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John Leonard Harris is a native of St. Louis Missouri who currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska. Mr. Harris is a dynamic keynote and conference speaker, award-winning writer, poet and actor. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Speech and Dramatic Arts, emphasis Radio-TV-Film Production) and his Master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Education,
emphasis Teaching and Learning).
Mr. Harris founded Encouragement Consulting Services through which he has provided workshops and training for over 20 years in the areas of: corporate culture, workplace diversity, leadership, motivation, personal and professional growth, organizational effectiveness, team building and employment (hiring, job search tools and techniques).
Mr. Harris has worked as a consulting and training partner with TAG Consulting and Insignia Federal Group. He currently works as a Subject Matter Expert for Continuum Employee Assistance Program and Southern Glazer's Distributors (based in Dallas, Texas). He is a skilled consultant, employee coach, program developer and workshop facilitator. Mr. Harris always receives excellent reviews for his program design, delivery and content impact. His interactive and engaging style makes learning enjoyable for all participants.
Several years ago, Mr. Harris was added to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Wall of Honor" (see bottom left) for his work promoting equality in his community. He also received the Dr. Melvin Jones Mentoring Award (see bottom right with Dr. Colleen Jones, wife of Dr. Melvin Jones) for his work over the years with young people in his community.
In his spare time, he broadcasts college and high school sports serving as a color commentator for football, basketball and baseball. Likely, his greatest accomplishments is his marriage of 30 years to his wife Charlene of Lincoln, Nebraska and raising four great adults, Preston, Shannon, JoAnna and John, Jr.