John L. Bennett is an Associate Professor of Business & Behavioral Science, Director of the MS in Organization Development and Executive Coaching programs with the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to teaching, he is a frequent speaker and presenter at academic, professional, and client conferences and workshops.
He has nearly 30 years of progressively challenging and successful experience creating, leading, and being a part of change in various industries. Dr. Bennett was CEO of an American Red Cross bio-medical services division, where he led pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution operations and the development and delivery of essential human services. He has also led mergers and turnarounds, new product development, marketing, and technology system designs and interactions. He served as CEO of The Foundation of Coaching, a project of the Harnisch Foundation, and as Senior Vice President and Talent Solutions Director for Lee Hecht Harrison.
As an executive coach and consultant, Dr. Bennett has helped individuals, teams, and organizations in a variety of industries prepare for and excel through change for nearly 20 years. He is the author of numerous articles about building organizational resilience to change, coaching, communication, innovative team-based management, and leadership, as well as, three books: Leading the Edge of Change, The Essential Network, and his latest book (co-authored with Mary Wayne Bush) is Coaching for Change (Routledge, 2014).
Dr. Bennett’s clients include for-profit and not-for-profit, organizations in government, bio-medical, construction, education, defense, financial services, higher education, human services, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and professional services.
He earned a BS degree from Mars Hill College, MPA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an MA and Ph.D in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. He also earned the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential through the Center for Credentialing & Education. He is actively involved in several professional organizations including the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association (APA), ICF, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTS), and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). In 2012, he led the Steering Committee for the first Future of Coaching Summit. He is a past-president of the Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching. In 2010, he was named a charter Fellow in The Lewin Center and a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Coaching, which is a affiliate of Harvard Medical School.