The Introverted Leader. She shows introverts how to build on their quiet strength to work with, not against, who they are. They learn tools to overcome the four key challenges that introverted leaders frequently face. She also helps the extroverts in the room better understand introverts, resulting in stronger and more effective teams.

Jennifer has been an entrepreneur and internal consultant to organizations such as GE, AT&T, Turner Broadcasting, and The Department of Homeland Security. Her most fun gig has been as a featured work-life expert on the TBS show, Movie and a Makeover and she is very proud of earning the highest honor from the National Career Development Association.

She has also been a workplace advice columnist for AARP, SHRM and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and she is a frequent media source. Jennifer has also presented seminars in Japan and Great Britain and is being featured in a documentary on Korean T.V.

Active in professional and community groups, Dr. Kahnweiler serves on the boards of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Workplace Learning Society and the BK Author’s Co-op. She recently held board positions on the National Speakers Association of Georgia, The National Career Development Association and The Georgia Executive Women’s Network.