John Eldred has devoted his career to leading, creating, managing, and helping institute productive change in individuals,organizations, and communities. Specializing in linking individual growth and organizational renewal, his work bridges the fields of executive education, strategic management, and quality of working life.His work has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, the European Labor Relations Review, FastCompany Magazine, and CBS News. He has given hundreds of speeches, lectures ,and presentations to groups as diverse as The American Meat Institute,the US Navy, The United Auto Workers,the American College of Physician Executives, and the International Council for Quality of Working Life.
His company, Transition One Associates, is a consulting firm which assists organizations and individuals facing major business transitions. He works with companies on Strategic Change Management, a program that comprises leadership enhancement, organizational transformation, and executive coaching. Mr. Eldred works with clients' top management team to build the imperative and empowerment for change from the top down. One area of particular focus in his work is the role of the chief executive officer in the change process. TOA's vision is to transform leadership intention into organizational momentum. Currently, he is also serving as executive director of the Dental Trade Alliance, an assocaition of 200 firms..
Mr. Eldred is also co-founder of the Wharton School Family Business Program, internationally recognized as the highest rated Wharton School seminar. The program has provided training and development for the founding generation of business owners as well as for hundreds of the succeeding generations. The Family Business Program has attracted participants from the largest international family-owned businesses to the neighborhood "mom and pops" in a variety of industries, from hospitality to pharmaceuticals to finance and manufacturing, and has served as a model for over 100 business schools that have started similar programs.
As lecturer at the Wharton School, Mr. Eldred developed the first Wharton graduate-level courses in the change process: Managing Organizational Change and Managing Organizational Transition. He also teaches Master's courses in Organization Politics, Leading the Virtual Organization, and Leading Professional Services Organizations in the Organizational Dynamics Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
He has also served as chairman of a regional group of The Executive Committee, a resource company for small and medium-sized businesses nationally. Mr. Eldred was Director of Organizational Development for the Center for the Study of Adult Development, Associate Director of the Wharton Applied Research Center, and Associate Director of Executive Education for Wharton.
One of Mr. Eldred's career strengths has been to lead innovative and long-lasting responses to an organizational or community need. As an internal management consultant for the Du Pont Company he initiated the first organizational development strategy. This program has since spread throughout the international Du Pont system.
Mr. Eldred was also CEO of the Jamestown Area Labor-Management Committee, a coalition formed among business, labor, government, and the public to revitalize a declining manufacturing area. It was the first community-based quality of work life program in the country and it receives on-going international acclaim for its accomplishments. Mr. Eldred is also a co-founder of the Philadelphia Area Labor-Management Committee, the largest and one of the most successful labor-management committee in the United States.
His desire for cooperative and responsible solutions to community or company problems took its first shape when, as an undergraduate at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania , he co-founded the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education. This was one of the first student reform movements of the Sixties.
His line management experience also includes working his way up to heir apparent in a family-owned manufacturing firm and serving as infantry platoon sergeant in the United States Army, stationed in Berlin,Germany during the height of the Cold War.
Areas of Expertise: Management and Leadership Development
Transition One Associates
Create custom programs which address problems and opportunities in management and leadership.Design and teach programs in leadership and management development and communications skills.Coach individuals and groups on leadership/management effectiveness.
University of Pennsylvania
Lecturer, Academic Director, Wharton School Executive Education Programs (1989-present)
Faculty, Organizational Dynamics Masters Program, School of Arts and Sciences (1991- present)
Director, Marketing Communications Certificate Program, School of Arts and Sciences, College of General Studies, Special Programs Division (1989 - 90)
Elkman Advertising and Public Relations
Vice President, Public Relations Director (1981-1987)
Designed, supervised, and executed strategies in public relations, advertising, and business communications; solicited new accounts; conducted in-house training; participated in agency management; oversaw major accounts; directed and built profit center department.
Clients at Elkman included the Du Pont Company, McDonald's Restaurants, Continental Bank, Caloric Corporation, Manufacturers Hanover Financial Services, MEDIQ, and SASI Systems
Consultant to Delaware Valley School Districts (1980-84)
Charter Fellow of Pennsylvania Writing Project, presented in-service training to teachers of all subjects and levels on the teaching and uses of writing. Coordinated course for teachers with West Chester University and Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. Conducted workshops for the Delaware Valley Writing Council. Facilitated Pennsylvania Department of Education Executive Academy.
Upper Dublin School District (1970-1981)
English Department Chairman, Upper Dublin High School(1976-1981)
Responsible for staff development, program planning and implementation,curriculum design, budgeting and scheduling,and policy creation.
English Teacher (1970-1976)
Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
B.A. in English,distinction in all subjects, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies,1968
M.A. in Teaching of English, Alpha Gamma Delta Honor Society,1970.
Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, CA
M.A. in Organizational Development, 1993
Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems, 1997
Course credits of 60 hours above Masters in educational supervision, English, and education.
Pennsylvania Supervisory 1 Certificate.
Certified Practitioner, Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument
* Board Member, Alternative Work Environments (2001-present)
* Stories for Executive Development: An Isotonic Solution, Journal of Organizational Change
Management, September, 1996.
* American Organization of Nursing Executives, April 1996 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
* Member, Board of Governors, Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia (1989-1993)
*Philadelphia Public Relations Association, Chairman 1986-7, President 1985-6
*Leadership, Inc. (Community Leadership Seminars) Alumna
*Pennsylvania Writing Project, West Chester University: Charter Fellow; Advisory Board (1997-present)
Board Chairs Award, 2000, ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter
Women In Communications: "Super Communicator" for the 1980s
International Association of Business Communicators: Epic Award
Public Relations Society of America, Philadelphia Chapter: Pepperpot Award