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Dr. Janelle Wells is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida and the Co-founder and Impact Coach at WellsQuest, a firm dedicated to fostering the growth of leaders, teams, and cultures through individualized and transformative development programs. She worked as an Assistant Volleyball Coach at Indiana University and as an Assistant Professor at Florida State University before co-founding WellsQuest. Dr. Wells has significantly contributed to research in organizational behavior, focusing on leadership, career development, and gender equity, with her work published in reputable journals and Business of eSports: The Wild Wild West on Fire, a book she co-authored in 2019. Beyond her professional endeavors, Dr. Wells is deeply involved in community service and advocacy for women in sports and events.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Dr. Janelle Wells’ journey from collegiate athlete to professor and researcher
  • Ways to foster inclusive cultures in organizations
  • Key insights on embracing and empowering diverse groups
  • Dr. Wells discusses the concept of “invisible work” in the sports and entertainment industry
  • The importance of middle managers in organizations
  • How biases and stigmas around professionalism affect people’s authenticity

In this episode…

What does it take to build a thriving community of leaders, particularly in the dynamic fields of sports, media, and entertainment? Can lessons learned from the classroom help create a thriving community of impact leaders?

According to Dr. Janelle Wells, a distinguished educator, researcher, and leadership coach, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Drawing on her extensive experience in sports and academics, Dr. Wells emphasizes the critical role of middle managers and the need for intentional leadership development across all levels of an organization. She advocates for a holistic approach combining rigorous research with practical applications, highlighting the power of personal growth, resilience, and the strategic empowerment of emerging leaders. Through her work, Dr. Wells illustrates how investing in people can drive transformative change and foster a community of leaders poised to navigate the challenges of today’s ever-evolving landscape.

In this episode of WRK & WIN, host Corinne Milien welcomes Dr. Janelle Wells, Co-founder and Impact Coach at WellsQuest, to delve into her vision for the future of leadership. They explore the significance of supporting middle managers, the impact of innovative partnerships in sports and education, and Dr. Wells’ personal inspirations and approaches to continuous learning and professional development.

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