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Bonnie Hagemann

Chief Executive Officer

EDA Inc.

Kansas City, MO, USA

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Bonnie’s Biography

Bonnie Hagemann is the CEO of EDA, Inc. and a leading tech executive, speaker, author and leadership strategist with expertise in all areas of leadership. She has founded and led companies, led and outsourced functions for large corporations and coached and advised over 200 CEOs and C-suite leaders on leadership, strategy and culture. As a strategic advisor, she has worked with Fortune 500 companies, think tanks and nonprofits, including KPMG, Cisco, UBS and Merck.

EDA, Inc. is a human capital firm with powerful SaaS and AI solutions, premium executive development services and leading industry research. An established premium brand, EDA positions itself as the leader in talent and technology with its HR Tech platform, EDASurveys, that is designed to Make Culture Visible to leaders, the board, investors and potential employees via a One-Stop-Shop Survey and AI Platform.

In 2018, Bonnie co-founded WomenExecs on Boards, a network with over 190 board-ready women from 23 countries who promote gender equality and diversity on corporate boards. The organization’s members have all completed...
Bonnie Hagemann is the CEO of EDA, Inc. and a leading tech executive, speaker, author and leadership strategist with expertise in all areas of leadership. She has founded and led companies, led and outsourced functions for large corporations and coached and advised over 200 CEOs and C-suite leaders on leadership, strategy and culture. As a strategic advisor, she has worked with Fortune 500 companies, think tanks and nonprofits, including KPMG, Cisco, UBS and Merck.

EDA, Inc. is a human capital firm with powerful SaaS and AI solutions, premium executive development services and leading industry research. An established premium brand, EDA positions itself as the leader in talent and technology with its HR Tech platform, EDASurveys, that is designed to Make Culture Visible to leaders, the board, investors and potential employees via a One-Stop-Shop Survey and AI Platform.

In 2018, Bonnie co-founded WomenExecs on Boards, a network with over 190 board-ready women from 23 countries who promote gender equality and diversity on corporate boards. The organization’s members have all completed board governance education programs at Harvard Business School and have C-suite experience. Bonnie is also on the Business Council for Exponent.org, an organization with a mission to amplify global gender equity efforts at the highest levels of power and influence.

As a highly regarded thought leader, Bonnie has been a featured speaker at many prominent events including TEDx, UNESCO’s Soft Power Conference and AMCHAM Finland’s Luminary Series. She is a widely published author, and her latest book, The Courage to Advance: Real Life Resilience from the World's Most Successful Women in Business, addresses five leadership competencies through stories from women who have overcome challenges to achieve great success in business. In addition, she is often called upon as a subject matter expert for the media including WSJ, Marketwatch, Fast Company, CNN, US News & World Report and more.
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Bonnie’s Newsfeed

Be Brave at Work!
Episode 180: Bonnie Hagemann

Bonnie Hagemann joins Ed Evarts to discuss leadership in the workplace and what 'brave' leadership means to her. The two also discussed Bonnie's extensive experience and how it has provided a strong foundation for her work today.

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WomenExecs on Boards and Mill Road Capital Team Up to Boost Diversity on Corporate Boards

This strategic alliance between WomenExecs on Boards (WEoB) and investments firm Mill Road Capital (MRC) will help both organizations achieve their goal of increasing board diversity.

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Bonnie’s Background

EDA Inc.
Chief Executive Officer
Feb 2007 - Present
Kansas City, MO, USA
EDA Inc., formerly Executive Development Associates, is an Established Global Human Capital Brand that has been leading the way in strategic executive development since 1982. With four decades of top-tier experience and an innovative track record, EDA is known for its world-class expertise and innovative ideas, effectively bringing a verifiable return on investment and as a trustworthy partner.
WomenExecs on Boards
Co-Founder & Co-Chair
Mar 2018 - Present
Edmond, OK, USA
WomenExecs on Boards (WEoB) is a global network of women who completed board governance programs at Harvard Business School and who are committed to work together to attain board positions and to advance the state of women on boards and in senior leadership positions.
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Board Positions

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EDA Inc.
Director
Kansas City, MO, USA
The EDA, Inc. of today is the result of a merger of a long-term premium executive development services business and a start-up technology business in the human capital space and is well-positioned to take significant market share in the HR Tech space in the coming years.
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Amigos de Fe
Director
May 2012 - Present
Puebla, MX
Amigos de Fe is a mission and school based in Mexico. Bonnie Hagemann previously served as President.

