John Yancy Odom, Ph.D., is President of Odom & Associates. Founded in 1985, it is a firm specializing in Human Resource Development (HRD). Dr. Odom is recognized for his expertise in a variety of HRD topics. The services of Odom & Associates include speaking, facilitation, executive coaching, public information and research.
Dr. Odom 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, and religious and other non-profit corporations.
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 Board of Trustees, 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.
In addition to his duties as President of Odom & Associates, Odom currently serves as President of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, a teaching center to promote economic independence among black youth. He serves as Chairman of the Education Committee for the Wisconsin State NAACP. He is a member of the Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and directs the Teacher Recruit, Education and Placement project for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Dr. Odom earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with emphasis on Human Relations.