Educator • Speaker • Leader • Motivator
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 Leader • Motivator • Communicator

Great thought-provoking, motivational speaker!
Jim made it about us, not him. Uplifting!
— Jennings Educators Institute attendee

Recognized as a dynamic international and national speaker and strategic advisor, Jim Mahoney brings more than 40 years of experience as an educational leader and entrepreneur to inspire, motivate, and challenge audiences from across the globe. Jim’s long-time experience as a district and county superintendent and launching and leading a large national not-for-profit organization, have made him an expert in areas such as strengths-based leadership, culture and engagement, and change management.

A highly sought-after speaker and advisor, Jim has a natural gift for connecting with audiences’ hearts and minds, motivating leaders to embrace their strengths, stretch in new areas, and work together around a common sense of purpose. His stories bring people together and communicate complex ideas with simplicity. 

Clients who book Jim will benefit from a memorable, educational, and inspiring experience. Let Jim tailor a keynote, workshop, or coaching engagement for your audience and specific needs.

Thank you so much for your presentation for our graduate nursing students. The real-world experiences you shared helped to inspire them on their leadership journey and they were most appreciative!
— Ohio University School of Nursing Associate Director




Jim's passion for education and dynamic storytelling leave audiences inspired, engaged, and motivated to impact change. Are you looking for an engaging, dynamic speaker that will not only entertain and keep your audience engaged, but also inspire and motivate your team to truly transform your organization? 


For many, attending a professional development or team-building workshop is just a way to get out of the office. How can you ensure your team gets the most out of workshops and professional development, and comes away with a clear vision for moving forward together? 


How can you get to know the people in your organization and understand what drives them? How can you capitalize on people's strengths? How can you lead authentically, by example, to break down barriers, build buy-in, and achieve impactful change?


Jim has made hundreds of speeches across the globe to diverse audiences. Following are just a few of those organizations:

Professional Associations
AASA: The School Superintendents Association

Alabama School Boards Association

Association of Educational Service Agencies

Association of Ohio Health Commissioners

Buckeye Association of School Administrators

Kentucky School Boards Association

National Rural Education Association

New York State Association of School Personnel Administrators

Higher Education

Brown University

Franklin University

Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University


Addison Local Schools (NY)

Amanda-Clearcreek Local School District (OH)

Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District (OH)

Coopersville Area Schools (MI)

Metro Nashville Public Schools (TN)

Upper Arlington Schools (OH)


Battelle Memorial Institute

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

TEDx New Albany



Big Brothers Big Sisters

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

Niswonger Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Centre for School Leaders, Ennis, Ireland

Hong Kong Manpower & Education Bureau

Phi Delta Kappa International

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Learn how you can book Jim for your next keynote speaker, workshop, or to help coach your team.


What's Jim Reading?

As an avid reader, Jim compiles a detailed summary of the books he reads. Each month, he sends a free summary of a different book to those who subscribe to his Book Notes. To receive this monthly email, subscribe below.