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Biographical Sketch – John Yancy Odom, Ph.D.

John Yancy Odom, Ph.D. is President of Odom & Associates – founded in 1985, it is a firm specializing in Human Resource Development. Dr. Odom is recognized for his expertise in a variety of HRD topics. The services of Odom & Associates include speaking, group instruction; facilitation; materials development and research.

Dr. Odom earned his Ph.D. in 1978 in Educational Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with emphasis on Human Relations. His B.A. was earned at Lane College – an HBCU. He has served in the following professional roles: teacher of English, Affirmative Action Officer, Director of Human Relations , middle school principal, academic specialist for UW-Madison and instructor in the graduate schools of Edgewood College and Cardinal Strich University. His book “Saving Black America: An Economic Plan for Civil Rights” has been well received nationally. John has consulted with a wide range of organizations including: Fortune 500 corporations; financial institutions, especially the three tiers of the credit union movement; federal, state and local governmental agencies; colleges and universities; school systems; trade associations; religious and other non-profit corporations.

He has founded the following organizations: The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, OfMyDreams.com, Mu Eta Lambda (graduate) Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; statewide Human Relations conferences for high school students and Blessed Hope C.M.E. Church. He is a life member of the NAACP and is a past president of the Madison Branch. He has served on the boards of the following organizations in his home town of Madison, Wisconsin: Dane County Big Brothers and Sisters; Community Centers; Urban League; Greater Madison Convention and Visitors’ Bureau; Edgewood High School and Schools of Hope. He has also served on the Advisory Board for the National Research Center on Improving Student Achievement in English and on the Diversity Oversight Committee for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

John has been selected to appear in “Who’s Who in African America” and in “Who’s Who In America” in the Marquis, Strathmore and Empire editions. He is the recipient of the following awards: the Martin Luther King Humanitarian of the Year Award, the 2002 James C. Wright Human Rights Award, and the Lane College Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement. He has been named by Madison Magazine as one of Madison, Wisconsin’s Seven Most Influential Citizens. Currently, in addition to his duties as President of Odom + Associates, he also serves as President of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute – which he founded – a teaching center to promote economic independence among youth of color.

For relaxation, John fishes, writes, sings and acts. He is the proud husband of Ann, a retired teacher, and the proud father of Nikki, an attorney.