Jeanne Martinson

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Jeanne Martinson is a professional speaker, trainer and best-selling author who has worked internationally and throughout Canada. Since co-founding her own firm in 1993, Jeanne has inspired thousands of participants in her workshops and keynote presentations with her humour, insight and real-world examples.

In 2010 Jeanne completed her Master of Arts degree in Leadership at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Her graduate research focused on the differences and similarities of criminal gang leaders and corporate leaders. Her research was published by the International Leadership Association in their annual journal (2012) as a peer-reviewed journal article (Leadership Lessons from the Criminal World).

Jeanne also holds a Certificate in Organisational (Organizational) Behaviour from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland) and a certification as a practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).

As Managing Partner of her own firm, Martrain, Jeanne has delivered workshops and keynote addresses to government, associations and the private sector. Her most popular topics are leadership and diversity. As a Canadian best-selling author and strategist in workplace diversity, Jeanne's goal is to assist leaders in understanding diversity issues so they may attract, retain and engage their ideal workforce.

In July 1999, Jeanne released her first non-fiction book entitled Lies and Fairy Tales That Deny Women Happiness which explores the myths that many Canadian women are raised with and which limit their ability to have happy relationships and fulfilling careers. Her second book, Escape from Oz - Leadership For The 21st Century in the fable The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and our own beliefs about personal and professional leadership. The first part of the book explores the four cornerstones required to be effective leaders: insight, courage, self-discipline and influence over others. The second part of the book explores how we can move out of our comfort zone to lead individuals according to their reality, skill set and knowledge base - with the goal of achieving trust and long term success. Jeanne's third book, War & Peace in the Workplace - Diversity, Conflict, Understanding, Reconciliation was released September 2005. This book explores how workplaces are becoming more diverse and how diversity may trigger conflict. The book illustrates how we have the choice of allowing conflict to spiral down into dysfunction or of taking charge, becoming aware and developing understanding. All three books are available in print, audio book and E-book. (See martrain.org).

Jeanne's newest book, Generation Y and the New Work Ethic explores one of the biggest issues in today's workplace - intergenerational conflict. If you are a colleague trying to understand your multi-generational co-workers, a front line manager trying to get your youngest workers to show up and show up on time or are a member of Generation Y looking to maximize your effectiveness and success in the workplace, this book is for you. It gets to the heart of the generational differences issue, with minimal psycho-babble and statistical navel gazing, giving you concrete information about the different generations with a focus on work ethic and the motivations and values of Generation Y.

Jeanne takes a leading role in her community, a dedication that was recognized in 1992 with the awarding of the Canada 125 Medal, in 1999 with the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the category of Business, Labor and Professions, in 2005 with the Centennial Leadership Award for outstanding contribution to the Province of Saskatchewan, the Athena Award, and in 2008 – the national Diversity award – the EMCY.

Jeanne has been listed in Who’s Who of Canadian Women since 1996 and Canadian Who’s Who since 1999. Jeanne is Past President of: Saskatchewan Training and Development Association (Regina Chapter), Saskatchewan Business and Professional Women, and Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan. She was Founding President of the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS).