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Founding partner of henning-showkeir & associates, inc.

In his consulting career, Jamie has advised hundreds of public and private sector organizations—from Global 1000 companies to entrepreneurial and non-profit enterprises—and aided in strengthening their results by distributing organizational power and influence. He also coaches internal and external business consultants, assisting in defining and developing their work. For nearly three decades, he has been helping individuals and organizations improve business results while creating workplaces where people can find meaning and purpose. His work is grounded in the belief that individual choice must be authentically engaged for organizations to successfully create cultures of accountability.

Jamie is also co-author with Maren Showkeir of Authentic Conversations: Moving from Manipulation to Truth and Commitment (Berrett-Koehler, 2008). A critically acclaimed business book, Authentic Conversations challenges conventional wisdom on key business and workplace practices and presents concrete new ways to consciously make ordinary conversations the primary driver of workplace change.

A sought-after thought leader and media source, Jamie has appeared in dozens of leading print and online publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Huffington Post, and CNNMoney.

Jamie earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and business education from Miami University, where he was a scholarship athlete, and a master’s degree in educational leadership at Eastern Michigan University. He is past president of the Berrett-Koehler Authors Cooperative and serves on the board of the downtown Phoenix YMCA.

A onetime century cyclist, Jamie enjoys cycling, traveling, reading, and music. He and his wife and business partner, Maren, live in Phoenix, Arizona.


Managing partner of henning-showkeir & associates, inc.

Co-author with Jamie Showkeir of Authentic Conversations: Moving from Manipulation to Truth and Commitment (Berrett-Koehler, 2008), Maren has worked with people in all types and sizes of organizations managing complex organizational change. Her expertise is in increasing business results by creating cultures of accountability. She is known and respected for her ability to navigate global and multicultural work environments and believes that any enterprise can achieve success when it authentically engages its people.

Maren's early career included work as a reporter, editor and senior manager in newsrooms in Arizona and Florida. As a two-time Knight Fellow for the International Center for Journalists, she taught senior-level journalism classes at universities in Argentina and Peru. While there, she also partnered with local journalists and academics to developi and lead workshops for provincial journalists.

A skilled and popular media source, Maren has made contributions as a writer and a source to newspapers, magazines, and Web sites, such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Women for Hire, and Leader to Leader Journal.

Maren graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and earned a masters degree in Human and Organization Development from Fielding Graduate University. She is fluent in Spanish.

A certified yoga instructor, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and music. She and her husband, Jamie, live in Phoenix, Arizona. Together they have four children and one grandchild.