Ed is CEO and a co-founder of Conner Academy. Prior to starting the firm, Ed was a partner at Pricewaterhouse-Coopers (PwC) where he headed up their People and Organization practice. In this role, Ed was responsible for leading a team of over 400 practitioners who helped clients deal with critical human capital issues such as driving large-scale strategic change, transforming HR into a more effective and strategic function, and optimizing organizational talent. His PwC clients spanned diverse industries including media, communications, healthcare, automotive, hospitality, and the professional services sectors.

Previously, Ed served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Forum Corporation, where he advised senior business teams involved in major organizational transformation initiatives. Among his clients were Merck, DuPont, GlaxoSmithKline, and BNY Mellon.

A recognized leader in the field of performance improvement, Ed is a frequent speaker on issues relating to leadership, strategy execution, and organizational effectiveness. 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 received The Wharton School Certificate in Business Administration.

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Essays on the Mastery Path

The field of change management is ever-evolving; we continue to learn more about the human response to change every day. At Conner Academy, we support practitioners who are on a mastery path. These essays offer guidance on that journey.

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