Paulette Turner


“Standing Tall…Reaching Back” is the way Paulette Turner chooses to live, serving as a mentor/champion to benefit others. Born in Miami, Florida, Ms. Turner spent her formative years in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned an undergraduate degree in Biology from Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

During her career at IBM Corporation Paulette held positions in sales, marketing, sales training, sales executive management, and human resources, Paulette’s latest position with IBM was as Director, Sales Transformation and Learning for IBM Americas where she led sales training and leadership development for all sellers, sales managers and sales executives in the United States, Canada and Latin America. During this assignment, Paulette gained international experience and traveled extensively, training the global learning team in the successful programs initiated by the Americas’ learning team.

An accomplished speaker and facilitator of leadership change initiatives, Paulette has been a featured speaker and workshop facilitator for numerous organizations. She is the designer, developer and facilitator for the acclaimed PATHSForward® program, a development program for aspiring leaders, sponsored in partnership with the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Turner is active in her community, serving through her involvement in various organizations, including as board member on the Texas Christian University – M.J. Neeley School of Business International Board of Visitors, Secretary of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre Board of Directors, and President of the Fort Worth Chapter of Links, Incorporated, a women’s service organization. The recipient of numerous business and community awards throughout her career, Paulette was named a Texas Woman of Influence by the Fort Worth Business Press, Outstanding Woman of the Year by the Fort Worth/Tarrant County Minority Leaders & Citizens Council and she was featured in Women in Motion: Insights and Lessons From Accomplished Businesswomen by Bette Price.

As an executive coach, Paulette is certified in the Center for Creative Leadership methodology for skill assessment, in the Birkman Method®, and in the Sherpa Executive Coaching methodology through the M.J. Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University. She received certification from the Leader to Leader Institute to facilitate Peter Drucker’s “Five Most Important Questions”, focused on helping leaders in the social sector achieve breakthrough results. She was recently certified in the KornFerry suite of leadership assessment instruments. Paulette also serves as a Chapter Chair for the Fort Worth Chapter of the Women Presidents’ Organization.