Founder's Bio

Vernice Jones

With over 20 years of experience working with global Fortune 500 companies and large nonprofits, Vernice Jones creates experiential leadership programs and leadership development solutions that connect, and drive business results. Vernice has extensive experience working with C-Suite executives and other corporate leaders, providing comprehensive leadership assessments, executive coaching and experiential programming. She has conducted over 500 leadership assessments and debriefs, helping leaders learn more about their leadership strengths and impact.

Vernice is known for designing engaging leadership programs that bring forward the brilliance, insights and real world experiences of participants. She has designed and delivered numerous leadership development programs in various industries, for all levels of corporate leaders.

Companies Vernice has worked with include: Cargill, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Sikorsky Aircraft, Mitre, TASC and Girl Scouts of the USA.

Vernice recently created a two-week curriculum and trained instructors for prospective students at Duke University’s Vernice Jones helps leaders bring more of their full leadership potential to their role, and helps expand leaders’ capacity to lead. With 20 years of international experience in leadership development, Vernice possesses a unique global cultural orientation, having worked with leaders across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Vernice is also well known for creating and helping leaders execute on development plans that are tailored, expand capacity to lead in a variety of contexts, and support leaders in bringing their broadest range of leadership strengths to meet the changing demands of their business environment.

Vernice has extensive experience working with C-Suite executives and other corporate leaders, delivering comprehensive leadership assessments, executive and professional coaching, and experiential programming. She has conducted over 500 leadership assessments and debriefs. She has consulted and coached teams and individuals on professional and personal change initiatives. She has designed numerous experiential leadership programs that bring forward the brilliance, insights and real-world experiences of participants, and contribute to career-changing outcomes. Many of her clients have been promoted and/or discover how to better integrate their leadership strengths while being closely aligned to their own personal values and purpose. Recognizing the necessity of convenience as well as development for executives in today’s business landscape, Vernice provides virtual leadership development and coaching courses, and has designed webinars and workshops to this end. She has also successfully designed and led several workshops for organizations and universities, including a leadership program for prospective students at Duke University’s Global Leadership program. Vernice is currently on staff at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership at the School for Continuing Studies.
As a certified coach, Vernice Jones has completed coaching certification programs from the Coaches Training Institute, Organizational and Relationship Systems Coaching through CRR Global, and the Center for Leadership Maturity. She is a Leader and Master Mentor Coach of the CoachMe coach certification program. She is qualified to administer The Leadership Circle 360 profile, and the Myers Briggs, MBTI. She is an experienced facilitator of DISC® assessments. Vernice is the founder and co-leads the Co-Active Coach Training community for the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia region. She has been designated by the International Coaching Federation as a PCC (Professional Certified Coach), one step below Master Certified Coach and a mentor coach.

Vernice graduated from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in Economics. She also holds a Masters degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is currently studying Mandarin Chinese and is translating the Tao te Ching. Vernice has also worked on a number of community development projects including an Origami camp for girls in South Carolina, an English language program for Chinese seniors, and a program for church elders at a church with locations in South Africa, Zambia and Nigeria.

Vernice is Founder and Principal of The Leadership Compass, a consulting firm that provides innovative leadership development solutions to individuals and organizations.

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