Ginny Vanderslice, PhD

Virginia J. Vanderslice, PhD, is a Principal with Praxis Consulting Group and is the firm’s immediate past President, a position in which she served for 21 years since co-founding the firm. Praxis focuses on aligning leadership, culture and strategy to enhance organizational performance to increase share value for employee owners.

Ginny has more than thirty years of experience assisting employee-owned companies in the areas of leadership development and organizational culture transitions designed to maximize the opportunities that come with employee ownership. A major focus of her work during the last ten years has been designing and delivering leadership development programs that support the creation and maintenance of high performing ownership cultures and that deepen each firm’s leadership capacity.  Employee ownership brings both opportunities and challenges for leaders that are different from those in traditionally owned companies. To support the long term sustainability of employee-owned companies, her work includes assisting firms in creating succession systems that cover all key organizational roles, incorporating executive assessment and individual or group coaching where appropriate.

Ginny has published widely in both trade and peer review journals.  In addition to her work at Praxis, Ginny is a faculty member of the graduate program in Dynamics of Organization at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches courses on organizational change.  Ginny is the founder and Academic Director of a unique leadership development program for current and incoming CEOs/ Presidents of employee-owned companies.  The program is offered by the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with the Employee Ownership Foundation.

Ginny holds BS and MS degrees from Cornell University and a PhD in the social psychology of groups and organizations from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Ginny Vanderslice, PhD

Leadership Development and Succession in Employee-Owned Companies

Ginny Vanderslice and Kathleen McInerney Kane contributed the lead chapter Leadership Development and Succession in Employee-Owned Companies.

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Looking Back. What Have We Learned?

This article written by Ginny Vanderslice was published in the ESOP Association’s ESOP Report, August 2021.Many of us are breathing a sigh of relief for, we hope, successfully navigating the pandemic and in many cases coming out of it stronger than before.

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Webinar: Diversifying Your Company through Leadership Development and Succession Planning

This presentation by Ginny Vanderslice and Bob Dill was part of the National Center for Employee Ownership's Virtual Fall Forum conference in September, 2021.

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Webinar: Using Research to Build an Ownership Culture

On May 11, 2021, Ginny Vanderslice and Linshuang Lu hosted a webinar Using Research to Build an Ownership Culture for the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO).

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Book Review: Leadership Development BS

First, Pfeffer makes some important points in this about which we would agree. He makes a case, early in the book, that if all you are doing is teaching people "leadership" concepts such as "tell the truth," "be authentic," etc. and even skills then the leadership training won't be successful.

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Virtual Panel on Shared Ownership moderated by Ginny Vanderslice at Rutgers University

On January 9, 2021 Ginny Vanderslice moderated a virtual panel at the 2021 Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit.

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Webinar: The Leaders' Role in a Crisis

The current health and economic crises pose challenges no company has faced before. Unimaginable stresses to an organization's infrastructure, finances, cash flow, and employee owners all can tax leaders at the moment their organizations need them most.

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