Janice Black, Ph.D.

Janice is Senior Associate with LeadFirst Learning Systems, LLC. , She is an engaging and highly rated business partner who is passionately committed to organizational success; whether that success is focused on financial outcomes, “best in class” leadership, change implementation, operational effectiveness and productivity, employee engagement or talent management. Janice is a Board Certified Executive Coach and certified in Lean/Six Sigma. She is able to quickly transform organizational challenges into specific plans that produce solid business results.

Clients find her accounting and finance expertise, systems thinking orientation, and her ability to connect at all levels in the organization invaluable in crafting finacially sound solutions. Janice has published several articles and presented at many national and regional conferences. She is certified in a number of assessments that provide an analytical foundation for strategic planning, building high performing executive teams, change effectiveness, increasing the organization’s leadership capacity, and for improving organizational performance.

In addition to her expertise as a consultant, Janice has a wealth of professional experiences. She served as the Director of Organizational Development for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center; as an Assistant Professor in the College of Technology at Bowling Green State University; as a Manufacturing Project Manager and as a Manufacturing IT Systems Consultant for one of the largest apparel companies in the country; and as a Cost Accountant and Internal Auditor at two of the nation’s largest banks.

Her previous clients include union and non-union organizations across a range of industries; Technology, Healthcare, Retail, Consumer Products, Warehouse, Distribution, Transportation, Education, Non-Profit Social Services, Auto/Yacht/Electrical Manufacturing, Gaming, Government, Textile/Furniture Manufacturing, Financial Services, and Bio-Tech Pharmaceutical.

Janice has earned a reputation for excellence from more than two decades of projects with "tight" time frames and those requiring the balancing of conflicting organizational interests. Dr. Black was the recipient of the prestigious Cunningham Dissertation Fellowship at Virginia Tech where she received her Ph.D. She graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University with an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Education.
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