James W Ruprecht
As Co-Founder & Partner at agilityIRL, I educate, coach and consult to motivated leaders at all levels in matters of organizational leadership and leading cultural change in order to achieve organizational agility. Based on my experience creating 9 new organizations, renovating 4 under-performing ones, and re-designing 2 that were not well positioned for the future, I have presented the pragmatic lessons I've learned for leading cultural change to local, national and international groups. I have also curated those lessons in my book, Windward Leadership: Taking Your Organization into the Prevailing Winds on Political Seas. An accomplished leader in real life, prior to founding agilityIRL I've held positions ranging from VP of IT, then a VP in Product Development, at a global, $5 million business unit of a Fortune 250 medical device manufacturer; to COO of a small, second stage, biopolymer engineering firm; to “chief digital officer” at a privately held general aviation aircraft manufacturer; to the startup of several “boutique” consulting firms. He has also served on several boards for non-profit and for-profit organizations. I live in Woodbury, MN. When not spending time with my now grown daughters and their families, I enjoy traveling, and a well-written and well-told story in any form, be it a book, play, movie, show, or song. My therapist is Dr. Harley Davidson.