For more than three decades, Ed has helped executive teams in a variety of industries around the globe execute their most urgent priorities – from new strategies to culture change to digital transformations.
In 2014, Ed became a founding partner of Conner Advisory, which was established for the sole purpose of providing guidance to non-profit and NGO leaders as they implement new strategies for transforming their organization’s impact. He has advised senior leaders at World Vision International, BRAC, Plan International, World YWCA, ChildFund International, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Medicins Sans Frontieres, Habitat for Humanity International, and Terre des Hommes International Federation. Conner Advisory clients are dedicated to advancing the quality of the human experience–facilitating these changes that matter.Prior to co-founding Conner Advisory with Daryl Conner, Ed served eight years as CEO of The Forum Corporation – a global leadership development and strategy execution firm. He was subsequently elected as a partner at PwC where he led their People and Change consulting practice. He currently serves as chief executive officer of Conner Advisory.
A recognized leader in the field of transformational change, Ed is a frequent speaker on issues relating to leadership and strategy execution with organizations such as InterAction (Washington, DC) and the International Civil Society Centre (Berlin). Based on research conducted with over 340 organizations around the globe, he co-authored Strategic Speed: Mobilize People, Accelerate Execution (Harvard Business Press, June 2010), which provides a blueprint for leaders who are executing transformational change in their organizations.
Ed earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he also attended The Wharton School of Finance. Before entering the consulting profession, Ed practiced psychotherapy at Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, the Philadelphia Veterans Hospital, and at Philadelphia Psychiatric Clinic. He is currently on the board of the NeuroLeadership Institute – an international organization that applies the insights of brain science to organizational change and leadership development.