Lou Russell is the CEO of www.russellmartin.com and www.lplusearn.com, an executive consultant, speaker, and author whose passion is to create growth in companies by guiding the growth of their people. In her speaking, training, and writing, Lou draws on 30 years of experience helping organizations achieve their full potential. She is committed to inspiring improvement in all three sides of what she has dubbed the Optimization Triangle: leadership, project management, and individual learning.
Lou is the author of six popular and practical books: IT Leadership Alchemy; The Accelerated Learning Fieldbook; Training Triage Leadership Training; Project Management for Trainers and 10 Steps to Successful Project Management. Writing books allows Lou to share her passion to a broader audience to help people more efficiently.
As a sought-after international speaker to leaders, Lou blends her humorous stories with her engaging on-the-ground experience to customize her presentation, facilitation and teaching to the real problems of the people in the room. Encouraged by Lou’s upbeat and practical style, every participant leaves with new enthusiasm and tools to improve their bottom line through their people. Her motto is Lecture As A Last Resort. You will be moving, laughing, participating, inspired and challenged. Most importantly to Lou, you will learn.
Lou has spoken at over 300 conferences including the ASTD International Conference, Society of Information Management (SIM), Training, American Museum Association, Nursing Educators, Career College Association, LOTUSphere, Project Management Institute, Project World and at many corporate events for over 20 years. Of course, she barely looks old enough to have done all this.
Lou is a monthly columnist for Inside Indiana Business, Career Central, and The Link magazine. She writes her own monthly e-zine, Learning Flash, with a loyal readership of over 10,000 people internationally. She offers quarterly webinars on multiple topics, and has authored publicly available courses for Villanova University, Nielsen, Elluminate and ASTD. Lou serves on the boards of Butler University and ITT Technical Institute. Her background includes an “expired’” BS from Purdue University in Computer Science and an MS in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. She is the original queen mother of the local “Wine and Whine” group in Indianapolis, and past president of the local SIM chapter. She is a proud Vistage member. Her business, Russell Martin & Associates is a certified Woman Business Enterprise and a Project Management Institute partner.
In her spare time, she learns from her three daughters and husband, teaches religious education, and plays and coaches soccer (and occasionally sleeps). She is very excited to meet you and provoke you to get those business goals met through your people. Find out more at www.lourussell.com.
Books by Lou:
Project Management for Trainers
10 Steps to Successful Project Management
Leadership Development Info Line
The Accelerated Learning Fieldbook
IT Leadership Alchemy