Executive Coach: Peggy Jablonski

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Peggy JablonskiPeggy Jablonski, Ed.D

Organizational Consultant and Coach

Margaret (Peggy) Jablonski is an organizational consultant and coach who specializes in managing change, leadership development and building effective organizations. Peggy works with colleges, nonprofits, and small businesses to foster a culture of success, develop authentic leaders and strengthen diverse teams through interactive retreats, workshops and individual coaching experiences. She also conducts organizational reviews of individual departments or entire organizations to increase alignment with strategic priorities and meet changing demands for services. With two decades of consulting experience, she has guided faculty and staff from dozens of colleges to advance change, improve services, and implement transformational programs.

Dr. Jablonski served more than thirty-five years as a higher education administrator and faculty member, including as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UNC Chapel Hill and Dean for Campus Life at Brown University. Over the course of her career in education, Peggy provided oversight to a variety of administrative areas (up to $120 Million budget and 1000 employees) including enrollment services (admissions/financial aid/transfer services), housing, health care, counseling, police, athletics, dining, diversity programs, student activities and dean of students offices. Peggy pursued teaching at the graduate level full time in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, serving on the committee to develop a new doctoral curriculum in educational leadership. Dr. Jablonski also held adjunct faculty positions during her time in North Carolina at UNC Chapel Hill and NC State. Her research interests include women and leadership, organizational change, and the spiritual development.

Peggy’s service to the profession includes four years as the Editor of the NASPA Journal and leadership roles on the Regional and National Boards of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators. Peggy served as Co-Editor of the NASPA monograph on dealing with campus violence after the Virginia Tech incident. A current member of the International Women’s Forum and the MA chapter, she continues to mentor women and men in higher education across the country.

Dr. Jablonski has presented at many national and international conferences on a variety of topics including leadership, campus safety and crisis response, fundraising, and scholarship in student affairs. She was the keynote speaker at the Irish Student Services conference, and served on the Quality Assurance Review team for the National University of Ireland- Maynooth. A dual citizen with Ireland, Peggy enjoys international travel and learning experiences in a variety of cultures. Recent retreats and educational programs include Morocco, Peru, Costa Rica, England, Ireland, Trinidad, Cuba and Spain.

Peggy’s service includes the Boards of the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, member of the Community Preservations Committee in Brewster, and fundraising for many women’s organizations. She currently lives on Cape Cod and volunteers as a consultant with Cape Rep Theater in Brewster. Peggy recently pursued her interest in yoga to become certified as a yoga instructor, combining Eastern and Western approaches to healthy living. She also completed certification for coaching through the Gestalt Center, Strengths Coach training, and is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

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Ellen Heffernan

President - Spelman Johnson

Ellen Heffernan graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in economics and government. She joined Spelman Johnson in 1996, after a ten-year career in higher education that included positions at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a national speaker and writer on topics related to recruiting and professional development in higher education and serves as faculty for several national higher education association professional development programs. Ellen also currently serves on the executive board of the National Association of Executive Recruiters.