If you want to learn the secrets of being a great leader, ask Jill Geisler. As head of Poynter’s leadership and management programs, she guides managers–from the novice to the veteran–toward success. In Poynter-based seminars, offsite workshops and within organizations, she brings humor and humanity to her well-informed teaching and coaching.
Jill is the author of “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know,” a workshop-in-a-book that’s helping leaders in all fields, worldwide. Her popular “What Great Bosses Know” podcasts on iTunes U have been downloaded more than 11 million times.
She joined Poynter’s small and special faculty in 1998, after a 26-year career in broadcast journalism and several walls full of national and local journalism honors. Jill brought experience in reporting, producing, anchoring and unique expertise in management. Jill became one of the country’s first female TV news directors of a major market network affiliate at the age of 27. She built an award-winning newsroom culture at WITI in Milwaukee. Hers was a teaching newsroom, where coaching and collaboration were as important as ethics and enterprise; where fun and families mattered, too.
Today, Jill can be found helping other news organizations improve quality and performance through first-rate leadership. The long, long list of organizations she’s served includes NPR, NBC, the Associated Press, The McClatchy publications, the Raycom stations group, Schurz Communications, Scripps, The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Seattle Times, the Hearst stations group, the Knight Fellowships at Stanford, and DR - the Danish broadcasting corporation. Amid all this, she’s also in demand as a trainer and coach for leaders in professions of all kinds.
Jill holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in leadership and liberal studies from Duquesne University. She’s been inducted into multiple journalism halls of fame, including the prestigious Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. For her career contributions, The University of Wisconsin awarded her its “Distinguished Service to Journalism” honor.
Jill lives in Bayside (a suburb of Milwaukee), Wis. and commutes to Poynter in St. Petersburg, Fla. She is married to her best friend Neil Jaehnert. Their young adult sons Noah and MacNeil will tell you their mom has always been pretty bossy, but they love her anyway.