iQ Speaker: Jeana King

Paul Harris Fellow | Human Resource Generalist/Talent Acquisition – Smith Technologies

Jeana has 35 years’ experience in a broad range of administrative and leadership roles in a variety of businesses, including her own where she consulted with small businesses addressing human resource concerns and providing various human resource training seminars. Her work experience includes human resource management, marketing, sales, corporate training, and general management.

She has served on numerous boards, notably rising to president of the Northwest Human Resource Management Association, and also served with the NAACP.

Jeana is the co-founder of two nonprofit organizations that provide a unique, holistic model for education and address poverty and economic challenges in Kenya. During her 15 years working in Kenya, she started the first completely free secondary school, which scored #1 in the district when it sat for its first national exam; worked with a member of the Kenyan Parliament to amend The Basic Education Act to do away with standardized testing and to implement critical and creative thinking into its curriculum; received the honored Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award; and a book about the success and challenges of her work in Kenya was published in May 2013, Beneath The Baobab Tree – Where Poverty Dies and Hope Begins by Kris Coffin Stevenson.

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