Previous Board Positions

SurveySaurus
Chair
Kansas City, MO, USA
SurveySaurus, now a part of EDA, Inc. was a technology start-up building solutions in the HR Tech space to advance hire, retain and develop great talent.

Media

Real Life Real Leaders Podcast
Host
Real Life Real Leaders is a podcast dedicated to telling the stories of some of the best leaders. These stories of courage, resilience, adaptability and vulnerability are about overcoming the behind-the-scenes struggles that are not often talked about. We speak with leaders who have overcome some of life’s biggest challenges while reaching the top of their professions.
Female Founders: Bonnie Hagemann of EDA On The Five Things You Need To Thrive and Succeed as a Woman Founder
Aug 2021
Bonnie Hagemann joined Authority Magazine as part of their series titled “Why We Need More Women Founders”. In this talk, she discussed five key points every female leader needs, including, visionary leadership, a strong work ethic, and good qualities as a teacher.
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Interviews

WomenExecs on Boards: Real Life Resilience From the World’s Most Successful Women in Business With Bonnie Hagemann
Dec 2021
Bonnie joins The RecruitingDaily Podcast to discuss WomenExecs On Boards, her company EDA, Inc., and her recently published book, 'The Courage To Advance: Real life resilience from the world’s most successful women in business'.
Bonnie Hagemann, Author of Courage to Advance and Founder of EDA on Leadership
Oct 2021
On this episode of The Scott Becker Private Equity & Business Podcast, Bonnie Hagemann discusses her new book, 'The Courage to Advance', and her experiences as a leadership strategist and as head of her company, EDA, Inc.
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Publications

The Courage To Advance: Real life resilience from the world’s most successful women in business
Co-author
Oct 2021
The Courage To Advance details inspiring stories from women who have overcome life's challenges to rise above and succeed in their industries to become leaders in their field. In this book, Bonnie Hagemann and other women seek to showcase their struggles and inspire other women to make a difference and step up despite difficult challenges.
This is how we could solve the retirement crisis
Co-author
Aug 2021
New York, NY, USA
As major advancements have led to significant increases in life expectancy, Bonnie Hagemann, and co-authors Krishna Kumar and Andrew Hoehn, are focused on America's looming retirement crisis. They discuss key areas that can help solve this crisis, including strengthening Social Security and improving financial literacy.
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Speaking Engagements

Professional Women’s Conference
Featured Speaker
Dec 2021
Athens, GA, USA
The 2021 Professional Women’s Conference, hosted by the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business, offered participants a day of networking and education through keynote speakers and panel discussions with female executives. Bonnie's talk was titled 'The Courage to Advance'.
'Trends in the Shifting Workforce'
Keynote Speaker
Nov 2021
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Bonnie Hagemann was a featured speaker at the ESOP Association conference. In her talk, she shared significant insights from her career working with CEOs, executive-level professionals and leaders of some of the world's most recognizable brands and companies.
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Fellowships

NACD
Board Governance Fellow
Arlington, VA, USA
The NACD Board Governance Fellowship is a continuous study of boardroom insights, intelligence and practices that teaches fellows how to properly lead their executive boards.

Bonnie’s Education

Harvard Business School
Women on Boards: Succeeding as a Corporate Director
2016 - 2016
University of Central Oklahoma
M.Ed. | Counseling
1990 - 1992
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