Wood Dragon Books

Box 1216 Regina, Sask., CANADA S4P 3B4

Jeanne Martinson

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.

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 certification as a practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).

Jeanne became interested in training while working for a Fortune 500 company in southern California. Back in her native Saskatchewan, she side-stepped into sales and marketing for ten years – where in the printing and labelling industry, she took a $25,000 sales territory and grew it to $850,000 within four years.

Now as Managing Partner of her own firm, 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, 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, was released in October 2001. This book explores the parallels of the characters 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.

Jeanne’s fourth non-fiction book, Generation Y and the New Work Ethic, explores one of the biggest issues in today’s workplace, inter-generational 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 the reader concrete information about the different generations with a focus on work ethic and the motivations and values of Generation Y.

Hemingway or Twain? Unleashing Your Author Personality was released August 2015. This book provides three models to assist authors in starting, completing and marketing their non-fiction book. As well as providing this information through the book, Jeanne coaches authors through the three different models if they wish. (See more under the Author Services tab).

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 (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 EMCY Award (Canada’s national Diversity award).

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).