Janis Dietz, Ph.D.
1997 Ph.D. The Claremont Graduate University, Executive Management
1984 MBA California Polytechnic University
1971 BA, English, the University of Rhode Island
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia.
My father worked for the federal government for 30 years. I am a second generation American and am thankful for that every day. I have a sister in Pennsylvania, a brother in Ft. Lauderdale, and 3 grandnieces/nephews. Mynephew, Commander Joshua Lasky, is part of General Petreaus’s staff in
Career: I spent 17 years in the hardware/home center industry, starting with General Electrice, after being in the grocery business for about 5 years. It was all in sales and sales management. I left Johnson&Johnson when their disposable diaper business
lost in competition with Procter&Gamble. The last 10 years were with the Masco Corporation, which owns Delta Faucet and other leading brands.
I decided to get a Ph.D. in 1991 because of progressive multiple sclerosis. Though I did not want to leave my wonderful career, I have found that teaching has its own benefits. I never call myself an academic because I am a salesman whose primary responsibility is to my customers (you).
Consulting: Most of my consulting is in public speaking, sales training and customer service. Dr. Yvonne Smith and I helped Monte Vista Water District write a strategic plan last year as part of the Center for Strategic Thinking at the University of La
1. Board of Trustees, Hillcrest Retirement Community
2. Board of Directors, PVW, (hires developmentally disabled adults)
2000: “Go Beyond Physical Adversity and Live your Life to the Fullest.” Demos Publishing, New York
2007: “The 3 Simple Secrets of Success after the Diploma: Integrity, Persistence, and Discipline. iUniverse.
The Journal of the Academy of Business Administration: Execuutive MBA programs.
The Journal of Consumer Marketing—various book reviews over 10 years
The College Student Journal—June, 2010: “The Myth that Major Matters in Johnny’s Future.” Marketing News