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I have had the great privilege of spending my life’s years interacting with some of the brightest, most innovative and stimulating people in our country, both in my work and private life. I spent twelve years learning from personal friend and great philosopher Allain Ramsay, who developed and presented his unique perspective on life and spirit. I spent five years learning from quality expert W. Edwards Deming, who developed his own system of profound knowledge, a system of producing better business, educational, and life results. And I’ve spent thousands of hours interviewing and talking with business leaders and consultants who act, each day, on the principles they’ve internalized and are thus effective leaders. It has been a joy to live my life getting to know these intellectual and business leaders who contribute to our world—leaders who cause me to think, and often re-think, my positions and understandings. (Sometimes I do that re-thinking being dragged, mentally kicking and screaming, to a new perspective, but I do learn.)

In my writings and video work I try to apply all that I’ve learned and bring to others the insights I’ve gained.

My current projects:
Op-ed pieces which apply Deming principles to current situations in business and politics
A book about The Procter & Gamble Company, concentrating on the past 30 years, including the present. This will show why P&G has survived and thrived for almost 175 years and how its senior executives have made this happen. I’m now in my 3rd year of work and have conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with P&G’s senior management, including the 5 living CEOs, 70-plus officers, present and retired, and 19 board members. They have been honest and direct. This will be a more personal look at the leaders of a Fortune 500 company over time—and why and how they have succeeded--than is usually done.

Bio Highlights

Wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column on people and management for 11 years. The column appeared locally in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Syndicated by Gannett News Service for their 80 or so papers. Interviewed well over a thousand people about business.
Wrote Harvard Business Review article: Interview with then Procter & Gamble CEO John Smale
Produced the Public Television program on W. Edwards Deming, quality guru, featuring Dr. Deming and CEOs of major corporations. On-camera interviewer. Traveled with Dr. Deming as he consulted with businesses and spoke about change at seven of his 4-day seminars. Owned rights and sold video/DVD, The Deming of America, as a business training video
Authored What’s in It for You and Your Firm: CEOs and Presidents Look at Community Involvement & Volunteerism, a book about the benefits to business of community service; based on interviews with corporate CEOs and Presidents
Authored Under a Lucky Star, a book about Cincinnatian Frederick Hauck
Appeared as an occasional guest commentator on management for the Public Television program Nightly Business Report
Conceived the Media Business Seminar. Brought all the CEOs of Cincinnati’s major businesses together with Media leadership and hosted an all-day and evening discussion of media/business issues
Co-Founded (with Oliver M. Gale) and was president, Cincinnati Oral History Foundation
Consulted with businesses and acted as writer through company, Petty Consulting Productions

Priscilla Petty graduated from Vanderbilt University and
attended the Linguistics and Russian Institute at Dartmouth College.

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