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Jan Nelson

Adjunct Associate Professor, Human Resource Management

Adjunct Instructor, Executive Education

  • Profile

    Dr. Jan Nelson is an executive coach, a global HR practitioner and a graduate level professor. Following a 30+ year career with GE Healthcare, she now coaches and consults with global firms, start-ups and nonprofits. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Mentor Coach with the International Coach Federation, and she partners with business leaders as they are navigating big changes — personal leadership transitions, team effectiveness, organization transformations. She is also an adjunct assistant professor/MBA lecturer at the University of Richmond, an Executive Partner at the Mason School of Business, College of William & Mary, and a recent graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond (2017).

    Nelson relocated to Virginia following her retirement from GE Healthcare in Milwaukee, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. As a global human resources leader, she collaborated with various Global P&L, Region and Functional business leaders to provide wing-to-wing HR strategy and operational support as GE Healthcare grew from $1B to $18B in global revenue. Career highlights included new organization launches, an Asia Region start-up, acquisition due diligence/integrations, large-scale change initiatives, Six Sigma, talent / workforce planning and global recruiting. She is a graduate of GE’s Human Resources Leadership Program, and she holds the GPHR, SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications in human resources.

    Concurrently, Nelson completed her doctoral degree at the George Washington University in 2018. Her dissertation research examined how senior executives in globally-integrated business enterprises navigate significant changes, as viewed through the lens of paradox theory. Her published research was recognized by Emerald Publishing with a 2019 Literati Award.

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    • Awards

      Literati Award, Emerald Publishing Group (2019)


      The Michael J. Marquardt 100 Research Fellowship, The George Washington University (2018)


      Golden Key International Honorary Society (2016)

    • Presentations

      Nelson, J. A.. (2018). Here be dragons: How global business executives navigate change and paradox. Research presentation made at the International Leadership Association Global Conference, Palm Beach, Florida, October 26, 2018.

    • Memberships

      Academy of Management


      Institute of Coaching


      International Leadership Association


      International Coach Federation


      Society for Human Resource Management

    • Professional Experience

      Principal (2013-Present)
      Nelson Coaching & HR Consulting, LLC, Richmond


      Global HR Leader (1981-2015)
      GE Healthcare, Worldwide (Mikwaukee, Wis.; Japan; Hong Kong; Singapore)

    • Certifications

      Executive Certificate in Polarities & Paradox, Georgetown University Institute of Transformational Leadership (2019)


      Advanced Strategic Human Resources Certificate, Cornell University (2011)


      Post-graduate Certificate in Evidence Based Coaching, Fielding Graduate University (2009)


      Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation (2009 - Present)


      Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) Human Resources Certification Institute


      Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Human Resources Certification Institute


      SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Society of Human Resources Management

  • Selected Publications
    Journal Articles

    Nelson, J. A. (2018). Here be paradox: How global business leaders navigate change. Advances in Global Leadership, 11, 3-30. https://doi.org/10.1108/s1535-120320180000011001