Hello!  Thanks for visiting my website and blog.  I’m Judy Cook and have been speaking to groups in one way or another since I was in my early 20’s.  OK, don’t ask!  But I will say that I have been married to my high school sweetheart for a lot of years, and we have a lovely daughter and three wonderful grandchildren.

During my career as a leader and an employee, I have seen lots of changes in the way organizations are led.  From command and control environments to engaged participation, and I have learned a lot.  And, I’m still learning!

My initial idea for my website and blog has been to focus on emerging leaders, and share things I wish I had known when I was starting my leadership journey.  I still plan to do that, and also include suggestions for seasoned leaders and individual contributors who want more satisfaction in their careers.  I may throw in some life lessons that I’ve learned across the years, and some stories about interesting people I’ve had the opportunity to meet along the way.

My first job was at 16 at Belk, a local North Carolina Department Store, then, an insurance agency, a church secretary, and then 34 years at PSNC Energy/SCANA Gas Services Gastonia NC, most recently as Manager-Organizational Development.  I achieved certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources through SHRM, certification in facilitation with Development Dimensions International, and certification in ‘Mastering Emotional Intelligence’ through TalentSmart.  I had the honor of receiving the Southern Gas Association’s ‘Leader’s Make a Difference’ Award in 2016.  I have led hundreds of workshops for employees and leaders, and delivered many presentations to church groups, associations, conferences, women’s groups and civic groups.

I can be reached at judy@judyspeaks.com.