Jalali Group

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Our history:

Hi. My name is Adnan Jalali and I'm the founder of The Jalali Group. About 15 years ago, I came across a book that set me on a journey of trying to understand what it means to be a leader. This journey has taken me through many life transitions starting as a teacher, coach and department head in schools in Texas and Qatar; to leading two school turnarounds in Texas and the Virgin Islands; to becoming a business coach, speaker and trainer and launching my own international consulting firm, The Jalal Group in 2014.
The means may have changed, but the goal has always been the same for me: To positively impact as many lives as possible through leadership, education and love.
At the Jalali Group, in a very short period of time, we've developed leaders and teams in corporations, foundations, non-profit organizations, universities, startups and small to medium sized businesses in the United States and Colombia, South America. We've worked with companies ranging from sales of 3 million dollars (US) per year to 7 billion dollars and in sectors ranging from healthcare, education, tech startups, transportation, government and finance. You can see some of the companies that we work with on the final pages of this portfolio.
We may be a young company, but we're passionate about improving organizations through improving their leaders and teams. We GROW your organization by GROWING your people.
On a more personal note, I named the company after my father, who like many others who migrated to the United States, worked several jobs and long hours to support his wife and 5 children. He gave up an excellent position overseas in order to give his children better opportunities for education and future success . He struggled so that we wouldn't have to. This spirit of service, dedication and excellence that my father taught me, is what we at The Jalali Group bring to our clients. All of us at The Jalali Group are delighted and honored to have the opportunity to add value to you and your organization. We look forward to helping your organization grow and achieve greater levels of success.

Adnan Jalali

Adnan Jalali served as a certified school teacher and principal in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Qatar for 13 years. After leading two school turnaround projects, he decided to dedicate his life to developing leaders and teams and became a Leadership Trainer, Executive Coach and International Keynote Speaker. He has provided guidance, leadership and consultation for non-profit organizations and corporations in sectors ranging from Healthcare, finance, tech entrepreneurship, transportation, universities and business associations in the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States. Having been trained by the world's #1 Leadership Trainer, Dr. John C. Maxwell, he is a Certified Trainer, Coach and Speaker for the John Maxwell Team. He is also a certified practitioner of (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and the founder of The Jalali Group, a Consulting firm focused on Leadership & Personal Development. Adnan received his Bachelor's Degree in Geography with a concentration on Resource and Environmental Studies from Texas State University, and his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston.

Brandon Denton

As a former minor league baseball player and Community Relations manager with the Houston Astros professional baseball team, Brandon utilizes his background in sports to inspire and uplift others. Brandon is a certified coach, speaker and trainer with the John Maxwell Team and is the youngest member of the JMT President's Advisory Council. Brandon holds degrees in Psychology and Sports Management. He is a BIG with Big Brothers Big Sisters, leads the Youth Mentoring Round Table with the Texas Women's Empowerment Foundation, and has delivered keynote lectures to Texas Southern University's Sports Studies Leadership Association and Sport Management program. He has also taught youth leadership development at the Astros Urban Youth Academy among many others. Brandon is married and currently resides in Houston, Texas.

Edwin Barbosa:

Over a 17 year period, Edwin has been a consultant in the areas of marketing, distribution, leadership and entrepreneurship while working with some of the world's largest companies in various sectors such as: Kimberly Clark, Intel, Samsung and LG. Having studied leadership with the world's #1 leadership trainer, Dr. John Maxwell, Edwin has trained leaders throughout the country of Colombia in non-profit foundations, universities and corporations in healthcare, finance, technology and transportation. Edwin is passionate about personal and professional development and is married with three children.

Juan Manuel Escobar:

As a surgeon at the National University of Colombia, part of Juan's focus is on improving the physical health of his patients; however as a master practitioner and instructor in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) he is also an expert on how to improve mental health. It's with this knowledge of body and mind that Juan has had a major positive impact on many lives. Juan has a wealth of experience as a trainer having worked with large corporations in the countries of Colombia and Ecuador. He is a former internal auditor at the corporate level working with international standards: OHSAS 18001: 2007 safety and health at work and ISO 9001: 2008 quality. Juan received his Degree in general medicine with specializations in occupational health from the University of Manuela Beltran and Medical Surgery from the National University of Colombia in Bogota.

William Bocanegra:

As a retired Lieutenant Colonel and Aviation Manager of the Colombian Air Force and a practicing and licensed Electronic Engineer, William understands the importance of creating and managing systems within organizations. After a fulfilling career, William decided to follow his true passion and purpose and become a coach, speaker and trainer. William is a certified leadership trainer with the John Maxwell Team and is a certified practitioner and coach of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). He is also a certified master in Primordial Sound Meditation Techniques with the Chopra Center and a certified Elite Trainer with Total Potentials. William received his Degree in Electrical Engineering from Central University and previously served as an aeronautical administrator at the Military University of Nueva Granada in Bogota. William is married and has two children.

Linda Peña:

As an administrator of finance and sales, Linda has helped numerous multi-national corporations increase efficiency and improve their bottom line. Having worked in various industries such as: Insurance, Healthcare and Telecommunications, Linda has a breadth of experience on an international level. Her expertise includes: negotiation, market research, public relations and sales team development. Linda has a Degree in Marketing and Logistics from Corporate University Unitec in Bogota, Colombia.

Karim R. Ellis

Karim R. Ellis is a Dynamic Motivational Speaker with 10 years of experience in the field of speaking, training, and coaching. Karim takes pride in developing both leaders and champions. His sole desire is to create an atmosphere of greatness in the lives of the people he connects with on a daily basis. He is also an active member of both the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters International.

As a certified member of the John Maxwell Team, he has spoken and taught Leadership and Teambuilding principles to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies like General Electric, Anthem, Kroger's and more.

All successful organizations understand that effective leadership is at the heart of every business and The John Maxwell Team prides itself on Leadership Creation and Development. As a Leadership trainer, Karim has several programs specifically designed to help take your Leaders to the Next Level.

When Karim delivers a message, he absolutely makes sure that the room "gets it". If you are looking for a fun, engaging, entertaining, and inspiring motivational speaker that will leave your group amazed….. Karim R. Ellis is definitely it!!!!!
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Bogotá D.C. - Colombia Teléfono: (57) 3187480183