Adena Johnston

Adena Johnston

Executive Coach, Leadership Coach, Transition Coach

Phone: 215-663-9299
Location: Pennsylvania. Works with clients globally.

Adena Johnston is the principal / founder of Complete School Solutions, an educational consulting and executive coaching firm in Cheltenham, PA. Her mission is to guide leaders, institutions, and learners towards long-term growth and success by helping them transform their perspectives and uncover new possibilities.

Adena brings 25 years of leadership and education experience to help people achieve their potential. She has coached and consulted with corporate and higher education executives, deans and managers, and adult learners. Johnston specializes in creating a transformative environment necessary to foster positive change, learning, and the achievement of results; all focused on the uniqueness of each individual and team.

Prior to starting her own organization Adena served as the Metro President of DeVry University overseeing their three Philadelphia campuses. She previously served as Dean of Academic Affairs for the Art Institute’s Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts; Director of Enrollment Management for Gratz College; Dean of Education and Career Services and then Executive Director for Thompson Institute, now a division of Kaplan, Inc.; and Director of Education and Career Services for the Katherine Gibbs School, now a division of Career Education Corp. Johnston has taught onsite and online classes for over ten years.

Affiliations/Professional Associations/Boards:

Adena Johnston was a member of the University President’s Council of Select Philadelphia’s Chamber of Commerce. She has served as an accreditation evaluator since 1998 for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). She has been affiliated with the Leadership Institute of the Career College Association (CCA) and with the Management Institute of the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators (PAPSA). Additionally, she was a member of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Council Advisory Board, and currently serves on the Cheltenham Township Human Relations Commission and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park.


Adena received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University and is currently studying for her MS (’13) in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a Coaching and Executive Leadership program at the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the Career College Association’s Leadership Institute.

"Partnering with Adena has truly been life changing. She has an amazing sense of awareness and is able to navigate complex issues creatively, while demonstrating the appropriate sensitivity needed in the moment. Adena is extremely insightful and very committed to my personal and professional development. It is with her guidance that I have made self-discoveries which will forever change the way that I interact with the world around me. I am truly grateful for her efforts and I look forward to our continued partnership."

"Adena Johnston has been instrumental in my development as a senior manager as well as my ability to implement and communicate solutions for higher productivity. She has a tremendous ability to communicate in a style that provides constructive feedback while role playing and teaching. Any company utilizing her services will benefit greatly and be happy they did"

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