A respected coach, mentor, and innovative thinker, Neil Samuels has worked with senior leaders on six continents to help them develop themselves, their teams and their organizations as they navigate through complex, large-scale change. As Senior Consultant with Jeffrey Strategic he helps executives and leaders attain high performance through neuroscience-based communication.
Neil devoted 27 years of his career to Amoco/BP in the US and West Africa, first as a geologist and then as an internal consultant. In his final internal role with BP, he worked in London as manager of organization development for Europe, leading a team of consultants serving 30,000 employees in 13 countries.
An expert in the field of Appreciative Inquiry, Neil served as adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. He has published in the education, management and organizational development fields in the US and UK and has presented his work at the Academy of Management, the National Safety Council Congress and the International Conference on Appreciative Inquiry.
Neil founded his own consulting firm, Profound Conversations, in 2006 to help leaders re-discover their strengths, clarify their commitments and fundamentally change their conversations. He believes that conversations characterized by depth and intensity lead to successful, lasting change.
Neil lives in Chicago, Illinois where he serves on the board of Project HELP, a non-profit dedicated to preventing child abuse through parent education and mentoring. In addition to his board duties, Neil works one-on-one with families and was recently named the National Exchange Club Parent Mentor of the Year.