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James "Jim" Sartain, Ph.D

Dr. James “Jim” Sartain, Jr. has a passion for transforming individuals, teams, and organizations. Leveraging lessons learned from his own 30 year leadership career and his training as a scholar,  Jim’s focus is on the design and delivery of leader development programs that create meaningful and sustained changes in leader behavior. In addition to his work with JSA, Jim is Professor of Leadership and Strategy at the Jack Welch Management Institute. He is also on the faculty of Purdue University. He serves as an executive coach for senior leaders working in a variety of settings.

Jim has served at the executive leadership level for a range of organizations.  Previous roles include serving as President and CEO of a research, evaluation, and development company, Senior Vice President of a national child-caring organization, Program Director at a large community mental health center, and Executive Director of a 24-hour crisis intervention and referral service.  

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, an MBA from NOVA Southeastern University, and a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Harold Abel School of Psychology at Capella University.  His research focuses on cognitive psychology and the link between self-identity and leadership performance. Other research interests have explored leadership development best practices, defining ROI for training and development initiatives, the power of reflective practices, virtual teams, leading transformational change, forecasting trends for the 21st century workforce, and examining the relationship of style preferences with specific leadership meta-competencies and behaviors.

Jim is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the International Society for Performance improvement (ISPI), the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists, and the Association of Psychological Type (APT). Jim is also a certified MBTI administrator.


Jim lives in Dade City with his wife, Lynda and their daughter, Katy.

Joseph "Joe" Arner

Joe Arner is a speaker and trainer dedicated to individual and organizational development in a wide variety of industries. His focus is to aide leaders in cultivating healthy, achievement-oriented organizational cultures.

Through Joe’s Connected Leadership workshops, participants can develop a strong Leader P.O.V.® (Point of View) and hone the competencies that will make them most effective in leading their respective organizations.

As a full-time consultant, Joe utilizes his diverse experience as a professional development leader, counselor, and presenter. Through this experience, he has trained law enforcement, military personnel, higher education executives, church leaders, and human resources professionals.


Joe made his way through this career path by using the critical thinking and communication skills established during his education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from James Madison University and a master’s degree in theology from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.