Virginia Russell, President


Virginia Russell is President of RUSSELLCONSULTING, a corporate training and coaching firm. A current partial client list includes The New York Stock Exchange, Morgan Stanley, Colgate Palmolive, Chadbourne & Parke, LeBoeuf Lamb, Shearman & Sterling, American Cancer Society, Ropes & Gray, Cornell Weil Medical Center.

Ms. Russell personally specializes in coaching women managers at various levels in the mastery of their performance issues including managerial, teambuilding, communications, interpersonal, emotional intelligence, and professional presence - skills that are critical to the success of women in business today. A pioneer in women's career development well before there was a high level of awareness of the challenges women faced in the workplace, she founded Careers Don't Just Happen, Inc. This non-profit organization was set up to help women with their specific career and work issues. She created a pilot program on career transition and secured the L'Eggs Corporation as a sponsor. Ms. Russell also spent three years coaching employees in transition at JPMorgan Chase.

In her former capacity as Marketing and Training Director for Gibbs Training & Consulting, the New York corporate training division of Career Education Corporation, Ms. Russell created and marketed off-the-shelf and customized training programs. She also acted as media spokesperson, appearing on CNN and Good Day New York. Additionally, she has been featured in The New York Times, Crain's New York Business, The Stamford Advocate and various trade publications. Before joining Gibbs, she held positions in Human Resources in various fields including financial services, education, international trade, publishing, and advertising.

Ms. Russell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development with a minor in Career Counseling from the State University of New York. She is certified as a coach by the Coaches Certification Institute and is a member of the International Coaching Federation. Professional study includes programs in Organization Development, Group Dynamics, Teambuilding, Curriculum Design and Train the Trainer. She is certified in the Myers Briggs, Emotional Intelligence and the Enneagram assessments and received outplacement training from Right Management Associates. She is a member of The New York Association for Psychological Type, Organization Development Network of New York, New York Women in Communications, New York Women Business Owners, National Association for Female Executives and Women & Co., Division of Citigroup.

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Reception at Deloitte & Touche