About Doug Eadie

Doug Eadie & CompanyFounder 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 CEOLeading Out-of-the-Box ChangeBuilding a Rock-Solid Partnership With Your BoardMeeting the Governing ChallengeExtraordinary Board LeadershipGoverning at the TopFive 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.

Doug’s High Impact Governing Model is a powerful and very practical approach to building board-CEO partnerships…

Sue Buchholtz
President & CEO
Evergreen Life Services

I received more personal thank you notes and emails than any other year when Doug Eadie shared how to be a “board savvy CEO.”

Cheryl Ronk, CAE
President
Michigan Society of Association Executives

Doug helped us transform a really good Spokane Transit Authority Board into an even stronger governing body.

Susan Meyer, CEO
Spokane Transit Authority

Doug’s approach…created a high degree of board ownership of the recommended new committee structure.

James McGuirk, PhD - Executive Director & CEO
Astor Services for Children and Families

Doug has helped…to clarify our organization’s strategic directions and its strategic change targets.

Steve Bland - Former CEO
Port Authority of Allegheny County Capitol District Transportation Authority

Doug helped me and my Board Officers design and facilitate a really powerful daylong retreat. 

Lana Vukovljak - Former CEO
American Association of Diabetes Educators

With Doug’s assistance, our School Board’s Governance Task Force came up with a number of concrete improvements… 

Paul Dugan - Former Superintendent
Washoe County Public Schools

Doug’s presentation…provided participants with a fresh view of the Board/CEO partnership… 

Jeff Finkle - President & CEO
International Economic Development Council

The “Meeting the Governing Challenge” workshop that Doug presented for AENC member CEOs was a real success, engaging participants and providing them with lots of practical guidance. 

Jim Thompson - Executive Director
Association Executives of North Carolina

Doug’s work with the NLEP Governance Task Force has yielded a powerful return in terms of high-impact governing.

Kurt Foreman - Former President
North Louisiana Economic Partnership

Doug’s work… has taken our Board’s leadership to the next higher-impact level. 

Ronnie L. Bryant, CEcD, FM - President & CEO
The Charlotte Regional Partnership

Doug’s presentation on leading change…excited and inspired the audience.

Linda Kloss - Former President and CEO
American Health Information Management Association

Doug was a superb retreat facilitator — energizing and engaging participants while leaving them thoroughly satisfied.

David Gehm - President & CEO
Lutheran Homes of Michigan

With Doug’s help, we’ve laid the foundation for a rock-solid Board-CEO partnership at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. 

Virginia A. Jacko - President & CEO
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

The workshop Doug provided…was a real winner: substantive, insightful, and entertaining.

Joan Tezak - Executive Director
Colorado Society of Association Executives

Doug facilitated a really energizing retreat that kicked off our governance improvement effort.

Bill Scott - Former Executive Director
Kentucky School Boards Association