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Jill Cruz, PhD, SPHR, GCDF

Jill Lynch Cruz of JLC Consulting is a career and leadership development consultant and coach who partners with individuals and organizations in the career and talent development space. JLC provides individual career and leadership coaching services for executives and mid-level career professionals with their career development goals and strategies. This encompasses exploration and transition strategies, career management and planning, as well as leadership development training and executive coaching. JLC also offers customized training programs on a variety of topics related to career and leadership development and workforce diversity issues for organizations and groups. JLC has over 20 years of senior level human resource management experience, including as the Chief Human Resources Officer for an AmLaw 100 DC-based law firm. She holds a doctorate in Organization and Management from Capella University, a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland. She is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). She also serves also an Adjunct Professor and Dissertation Chair for the University of Phoenix Graduate School of Business and Technology. Dr. Cruz is actively involved in research and writing on topics primarily related to Hispanic women in leadership roles and serves as an expert lecturer and frequent presenter at legal industry events, legal bar association conferences and peer-reviewed management symposiums, including the Academy of Management. She has also served as a member of the Research Advisory Board for the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession and researcher, author, and current Commissioner for the Hispanic National Bar Association Commission on Latinas in the Legal Profession.

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School of Advanced Studies