Author, Speaker, and Educator

George A. Goens, Ph.D. is a prominent author, dynamic leader, recognized educator, and featured speaker. George has worked with public and private sector organizations on leadership selection, development, and assessment. Because of his experience and perspective, he has presented seminars and workshops on leadership and educational reform for regional, state, and national organizations and for school districts across the country. George has authored nine books and has written over 60 articles in journals and magazines on leadership and education. He has also presented seminars and workshops on leadership, school reform, and leading in a crisis at regional and state conferences and for organizations and school districts across the country. In addition to speaking engagements and writing, George served as a Wisconsin superintendent of schools for 15 years, where he was awarded the title of “Outstanding Educator”. He understands the real life dynamics of leading in a complex and changing environment, and can apply sound principles to the realities of practice.


As superintendent George faced many leadership challenges. He provided leadership to Wisconsin educators, students and families when it was needed most, after the tragic murder of an associate principal. George and his partner, Lou Esparo, formed Goens/Esparo, LLC a prominent consulting firm that for over 12 years specialized in public and private sector leadership searches, development, evaluation, and accountability. George was born in Chicago, Illinois, and earned a Ph.D. from the University Wisconsin. He lives in Litchfield, Connecticut.