Judith W. Umlas is Sr. Vice President, author and trainer at International Institute for Learning (IIL), a global corporate training company.  She is the publisher of IIL Publishing, New York, as well as the Publisher of allPM.com, the web portal for many thousands of project managers around the globe. She is the author of the ground-breaking book, The Power of Acknowledgment ©2006, IIL Publishing, New York, which has been credited with changing workplaces and lives by making use of the 7 Principles of Acknowledgment she developed. Her book on Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results was published by McGraw-Hill Professional in association with IIL in early 2013 and You’re Totally Awesome! The Power of Acknowledgment for Kids was published in late 2013 by IIL Publishing.

Judith delivers inspiring, motivational and transformational keynote addresses on Grateful Leadership and The Power of Acknowledgment all over the world. She also leads webinars and teaches full day virtual and traditional courses to organizations such as Volvo, the U.S. Army, Prudential, JMP Engineering, the World Bank, Fannie Mae, IBM, AT&T, Google, Amway, the New York Police Department and many others. She has trained tens of thousands of people through her leading edge, highly interactive and engaging courses and keynotes – with outstanding and longlasting results. Grateful Leadership and The Power of Acknowledgment are Judith’s passion and her mission!

Judith attended New York University, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts. After a year of high school teaching, she then entered the television industry, working for WCBS-TV as a writer / producer and manager for the next twelve years. During her time there, she was presented with the Heart of New York Award by then New York City Major Abraham Beame for an editorial she wrote and produced for the station.

After leaving CBS in 1983, Judith went on to spearhead the programming efforts at a New York City public television station (WNYC-TV) with the objective to both raise significant dollars and bring in television programs to the station. Services such as Japan’s Fuji Television Network and Italy’s RAI Television brought their programs to WNYC-TV during this campaign.

She later served as Director of Sales for TEMPO Television, where she worked with various global television producers, including the world famous Chinese television host/producer, Yue-Sai Kan, who worked with Judith to promote, sell and develop television programming for The Discovery Channel and business television programs for PBS.At around this time, Judith held the position of Vice President of American Women in Radio & Television.

 In 1992, Judith joined International Institute for Learning (IIL) as the Executive Producer of Global Satellite Television Broadcasts, featuring such renowned speakers as Dr. Joseph Juran, Dr. Genichi Taguchi, Dr. Margaret Wheatley and many others.At IIL, Judith formed IIL Publishing with IIL CEO E. LaVerne Johnson. She is currently the Publisher of both IIL Publishing and allPM.com, a web portal for project managers around the globe. Judith also serves as an IIL Leadership Trainer, traveling around the world teaching courses and delivering keynote addresses on Grateful Leadership and The Power of Acknowledgment to corporations, associations and government agencies.With the launch of IIL Publishing, she officially began her book writing career under the auspices of International Institute for Learning.

Judith has written for numerous publications, including: Working Woman magazine, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune. Her books have been featured in Ladies Home Journal, Forbes, Huffington Post, Mondo Brasil, and Better Homes & Gardens.Her writing career began while pregnant with her first child and working fulltime at CBS. In 1986, she penned an article published by Working Woman Magazine: How NOT to Talk to a Pregnant Businesswoman. The piece unexpectedly made her the go-to expert on the topic, leading to a feature appearance on Good Morning America as well as a guest spot on about 200 radio programs.Since 1986, she has authored three books: The Power of Acknowledgment, Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results, and the more recent You’re Totally Awesome! The Power of Acknowledgment for Kids.


Her first book – The Power of Acknowledgment – was released in 2006 by IIL Publishing. The book highlighted the importance of recognizing those around you as well as their accomplishments. Many have praised the book for being a true eye-opener. Yue-Sai Kan applauded the “PoA,” saying, “Having known and worked with Judy Umlas for over 20 years, I must admit that a lot of what I am today is because of her. I love her book.” The Power of Acknowledgment has been adopted by International Institute for Learning as an orientation guide for all new hires.


Judith’s second book – co-published by McGraw Hill and IIL Publishing in 2013 – addresses the benefits of better engaging employees and building a strong workplace culture where people feel valued and produce their best work. Richard D. Vega, SVP, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney called the book, “A must-read for any manager or team leader in any corporation.”The concept has been the inspiration for many of Judith’s webinars, training courses and in-person speeches


Her latest foray into authorship tackles the subject of negativity – with a strong anti-bullying message – in today’s youths. You’re Totally Awesome! The Power of Acknowledgment for Kids follows the stories of eight real children, some of whom find themselves falling victim to negative situations they feel uncertain about how to deal with. During their struggles, they either practice or witness the Power of Acknowledgment, which ultimately brings about a positive outcome for all.

Judith regularly leads both onsite and virtual courses on Grateful Leadership and The Power of Acknowledgment. She has led many Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter meetings and was a featured speaker at the PMI ISSIG Annual Conferences in ’07 and ’08 . Judith also co-led a session at the PMI Global Congress in 2007 and was chosen again to present in 2008 at both the Global Congress and the Leadership Institute. In 2009, she delivered a keynote address at the IPMA Conference to 800 project managers in Helsinki, Finland, the closing keynote address to Recognition Professionals, International in 2010, and the American Society of Association Executives Executive Leadership Forum in Quebec City in 2013. She was the keynote speaker addressing 500 project managers at PMI’s Mega Seminars World Conference in 2011.Judith has taught onsite courses at many organizations, including Armstrong Industries, T-Systems, Gateway Engineers, The World Bank, Volvo AB, MD Anderson, Wartsila in Finland, the NANA Development Corporation, headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska and the Westervelt Company. 

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