Jan Bolick

By: Coaching Coordinator

Jan Bolick

Jan is the founder and owner of Business Class.

She believes that work should be enjoyable – even fun – especially since most of us spend more time at work than anywhere else.

It drives her mad thinking about all the people who don’t enjoy their work.

From personal experience, backed by research, she knows that the most frequent reason people dislike their work is because of their leader or manager.  And that is the reason Jan chose to specialize in working with leaders to develop a take-charge, make-it-happen, inspiration style of leadership.

The result is improved morale and productivity.   Team members are more engaged.   And overall performance is higher.  It’s a win-win-win-win for everyone.

Some links of interest:  Coaching Programs and Clients.

In addition to a lot of passion about this,  Jan has thirty-plus years of experience in the business world  –  as a salesperson, manager, executive, coach, volunteer, trainer and business owner.

She also has a business degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and the following coaching certifications:

The above coaching certifications required 230  hours of classroom work, 40 hours of practice coaching and 800 hours of paid coaching hours.

From looking around on this site, you will see that Jan hasn’t stopped exploring and learning.  One of her favorite pastimes is interviewing business leaders –  looking for stories she can share with Business Class clients and subscribers.  Jan says:

“I learn new things every day and love sharing these lessons and insights with others.   It’s an absolute thrill for me when I hear that someone read, heard or saw something  – on our site,  in a retreat, workshop, or individual coaching session – that caused a shift or aha that enabled them to do their work better and enjoy it more.    Which usually enables them to take charge in more effective ways, make things happen and inspire others to do the same.”



Work Experience:

  • Employed by The Village Companies for 18 years:  Sales Representative at The Village Advocate for 1 1/2 years;  General Manager/Executive Vice President of University Directories for 16 years ( grew revenue from $100,000 to $7,000,000).
  • Founded Bolick Business Development in 1997; incorporated as Business Class in 2004.
  • Hosted a radio show featuring interviews with area business people – 2003 & 2004.
  • Created and produced daily business tips for the same radio station – 2003 & 2004.
  • Plus valuable pre-college/college work at:  Andrews-Summit Pharmacy, Burger King, Duke Energy, Good Will.  Plus various jobs as a paper delivery person, babysitter, house cleaner, cook, roofer and gardener.


  • UNC- Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration;  Awards – Order of the Valkyries, Society of Janus, Robert White Linker Award, Roger A. Davis Award; all for scholarship, leadership and service
  • The Management Development Institute – Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC- Chapel Hill
  • The Young Executive’s Institute – Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • The Excellence in Speaking Institute – Ty Boyd Enterprises
  • North Carolina State’s Training and Development Program
  • North Carolina Association of Personal & Business Coaches
  • American Society for Training and Development
  • Coach University – Certified Graduate
  • International Coach Federation – Professional Certified Coach

Community Work:

  • Founded & Directed Blanket Orange County – 2003 – present
  • Chapel Hill – Carrboro Chamber of Commerce;  Board of Directors 2004 – 2009;  Chair of Membership Committee 2006 & 2007;  Facilitator of the Women’s Roundtable 2004 – 2007; Chair of Inaugural Total Resource Campaign 2007;  member of various committees including Programs & Services, Business in Education & Strategic Planning.
  • Booster Club at East Chapel Hill High School;  Chair of Fall Fundraiser 2005; Co-President 2006-07 school year; Past Co-President 2007-08 school year
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation – Board of Directors 1998-2003; Chair of Fundraising Committee
  • One of top three selected for Business Woman of the Year in Chapel Hill-Carrboro – 2016 and 2017


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