Jill Geisler is the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago and an internationally recognized expert in leadership and management. She’s the person news organizations reach out to when their managers need solutions, skills and inspiration. Her influence on media leaders ranges from Boston to Bhutan.
She is also the Freedom Forum’s Fellow in Women’s Leadership. Jill leads programs in its Power Shift Project, the goal of which is Workplace Integrity: environments free of discrimination and incivility and full of opportunity, especially for those who have been denied it. She has trained hundreds of media leaders to deliver the Workplace Integrity curriculum she designed and has personally delivered her “Do You Qualify as an Ally?” webinar to thousands of aspiring allies in media and beyond.
She is the coach to countless leaders she’s never met, through her book, “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know,” her management columns for the National Press Club Journalism Institute and Columbia Journalism Review, and her podcasts, “What Great Bosses Know” and “Q&A: Leadership and Integrity in the Digital Age.”
Jill’s first career was in broadcast journalism, where she began as a reporter, photographer, producer and anchor. At the age of 27, she became one of the country’s first female TV news directors at WITI-TV in Milwaukee. Her award-winning newsroom was known for its culture of enterprise and ethics. After 25 years on the front lines of news and news management, she joined the faculty of the Poynter Institute, where she guided its leadership and management programs for 16 years and became known as a master teacher and coach.
Jill has been inducted into multiple media halls of fame, including the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Milwaukee Press Club and the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She’s also been recognized by the Radio-TV Digital News Association, The News Leaders Association and her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, for her contributions to journalism.
She serves on the advisory boards of the Journalism and Women Symposium, the University of Wisconsin Center for Journalism Ethics and the Journalism and Media Ethics Council of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
Jill holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in leadership studies from Duquesne University.
Her management mantra is “Life’s too short to work with jerks.”