If you want to learn the secrets of being a great leader, ask Jill Geisler.
Jill holds the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago. For well over a decade, she guided the leadership and management programs of the Poynter Institute.
She has conducted specialized training and coaching programs for scores of organizations in the U.S. and abroad and is in demand as a speaker on leadership issues, ethics, change management and the status of women in leadership. She brings humor and humanity to her teaching and writing.
Jill writes a monthly column on management for the Columbia Journalism Review. She also produced a library of “What Great Bosses Know” columns for Poynter.org, offering practical, research-based advice to managers in all professions. Her companion “Great Bosses” podcasts on iTunesU have been downloaded millions of times.
Jill holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in Leadership Studies from Duquesne University. In 2012, she was invited to return to Duquesne to deliver the commencement speech for graduates of the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement.
In recognition of her lifetime contributions to journalism, the University of Wisconsin honored her with its “Distinguished Service to Journalism” award, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association named her to its Broadcast Hall of Fame, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences inducted her into its prestigious Silver Circle.
Jill brings a unique perspective to leadership, communication and teaching.She became one of the country’s first female TV news directors in the 1970's, at the tender age of 27. She built an award-winning newsroom culture at WITI in Milwaukee. Hers was a teaching newsroom, where coaching and collaboration were as important as ethics and enterprise; where fun and families mattered, too.
She joined Poynter’s faculty in 1998, after a 26-year career in broadcast journalism and several walls full of national and local journalism honors. She brought experience in reporting, producing, anchoring and unique expertise in management. Now she combines all those skills to teach, coach and write: all in an effort to help managers become great bosses -- and true leaders.
In 2015, she was named to the inaugural Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola Chicago. She calls it a "dream job," working with the school's dean, Don Heider (pictured.) It is an extraordinary role that allows her to continue her work with professional managers -- and contribute her expertise to the development of tomorrow's leaders in media and society.
Jill is also the principal of Jill Geisler Leadership, LLC.
"WORK HAPPY: WHAT GREAT BOSSES KNOW" is published by Center Street, a division of the Hachette Book Group. Jill Geisler is represented by Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.