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What You Don't Know About Listening - Jon F. White

Jon F. White

Jon White began his career as an educator; not surprisingly, his subject was Communications. Then he moved on to build a small chain of travel agencies, later sold for ten times his initial investment. Jon followed that with 20 years as a successful top-level business leader in the medical device industry.

Mr. White now infuses his work as an Executive Coach, Leadership Consultant, and valued Speaker with the practical knowledge he brought from each of his past experiences.

Jon has worked with senior leaders throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia and has consulted for a wide range of companies, including QualComm, Jenny Craig, Disney, Black and Decker, Callaway Golf, Chrysler, Kinder Morgan, Ingram Micro, Fieldstone Communities, Quest Diagnostics, and State Street Financial, to name just a few.

With a passionate interest in the behaviors necessary to provide outstanding leadership, Jon’s professional journey has led him to focus on Listening because he believes it to be the skill that is fundamental to almost all other leadership attributes.

What You Don't Know About Listening - Alexandra Taketa

Alexandra Taketa

Alexandra Taketa is a certified executive coach and an experienced Learning and Development professional. Her passion is coaching individuals and organizations to reach their maximum potential. Alexandra has coached executives of Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and governmental organizations including: Gap Inc., Allergan, Motorola, AdFlight, Hewlett Packard, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Amigos de las Americas. She has held senior Learning & Talent Development roles at Allergan, Gap Inc., and Mercer Management Consulting.

Alexandra is an expert at creating leadership and management development programs, developing competency models, orchestrating succession planning, and facilitating cross-functional and enterprise-wide organization design initiatives. She thrives on working with leaders to build the skills necessary for success.

A proud mother of two (and wife of one), Alexandra is an old soul, a natural teacher, and a masterful listener who brings a rich and dynamic spirit and energy to her work.

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