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Jean Frankel


Jean Frankel is an internationally known and respected management consultant, educator, facilitator, and executive coach. As a Founder and Principal of Ideas for Action, LLC, Jean has designed and facilitated strategic planning, governance redesign, organizational assessment, and leadership development activities for a wide variety of organizations. Her consulting experience includes work with organizations in a variety of business sectors, including professional and trade associations, academic institutions, community-based economic development organizations, and philanthropic and fraternal groups of all types and sizes. Her current client portfolio includes the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, Financial Executives International, and the Building Owners and Managers Association International. Jean is regarded as a major contributor to the unique body of knowledge of association management in membership organizations. She is coauthor of three best-selling books: The Will to Govern Well, considered a classic on association governance; Building a Knowledge-Based Culture, focusing on the special dynamics of membership organizations; and her new work on leadership From Insight to Action: Six New Ways to Think, Lead and Achieve, all published by Association Management Press. Prior to her current firm, Jean led large-scale planning and organizational change efforts for major corporations such as American Express and AT&T. She has also had functional responsibility in strategic planning, marketing and sales, information technology, customer service, engineering, manufacturing, and human resources.