John Gillis

Senior Fellow, Human Capital The Conference Board

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John Gillis

John Gillis

Senior Fellow, Human Capital
The Conference Board

Dr. John Gillis, Jr. is a Program Director and Senior Fellow in the Human Capital Center at The Conference Board. In addition, he facilitates, engages, and develops global executives in leadership and teamwork.

Leadership Development: The classroom immerses in an experiential next-generation, digital and high-fidelity business simulation… the Leadership Xperience. He transforms leaders in critical executive competencies to become high-performing.

Teambuilding Workshop/Keynote: This interactive workshop is based on his best-selling book, Powerhouse: 13 Teamwork Tactics That Build Excellence and Unrivaled Success. Leveraging coauthor Kristine Lilly’s US Women’s National Soccer Team experiences, he dynamically delivers how your organization can build Powerhouses: teams with great energy, strength and potential for success.

Consulting: Through collaborative business relationships, John delivers expertise focused on strategic planning, board alignment, talent management, change management and organization development.

Thought Leadership: Through The Conference Board Human Capital practice, he provides the world's leading organizations with the practical knowledge needed to improve their performance by focusing on key business issues. For the past nine years, he has provided brief, insightful and thought provoking weekly blogs, Leadership Xpressions. Previously, Dr. Gillis has worked for numerous companies globally as a management consultant.


  • Program Management Office for global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) ($200M+)
  • Global Talent Management Lead for largest global HR outsourcing contract ($1.1B)
  • Training lead for Delivery and Learning Management System for largest state contract ($899M)

His doctoral degree is from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and Wharton Business School (dissertation on Global Leadership Development. Giving back to the Austin community, John has served on the Board of Wonders & Worries, Scout Cub Master, coach of numerous youth sports teams, and the founder and president of non-profit CampLIFE.