Jan Ferri-Reed, Ph.D.

Dr Jan Ferri-ReedFor over 24 years, Jan, a seasoned consultant and President of KEYGroup, has worked with leaders to create cool workplaces that attract, retain, and get the most from their talent.  Her expertise, insight, wisdom, humor, and practical solutions have made Jan a highly sought-after speaker for keynote addresses, seminars, conferences, and workshops.  She has brought fresh concepts and effective techniques to executives and audiences around the globe.  Client favorites include the following topics:

  • Motivating and Retaining Talent:  Keeping Your Keepers
  • Keys to Creating the Productive, Profitable Workplaces
  • Why Keep The Ys?  The Keys To Creating Cool Workplaces To Retain Millennials
  • Maintaining Resilience

Among the organizations that have engaged Jan to deliver speeches, develop custom presentations, and provide consulting services are:  GlaxoSmithKline, Pitney Bowes, PPG Industries, Inc., U.S. Steel Corporation, SAE International, American Society of Association Executives, Transformer Association, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, National Association of Graphic and Product Identification Manufacturers, Inc., Bristol Myers Squibb, Bayer, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, and MTV Networks.  She is the co-author of the recently published book with Dr. Joanne G. Sujansky for John Wiley Publications,  Keeping the Millennials: Why Companies are Losing Billions in Turnover to This Generation and What to Do About It.  The book explains how Millennials are costing corporations around the globe billions in unnecessary, preventable turnover and provides a proven approach for creating a corporate culture that keeps them on the job and working productively.

Jan has been called upon by numerous media sources to provide guidance on leadership practices and productive workplace cultures.

Jan is an active member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the HR Leadership Forum, and Pittsburgh Human Resources Association (PHRA).  She has also served on the Board of the Association for The Arc and on the Advisory Board of the Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities.  Her doctoral work was completed at the University of Pittsburgh where her studies focused in the areas of consultant ethics and organizational development.  Additionally, Jan was an adjunct professor to the Human Resources Management Program at LaRoche University.

Her energy and sense of purpose translate into winning presentations that audiences applaud.  Packed with plenty of take-home value and on-the-job applicability, you can count on Jan’s presentations to provide you with the keys to unlock the leader within you, your team, and your organization.


"Dr. Ferri-Reed was an excellent speaker for our group of 35 nonprofit professionals. She tailored her presentation to the needs of the nonprofit sector and incorporated new material into her work. Thanks, Jan, for challenging us to think differently about how to do our work!"
~ Yvonne Van Haitsma, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University

"I thought Jan’s presentation was EXCELLENT. Great speaker, who knew the subject well and the topic kept my attention."
~ Mark O’Connor, Slippery Rock University

"One thing I liked about Dr. Ferri-Red’s presention was her use of concrete examples to illustrate important concepts – i.e. her discussion of the “pink pony award” as a fun engaging method of employee engagement. She was a strong speaker with a thoughtful perspective on intergenerational interactions in the workforce."
~ Heidi Bachman, Duquesne University

"This is a great book and a MUST READ for anyone who wants to understand the young people who are now or will soon join the workforce. It’s one of the most useful, value-added books about the Millennial Generation."
~ Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Management, University of Southern California, and author of On Becoming a Leader

"Are you confused trying to understand the younger generation? Keeping the Millennials explores this fascinating generation raised with technology and the challenges they bring to the workplace. Read this great book and learn how to attract, hire and retain this dynamic new generation!"
~ Marshall Goldsmith is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal #1 best-selling author of What Got You There Won’t Get You There and the recently published Succession: Are You Ready?

"Keeping the Millennials is a lively and insightful book that's essential reading for every leader who aspires to enlist the hearts, minds, and spirits of a highly talented new generation that demands cool workplaces but is reluctant to make long-term commitments. Weaving together compelling cases and relevant research with illustrative examples and practical tips, Joanne Sujansky and Jan Ferri-Reed have written a balanced and INDISPENSABLE GUIDE to recruiting, retaining, and developing the workforce that will drive the future of our organizations and our economies."
~ Jim Kouzes Bestselling coauthor of The Leadership Challenge

"I LOVE this book!!! It’s fresh as a ‘breaking news’ flash and as fun to read as your favorite blog! Definitely rates an ‘A+’ as timely, targeted and terrific. All managers will clearly see themselves and their employees in crisp new perspectives…and can easily latch on to precise tools to make their organization more competitive in a turbulent reality."
~ Morris Massey, Ph.D., creator of the What You Are Is… video training series, enterprisemedia.com

"The Millennials are coming!! In this important and timely work, you have the tips and tools that will assist you to more effectively acknowledge and appreciate the values, mores and culture of this growing element of our workforce. Based on the authors’ solid research, you will learn tested techniques to better understand Millennials and to create a more harmonious work environment. Take their advice and 'just do it.'"
~ Edward E. Scannell, CMP, CSP Past National President, ASTD, MPI and NSA Coauthor: McGraw-Hill's Games Trainers Play series

"The most successful organizations are those that achieve 'best in class' financial results while growing a vibrant culture built on trust and respect for individuals. Joanne and Jan have identified the priorities of the Millennials and have given us expert tools, advice and ideas to enable our organizations to be winners."
~ Bill Mills, VP - Human Resources GSK Consumer Healthcare North America

"In my 34 years with the University I can certainly be a testament to the Millennials being unique. This is a "MUST READ" for not only corporate leaders but, also, coaches and educators. It’s filled with practical tips based on solid research."
~ Carol Sprague Senior Associate Athletic Director University of Pittsburgh

"When I started to read this book, I couldn’t put it down. I know the importance of retaining high-performance employees who support patients and families at an extraordinary level of service. This book provides techniques and tools for understanding, managing and keeping this talented generation – and others as well. Thanks Joanne and Jan for this outstanding contribution to the field of leadership and talent management."
~ David Miles CEO The Children’s Institute

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Team Members

  R. Charles Sujansky
  Jan Ferri-Reed
  Kelly Parker Hanna
  Kenneth J. Kovach
  Cheryl M. Bunch