Wilkes University


Wilkes University Family Business Alliance Hosts Author and Leadership Coach John Engels

The Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University will host author and global educator John Engels, president of Leadership Coaching, Inc., Wednesday, March 11 in the Henry Student Center Ballroom on the Wilkes campus. Engels will present “Relationship Realities: Emotionally-Mature Leadership in an Age of Avoidance.” Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a light breakfast. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required.

Engels will use personal stories, science and coaching demonstrations to discuss immature leadership behaviors and guide participants towards more mature functioning as parents, presidents and partners in their businesses. The immature leadership behaviors identified by Engels include feelings of entitlement, over-functioning, avoidance and learned helplessness, which compromise the confidence and competence of the individual and the robustness of the family and business. 

Engels’ firm, Leadership Coaching, Inc., is based in Rochester, N.Y., and provides leadership consulting and company development services. The company has gained a national reputation for integrating leadership, scientific research and family systems theory. With over 30 years of experience, Engels has addressed national and international audiences, including Cornell University, Enterprise Worldwide, Japan Family Center and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. His innovative approaches to leadership have been featured in The New York Times, ABC 20/20, Germany’s largest business daily publication Handelsblatt and A Guide for Leaders, his privately-authored book of essays and a 2001 Addy Award winner, among other publications and broadcasts worldwide. 

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Lorna Galliford at lorna.galliford@wilkes.edu or call (570) 408-4590. 

The Wilkes University Family Business Alliance was developed by regional business owners and is a member-driven organization that aims to enable local family businesses to maintain and grow a profitable business and successfully transfer management and ownership to the next generation. The alliance provides its members with executive educational programs, enhanced networking opportunities with fellow family business owners, a forum to discuss common issues and concerns, and exposure to nationally recognized experts to ensure that the businesses’ needs are constantly identified and addressed.