Jan Campbell, Consultant Born: Toronto
Jan is a dedicated business consultant and leadership coach. With over 15 years of experience under her belt, she excels at assisting her clients reach their full potential through identifying and leveraging their strengths and assets.
As a consultant, Jan ensures that:
- Board members, senior executives, and leaders build leadership skills, navigate change, overcome challenges, and bring new energy to their organizations.
- Professionals and entrepreneurs maximize productivity and effectiveness while achieving greater peace, fulfillment and balance.
- Organizations maximize their employees’ productivity and effectiveness through a unique blend of consulting, coaching and training
Through the implementation of her unique and effective methodologies, Jan has been instrumental in strategically guiding organizations, boards and entrepreneurs to not only success and growth, but career and life balance.
Jan also brings an extensive amount of business knowledge to her coaching. In the past she has worked as an executive, a consultant with one of the Big 4 consulting firms, and as an entrepreneur. These experiences afforded her the opportunity to work with CEO’s, Executive Directors, and Boards of Directors. She has also served on numerous local, municipal and provincial committees and Boards:
- As a citizen member of the Board of Health for the City of Toronto
- Board of the Ontario Public Health Association
- Board of the Association of Ontario Health Centres
- Board of the Wellesley Institute
- Board of Davenport Perth Neighborhood Centre
- Board of the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention
She is currently a Trustee of the University Health Network, which happens to be the largest hospital network in Canada, and she is also a member of the Progressive Consultants Network of Toronto, which is a group of consultants working in the not-for-profit sector who are committed to social justice.
In 2000, she launched her own consulting firm, StrategiSense Inc., to support organizational effectiveness and leadership development within the public and not for profit sectors. In order to accomplish this they provide management consulting services in the areas of community-based planning and development, program planning and evaluation, organisational reviews, organizational redesign, strategic planning, governance development and leadership coaching.
She has a master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Health Services Management, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular Biology from McMaster University. She is also a professionally trained leadership coach, earning her certification from the Coaches Training Institute’s Coactive Coaches Training program, and a member of both the International Coaches Federation and the Canadian Association of Management Consultants.
What’s your favorite book and why?
Wouldn’t Take Nothing from My Journey Now by: Maya Angelou. This book was so captivating and inspiring that it was hard to put it down. I read it in one day! I love Maya’s poetic yet simple and direct style. Her spirit flows off of every page. I read this book at a time when I was starting to look inward and reflect on who I was and what was important to me. This book is like food for my soul and continues to be a reminder of the importance of:
- Staying grounded and self-aware,
- To experience life fully through focusing on the journey and not getting too fixated on the destination, and
- Appreciating all aspects of all people, all perspectives and all situations.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you, out of your own talent and understanding, out of the things you believe in, out of the things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something, The ingredients are there. You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life. Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning for you. If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account.” – John Gardner
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet?
More travel and exploring of the world – to experience all that it has to offer in terms of its sights, sounds, and tastes!
Who inspires you?
I am inspired by my 8 year old son. His laughter, his smile, his happiness and joy with the simplest of things, his curiosity, his vulnerability, his appreciation, his perseverance and courage, his speaking up, his tears, and his triumphs – all touch, move and inspire me.
Why do you do what you do?
Because being a catalyst for the transformation of people and organizations is thrilling! I love what I do because each and every day I witness positive change. My days are full of moments that are interesting, fulfilling, engaging, satisfying and inspiring. Each day I have the privilege of seeing the impact of what I do.