Jack Zenger’s career spans more than five decades and has combined entrepreneurial, corporate, and academic endeavors.

He is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Zenger Folkman, a firm specializing in 360 assessments, leadership, and organizational development. Jack is a world expert in the field of leadership development and organizational behavior. He is a highly esteemed speaker, consultant, and executive coach with the ability to connect with audiences through compelling research and inspiring stories.

Before forming Zenger Folkman, Jack was the Vice President of human resources for Syntex Corporation. He then co-founded Zenger-Miller and served as its President and CEO until 1991. The Wall St. Journal named it one of the ten best suppliers of executive development. He later was a Group Vice President of the Times Mirror Corporation and then became the President of Provant, a publicly-traded combination of 21 companies in the training industry.

Jack was also on the faculty at the University of Southern California (USC) and later taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Utah Valley University and is currently a Regent for the higher education system in the State of Utah.

Jack holds a doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern California, an MBA from UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University.

He is the co-author of seven books on leadership and coaching. After an unsuccessful attempt at retirement, Jack freely admits his passion is his work. He loves helping leaders strengthen their leadership skills and their workplaces.


ATD Lifetime Achievement in Workplace Learning and Performance Award
Human Resources Development Hall of Fame
HR.com Top Leader of the Year
ISA Thought Leader of the Year
Honorary Doctorate from Utah Valley University

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Notable Research and Topics

Coaching as a Management Style
Emotions at Work
Succession Planning
Evolution of Leadership Development
Expand Learning Through Continued Development
Building a Coaching Culture
Developing Strategic Perspective
Research: Women in Leadership
Discovering and Developing Hidden Reservoirs of Talent
Unlocking The Secrets of Inspiring Leadership