Michael L. Venn, Ph.D. is a founding Partner of Tradewinds Consulting, LLC. He has more than twenty years experience as a consultant, leader, and educator. Before co-founding Tradewinds Consulting, LLC he was responsible for leadership development as the Director of Organizational Development at Kohler Co. and Director of the Amoco Management Learning Center at Amoco Corporation. He has consulted to numerous Fortune 500, smaller publicly and privately held companies, and government agencies. Mike's areas of interest and expertise are leadership development, strategy formulation and execution, change acceleration, assessment, organization development, facilitation, and training.

Dr. Venn’s work with the Manitowoc Company led to Tradewinds Consulting, LLC receiving a prestigious Excellence in Practice Citation from the American Society for Training and Development. Mike has presented and taught globally on the topics of leadership, change management, motivation, performance management, and the use of continuous improvement tools for planning and management. Mike is the co-author of The Manager as Leader (2006, Praeger Publishing).He also contributed a chapter to the book In Action: Conducting Needs Assessment (1995, American Society for Training and Development).

Mike earned his Ph.D. with an emphasis in computer-based training and testing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also earned a Masters in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mike can be contacted at 920-459-9462 or MikeVenn@TradewindsConsulting.com.