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Jean Latting

Jean Latting
Leading Consciously 

Dr. Jean Kantambu Latting is a coach, consultant, and educator. As President of Leading Consciously, a leadership development company, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Houston, Jean specializes in helping people capitalize on their strengths so they might better accomplish their goals.

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Overview. Dr. Jean Kantambu Latting is President of Leading Consciously, LLC, and Professor Emerita of Leadership and Change at the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston. As an organizational consultant, teacher, researcher, and coach, Jean specializes in helping people examine and capitalize on their strengths so that they might better accomplish their goals.

Consultation and coaching. Jean has over 30 years of consultation, coaching, and teaching experience within private and public sector organizations. Consultation and training specialties include leadership development, organizational change, workforce diversity, organizational restructuring, conflict resolution, and conscious use of self.

Publications. She has published more than 25 book chapters and articles in profes­sional and scholarly journals on topics such as service quality, empowerment, diversity and inclusion, performance management, organizational learning, and leadership. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. She and V. Jean Ramsey are coauthors of Reframing Change: How to deal with workplace dynamics, influence others, and bring people together to initiate positive change, published by Praeger and available in November, 2009.

Research. As a researcher, Jean and colleagues have recently developed a survey to assess specific skills for consciously using oneself in a leadership capacity. The instrument currently is being used to evaluate the development of leadership skills among participants in the American Leadership Forum –Houston/Gulf Coast and other sites.

She has also been the principal investigator of major research grants, including awards from the National Science Foundation, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Brown Foundation. Research has examined employee motivation and factors promoting organizational learning, innovation, and service quality.

Education. Jean holds a doctorate in health administration with an organizational development specialization fromthe University of North Carolina, a Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree from Douglass College, Rutgers, the State University. Prior to joining the University of Houston, she held various directorship and management posi­tions.

Awards. In 1994, she received the Cachet Award for Outstanding Educator in the City of Houston. The 2002 graduating class at GSSW selected her as that year’s Convocation Speaker. She is a recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Faculty Award, given by the University of Houston Alumni Association. In 2005, she was appointed to the Jean Kantambu Latting Professorship of Leadership and Change, an endowment established in her name by a Houston philanthropist, Dr. Maconda B. O’Connor. In 2007, she was elected to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at the University of Houston. Jean has been listed in Who’s Who of America® since 2003.

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