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There is so much going on since Leading in Chaos was published. Check here regularly to learn
what’s been happening and what’s upcoming. 


If you would like to book I. J. for a podcast, book signing or appearance please fill out and submit the contact form. You will receive a response within 48 hours. Also follow I. J. on FaceBook and Instagram.

May 2021
Leading in Chaos 2021 Finalist Edward Hoffer Literary Award. This award recognizes freethinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit. Books are judged by independent panels and recognition is given to the best in 18 different categories. Over 2500 books were submitted. Winners are given prizes, honors and worldwide exposure, as well as being covered in the US Review of Books.



May 2021
Living Water Fellowship Church Lady of Grace Award was given to the author of Leading in Chaos, I.J. Neal, for overcoming traumatic loss, working through her darkness to achieve success in business and in literary achievement. Award winners receive a monetary award and media exposure.


April 2021
Podcast “Community Table Talks 2”.

In the closing segment, guest Irma Neal talks about her amazing and storied career in human services, including several significant roles as a Child Support professional in both the public and private sector.  In her “retirement” from that career, she is working as a Certified Financial Coach and a partner with Onyx Rising Financial Services. Irma shares with us a lot about how her career journey was based on a sense of “no fear”, and understanding that risk is critical to moving a mission forward and to providing opportunity to the people you are leading. We hope you enjoy this second edition of the Community Table Talk. 

March 2021
Leading in Chaos was selected by the international organization “Leadership First”
as a "must read" for leaders and managers. Leadership First has over 73,000 subscribers and offers international media exposure.


July 2020
Podcast “Tales from the Peak”.

Listen to the podcast episode with I.J. for an inspirational and enlightening discussion with host Maureen Leif as they discuss “Leading in Chaos.” I.J. provides insight into how she developed the management skills to lead in extreme chaos; how to never give up. With the civil unrest that is being displayed on American streets today, I.J. offers insight into how she dealt with racism, relaying the story of how she was the executive secretary to the grand wizard of the Klu Klux Klan and she provided some concrete steps all managers can take to assist in understanding people from different backgrounds, race and nationalities. Use the link below to listen:  

June 2020
Interview with TV Anchor Angela Cain:


In this audio interview, Angela interviews I.J. on how to “stay calm in the midst of chaos.” I. J. talks about her experience as a front line worker, manager, department head, deputy mayor; about the background that shaped her beliefs. She also provides concrete recommendations on how to stay calm when trouble is all around you! Take a listen to this 30 minute interview. You will not be disappointed.

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November 2019
Athens Georgia Book signing.


Sponsored by Beverly Coleman of Lincoln Heritage Insurance, the Leading in Chaos book signing was a hit! Check out the pictures!



March 2019
Administration of Children and Families Management Conference Washington DC:


A very successful workshop based on Leading in Chaos was presented to senior management/leaders from the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement.


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