About Doug

Founder and president of Doug Eadie & Company, Doug has spent over 25 years helping more than 500 nonprofit and public organizations to build higher-impact governing bodies, develop rock-solid board-CEO partnerships, update strategic directions, and take command of high-stakes change.  Doug has worked with public and nonprofit organizations of all shapes and sizes engaged in diverse fields, including: association management; health care; aging; education; public transportation; economic and community development; social services; children and family services; and more.

Doug Eadie has long been a nationally prominent thought leader who has helped to shape the fields of nonprofit and public leadership and management.  Developer of the powerful High-Impact Governing Model™ and the Change Investment Portfolio Process™, Doug is the author of 21 books, including The Board-Savvy CEO, Leading Out-of-the-Box Change, Building a Rock-Solid Partnership With Your Board, Meeting the Governing Challenge, Extraordinary Board Leadership, Governing at the Top, Five Habits of High-Impact School Boards, and The Extraordinary CEO in Public Transportation.  Doug’s over 100 articles and columns on board and chief executive leadership and strategic change management have appeared in such magazines and journals as the American School Board Journal (National School Boards Association),  Associations Now (American Society of Association Executives), Economic Development Journal (International Economic Development Council), Forum (Association Forum of Chicagoland), Nonprofit World (Society for Nonprofit Organizations), Passenger Transport (American Public Transportation Association), and School Administrator (American Association of School Administrators).

Doug has presented keynotes and workshops at annual meetings of such national organizations as the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the American Association of School Administrators, the American Bar Association, the American Society of Association Executives, the Association Forum of Chicagoland, the International Economic Development Council, and the American Public Transportation Association, among others.  He has also spoken at numerous state association meetings, such as the Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina Societies of Association Executives and K-12 education associations in California, Kentucky, Nevada, and Ohio, among many others.  

Before founding Doug Eadie & Company, Doug taught ancient history and English in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a Peace Corps Volunteer and served in a number of nonprofit and public executive positions, including state and city budget director and community college vice president.

Doug is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois-Urbana and received his master of science in management degree from the Weatherhead School of Case Western Reserve University.