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One of the most innovative speakers on career and leadership transformation.
James Stith is a coach, speaker and trainer who helps leaders who want to be their best rediscover their winning strengths, vision and mindset so they can have the best relationships, results and income.
After surviving a near-fatal diving accident in 2008, James learned at the end of our life we will all ask ourselves “Did I do my best?” James researched, and received training and coaching from some of the top leaders and institutions in the world on personal and professional transformation, which allowed him to achieve dramatic life changes and growth. Since then he has dedicated his life to helping others to choose be their best.
James has been a featured speaker for the Association for Talent Development, Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence, Center for Quality of Management, Jewish Family & Career Services and American Society for Quality. He has been a guest lecturer on leadership and career development at the University of Louisville, Webster University and Ottawa University. He has coached and trained hundreds of leaders to create their dream job. He has coached and trained thousands of leaders on performance excellence to achieve award winning business results.
James is also the founder of Transformational Leader Academy, an innovative coaching and training program for people who want to have the energy to be highly engaged in life, lightning fast execution and the ability to transform others to be their best.
James began his career in manufacturing where he implemented leadership systems to meet the requirements of Ford, General Motors and General Electric. As a Director at the Center for Quality of Management he coached, networked and trained CEO’s and Senior Leaders from over 30 organizations including Yum Brands, the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet and the Kentucky Lottery. He was honored to receive coaching and training from some of the regions and nations best CEO’s and Thought Leaders including onsite events at MIT and Stanford.
James transitioned into healthcare and served as a National Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award examiner and senior examiner for six years. The award is presented annually by the President of the United States to organizations that have demonstrated quality and performance excellence.
He supported his own senior leadership team in achieving two national Baldrige site visits. James joined Kentucky’s largest health system and became the lead Director assigned to develop and deploy a Performance Improvement coaching and mentoring program for over one hundred leaders to support a multi-million dollar cost reduction effort. He also facilitated the redesign, development and training of performance excellence classes for system wide orientation, nursing orientation, leadership onboarding and the physician leadership academy. He co-founded Blue Phoenix in 2012.
James is a Certified Professional Coach and ELI Master Practitioner through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. He has over 1,000 hours of individual and group coaching experience. He received his MBA from the University of Louisville’s iMBA program, which has been ranked #10 among the “Top 25 Entrepreneurial Colleges for Graduate Students”.
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