John Michael works with clients to help them create and unlock customized leadership development opportunities for their organizations, communities and causes. His work draws from his experiences as an entrepreneur, artist, producer and educator.

For four years Schert served as the inaugural Visiting Artist and Social Entrepreneur at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he studied, and lectured on, the utility of the creative process; how the skills and behaviors of creatives can be of relevance and value to other sectors. He is the founding principal of the creative leadership consultancy, JMS & Company, an executive producer of Boise’s B Corp-certified Treefort Music Fest, and the founder of the American Ballet Theatre Leadership Lab.

He began his career as a dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. In 2004, he co-founded Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) serving as the company’s Executive Director and a dancer for nine years. During that time Schert gained a unique insight into the process and product of art-making, which has led him to become a sought-after national arts leader and speaker focusing on the evolving role of artists in American society.