Jim Bagnola is an international speaker, an executive coach and a corporate educator. He is an expert in the field of leadership and body-mind management, focusing on the influence of thinking patterns on health, happiness, success, and the capacity to lead.
He has been speaking and educating worldwide, for over twenty-five years, on the topics of Leadership and Health in relation to "The Secrets of the Mind-Body Connection." His focus is building Professional Human Beings. His popular book entitled “ Becoming a Professional Human Being: How to Enjoy Stress Free Work and Personal Happiness using the Mind/Body/Work Connection was published in the U.S. and Romania in 2012.
Jim has many interests. One is traveling. He was born in Canton, Ohio, lives in Austin, Texas, but has visited more than eighty countries either for adventure or work. He is a devoted sports fan, health enthusiast, and an avid reader.
His educational background is in Political Science at the University of Akron, B.A. Counseling Psychology at the University of Santa Monica M.A. and Vedic Science at Meru in Switzerland and Maharishi University of Management, M.A. University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest, Doctor Honoris Causa (PhD) A certified stress-management instructor since 1975, he is also an executive coach to Fortune 500 company leaders. He is currently serving as a Global Mentor for the World Bank coaching entrepreneurs worldwide.
Jim has held corporate VP positions, served as Assistant Director of Financial Aids at the University of Akron and Director of Conferences at Western Illinois University, and has also had the opportunity of managing world-famous magician Doug Henning in Hollywood as Vice President of Doug Henning Magic.
In 2002 Jim earned his CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). This designation, by the National Speakers Association and Global Speakers Federation has only been awarded so far, to about six hundred professional speakers worldwide. This qualifies him as one of North America's top-rated speakers. Jim was among the "World's Top 30 Leadership Professional" from 2006-2010. The honorees are selected for their originality, practicality of ideas, presentation style, and proven ability to assist organizations to achieve superior results.
He is the President of The Leadership Group International. He is Chairman of the Board of Leaders Romania and is a frequent lecturer for AIESEC, an international student organization based in the Netherlands. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Olive Branch Foundation in Ohio. Jim is visiting professor at the University of Bucharest (Romania), Maharishi University of Management, Pontificia Universidad Javierana (Colombia), Kent State University and the Western Management Development Center.
Clients include: Shell Oil Company, The Kroger Company, U.S. Secret Service, Department of the Air Force, Marriott Hotels, Siemens, Motorola, Scotiabank, P.T. ISPAT (Indonesia), Hella (Romania), Ecolab, Castle&Cooke (Hawaii), Continental Automotive and Hilton Hotels. Websites: jimbagnola.com and European, jimbagnola.ro