Remembering Jean Barbazette

07/24/2019 2:15 PM | Denise Ross-Admin (Administrator)

Jean Barbazette was a long-time member and supporter of the ATD-Orange County Chapter. Her contributions are many and her generous heart and spirit will be greatly missed.

A message from the team at the Training Clinic:

A Legend Never Dies...

Our hearts are heavy as we announce this heartbreaking news.

Jean Barbazette , the founder of The Training Clinic, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2019, following a 26-year battle with breast cancer.

Jean was not only our founder, she was our mentor, our role model and, above all, our friend.

As the founder of The Training Clinic, Jean grew a single consultancy to an international training organization with a field staff of 25 and three international licensees. She and Training Clinic trainers have trained over half a million trainers.

During her illustrious 40+ year career, Jean was a highly recognized leader in our field. Here are just some of her achievements and honors over the years:

1.  Author of the following books, some which have been translated and reprinted in China:

  • Successful New Employee Orientation, ©2007, Pfeiffer
  • The Trainer’s Support Handbook, ©2001, McGraw Hill
  • Instant Case Studies, ©2004, Pfeiffer
  • The Trainer’s Journey to Competence, ©2005, Pfeiffer
  • Training Needs Assessment, ©2006, Pfeiffer
  • The Art of Great Training Delivery, ©2006
  • Managing the Training Function for Bottom-Line Results, ©2008, Pfeiffer
  • How to Write Terrific Training Materials, ©2013 Pfeiffer and ASTD co-published

2.  In addition to sole publication, Jean also authored and contributed chapters to the following:

  • McGraw-Hill Training and Performance Sourcebooks in 1999, 2000 and 2001, 2002, and the Pfeiffer Annuals in 1993, 2004, 2005
  • “Self-Directed New Employee Orientation” in What Smart Trainers Know, © 2001 Jossey Bass
  • ASTD Training & Development Sourcebook, 2002 and 2003
  • ASTD handbooks in 2008 (1st edition) and 2014 (2nd edition)

3.  Jean was a sought-after speaker at Training Magazine, International Society for Performance and Instruction (ISPI), International Federation of Training & Development Organizations (IFTDO), Los Angeles and Orange County ATD (Her home chapter) ATD National and ATD’s TechKnowledge conferences.

4.  Jean received the following awards and recognition:

  • "Outstanding Contribution" award Los Angeles Chapter ASTD in 1979 for her work in "Position Referral".
  • “Catholic Woman of the Year in Orange County” nomination, Precious Life Shelter (PLS), 1996. Serves on the Board of Directors and volunteers at PLS. PLS serves homeless pregnant women. Awarded for her dedication and continuing commitment to the shelter since 1994.
  • Three awards from Orange County ASTD: President’s Award, 1998 for twenty years continuous and outstanding service, Distinguished Service Award, 1999; Award of Merit, 2003.
  • Featured in T&D Magazine "Long View" column, June 2010.
  • Her BEST-SELLING book, "Successful New Employee Orientation," Pfeiffer ©1994 was nominated by HR Executive Magazine as the book of the year. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) gave the book an "Honorable Mention" in its 1994 book of the year competition. A second edition was released in June 2001. Jean was cited as an authority on orientation on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on October 13, 1998. This article was later reprinted in the San Francisco Chronicle. A third edition was released in 2007.

In her “spare” time, Jean served as President of the Women’s Guild at St. Anne’s Parish, was on the board of directors and also served as President for the Navy Golf Course Women’s Golf Club and was on the Board of Directors for Precious Life Shelter.

Most importantly, Jean was also a beloved wife, mother and very active grandmother to her three granddaughters.

Please join us in celebrating the life of this remarkable woman.

Cheers to you, Jean, you will be greatly missed but always remembered!


Melissa, Maria & the entire Training Clinic Family

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