President and Thought Leader, J.O. Rodgers and Associates
Dr. James O. Rodgers was recently elected to be a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC-USA). The Fellow of the Institute is the highest honor awarded in the management consulting profession. Jim has been called a “keen observer of business from many perspectives” and is acknowledged by his colleagues as the leading strategist in the field of diversity management. Jim is the author of the groundbreaking book Managing Differently: Getting 100% from 100% of your people 100% of the time which changed the conversation about diversity and has been adopted as source material for a number of major MBA programs including Kellogg School of Management.
Jim is an engineer (a B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University), a business strategist (an M.B.A. in Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham), and a scholar (Ph.D. in Management from Walden University). He designed and presented Executive Management courses at Cornell University and Kellogg School of Management. James has provided advice and counsel to over 250 companies including industry giants such as IBM, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, the Southern Company, AT&T, ThyssenKrupp Elevator and the NNSA. He is the thought leader for the concept of diversity management as a key business strategy, which he calls Deliberate Diversity™. Jim has become the leading resource for leaders who want to use diversity to achieve better business results. He advises business owners and executive teams how to create tangible results with diverse teams by effectively managing people and valuing differences.
Jim is known as a masterful facilitator of difficult conversations, an extraordinary coach, a seasoned speaker, and a prolific writer. He has chaired half dozen major non-profits like Habitat for Humanity and served as Vice-Chair of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. He is currently a principal driver of the literacy movement in Georgia (Literacy for All).