Peter James

Peter James

Location: Downers Grove, IL


Dr. Peter A. James is a certified executive and leadership coach dedicated to guiding executives and businesses on their journey from high performance to excellence. With a rich background and credentials, he has been a catalyst for successful sales, corporate education, training, and process redesign initiatives. His high-caliber leadership qualifications and proven track record underscore his ability to deliver value to organizations and customers.

Specializing in leadership development, transformational change, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, Peter's true passion lies in witnessing the transformative shifts that individuals and teams experience through executive and leadership coaching. His "coach-approach" to facilitation, training, and engagements is evident, helping clients achieve goals and objectives once considered out of reach.

Peter draws on a diverse professional background, having been an entrepreneur and owner of four businesses, held sales and marketing management roles within a Fortune 100 company, and served as an active-duty officer in the U.S. Army for over 8 years. His military experience honed his multitasking abilities, strong leadership, planning, prioritization, and project management skills under aggressive timelines, ensuring successful project closures.

As a Faculty Chair in a College of Business and a tenured professor, Peter's role has further amplified his capacity to effectively guide leaders in unwrapping their potential for enhanced performance. He firmly believes that leaders can discover their solutions, set goals, and devise strategies for change independently. However, he emphasizes the invaluable role of a coach-partnership in manifesting these criteria and achieving transformative outcomes.

Niche Areas of Expertise

  • C-Suite
  • Change Management
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Executive Presence
  • Intercultural Communications
  • Military & Veterans

Industry Experience

  • Education
  • Healthcare Systems & Services
  • High Tech
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products


  • English


  • Georgia State University - BS, Psychology
  • University of Phoenix - MBA, MBA
  • Capella University - PhD, Organization & Management


  • DiSC
  • ESCI
  • EQI
  • Lencioni - 5 Dysfunctions Team Coaching

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