Seminars and topics offered:
- How Do You Eat an Elephant?
- On My Way to Sixty....I Lost My Mind!
- It's Not Personal! It's Personality!
- Gender Communications
- Women, Stress, Change, Waffles, and Spaghetti
- Lead, Follow, or Move Over!
- Candidate Search Assistance
- Candidate Assessment Centers
Jennifer is a Human Resource Professional and Generalist with more
than thirty-five years of experience in corporate, manufacturing,
public and private sector organizations. She is an objective and
respected coach, leader, facilitator, and author with a broad base
of experience and expertise in business, human resources, workplace
issues and relationships. She is President/CEO of Jennifer P. Davis
& Associates, LLC, a minority owned business, which she started
in 1997 following her retirement from IBM Charlotte.
During her tenure at IBM, Jennifer spent most of her career in
executive management positions managing annual budgets of up to
forty-three million dollars. In addition to her management experience,
Jennifer provided advice and counsel to the Site General Manager
on personnel matters affecting a site of more than 3500 employees
and 300 managers. She has written policy, continues to deliver leadership
and management training, and develops programs designed to improve
employee morale and increase organizational productivity. She was
and is still sought out for her problem-solving ability and to provide
direct and valuable guidance regarding sensitive workplace issues
such as harassment, disparate treatment, and employee and management
A certified Diversity Consultant, Mrs. Davis has been facilitating
discussions regarding this often difficult and misunderstood subject
since the 1980's. She also led the IBM Charlotte site in improving
morale from fifteenth to first place out of 18 nationwide manufacturing
sites. Her work resulted in IBM Charlotte receiving the NC Quality
Award in 1991. Her company currently serves a very diverse client
base including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Aetna,
Inc., Food Lion, the cities of Spartanburg, SC Mount Holly and Gastonia,
North Carolina and many others.
A much sought after motivational speaker, Mrs. Davis often entertains
and inspires her audiences with songs, information, timely advice,
and numerous anecdotes regarding her personal and professional experiences.
A talented writer, Jennifer writes editorial columns for The Gaston
Gazette and has co-authored the book, A Woman's Survival
Guide to Overcoming Obstacles, Transition, and Change, released
in August, 2007.
Mrs. Davis is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Professional
Woman Network (PWN), an international training organization specializing
in professional development. Mrs. Davis has been a member of the
Gaston County Board of Education since 1996. In December of 2002,
she was elected as the first African-American to chair the Gaston
County School Board. She is also an ALF Senior Fellow (American
Leadership Forum), Class VII, Charlotte Region.
She is a volunteer in many organizations and has received numerous
awards and honors, including the following:
2000 Entrepreneur of the Year presented by Bank of America
and the Gaston County Chamber of Commerce
Odyssey of a Woman Award presented by the Charlotte Chapter
of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, February, 2006
Community Involvement Award presented in May, 2006 by
The Gastonia Chapter of Las Amigas, Inc.,
Gaston County's 2006 Business Woman of the Year nominee
Omega Citizen of the Year 2006-2007
Mrs. Davis also hosted a weekly radio show, "Shammah Time",
a show "for women, about women, to uplift women where men
are always welcome."
In addition to the Board of Education, Mrs. Davis serves or has
served with the following organizations:
City of Gastonia, All-America City Team Member, 2000
President and Board of Directors, Gaston Skills, Inc.
Chairperson, Board of Trustees, The Children's Home,
United Way of Gaston County
Gaston County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
President and Founding Board of Directors, Diversity Council
of the Carolinas
Gaston Together Leadership Team
Board of Directors, The Woman's Shelter of Gaston
Board of Directors, American Red Cross, Gastonia Chapter
United Methodist Church - Gastonia District
United Methodist Church - Western North Carolina
Gaston Boys and Girls Club, Board of Directors
Mrs. Davis holds certifications in the following:
Five Factor (A national and internationally recognized personality