Luminary Global



Jennie L. Walker, Ph.D., PHR

Dr. Walker consults with organizations around the globe on their talent and organizational development needs, providing them with new insights and solutions.  She also coaches groups and individuals in leadership and career development.


Her professional expertise is drawn from many years of experience spearheading leadership development within several Fortune 500 companies across cultures and industries.  She has worked in adult learning and performance since 1995, designing and facilitating development in leadership, communication, inclusive diversity practices, performance management, employee engagement and human resources management. She has orchestrated executive leadership development since 2002, delivering programs and coaching for senior leaders and executive teams.  Jennie has personally served in manager and executive-level roles at Marriott International, University of Colorado Boulder, Thunderbird School of Global Management and Arizona State University.


Jennie has deep experience working with culturally diverse business partners around the globe.  She has direct study and work experience in Spain, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru,  Suriname and India, along with extensive international travel.  She is fluent in Spanish. 


Dr. Walker received her Ph.D. from University of Denver in 2011.  Her research focus was in global leadership development.  She then was invited to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at Thunderbird School of Global Management with the Najafi Global Mindset Institute.  Following her post-doc, she served as Director of Dynamic Learning for the Najafi Global Mindset Institute and later Director of Online Learning for Executive Education at Thunderbird.  In these roles, she provided leadership and strategic insights in dynamic executive learning and leadership development for Thunderbird business partners and executive education faculty in both custom and open enrollment programs.  Dr. Walker also taught executive education courses in Strategic Global Leadership and facilitated sessions on Global Mindset Development for both MBA and executive education students at Thunderbird. She is currently lead faculty for Leadership degrees at the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University, as well as a visiting professor for the global leadership Ph.D. program at Indiana Tech.


Jennie shares her insights as a professor for graduate-level programs in organizational development and leadership.  She has also been an invited speaker at professional and academic conferences, including Academy of Management (AOM), Society for Human Resources Management Annual International Conference (SHRM), SHRM conferences on Diversity & Inclusion and Strategy, International Leadership Association (ILA), Association for Talent Development (ATD), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Human Capital Institute Global Talent Management Summit, Academy of International Business conferences, and DU Diversity Summit, among others.  Dr. Walker has presented key note sessions for community and business leaders through the Valley Leadership organization (Phoenix, AZ).  


She is a skilled researcher, sharing her findings in both academic and practitioner publications.  Jennie has been published in the Journal of Management Education, Advances in Global Leadership, HR People & Strategy Journal, SAGE Business Case Series, AIB Insights, The MBA Women's Guide to Success, an award-winning HR blog on global leadership for SHRM We Know Next, and she was the Management Tools columnist for Inside HR Magazine in Australia (2013-2017).  She is the author of several book chapters on experiential learning, global leadership, and dynamic learning methods.  She has an affinity for researching lesser explored cultures, as well, and has authored research reports on society and business practices in Suriname, French Guiana, and Haiti.  In 2013, Dr. Walker co-authored a book entitled "Developing Your Global Mindset: The Handbook for Successful Global Leaders." Her dissertation research, “Do Methods Matter in Global Leadership Development?” used both quantitative and qualitative research methods to reveal the degree to which different learning methodologies impact global leadership development.