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Bonnie Hagemann

Chief Executive Officer

EDA Inc.

Kansas City, MO, USA

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Bonnie Hagemann’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 board governance education programs at Harvard Business School and have C-suite experience. Bonnie is also on the Business Council for, 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.

Bonnie’s Newsfeed

This is how we could solve the retirement crisis

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.

EDA Inc.
2021 Trends in Executive Development Report Reveals a Need for More Strategic & Visionary Executives

“The 2021 Trends gave us more insight than we expected, and we are excited to share the results," Bonnie Hagemann writes. "With 2020 we learned a lot about our leaders and their capabilities, and that knowledge is exactly what organizations need to create powerful executive development that will help them lead through the tumultuous landscape and win in the marketplace.”

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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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Bonnie’s Gallery

Board Positions

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EDA Inc.
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
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

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.


Real Life Real Leaders Podcast
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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Why Quality Leadership is More Impactful Than You Think, with Bonnie Hagemann Aug 4th, 2021
Aug 2021
In this episode of the Boardroom Bound podcast, Bonnie Hagemann traces her career as a strategic advisor to leaders and executives in a wide range of industries, and also shares some key points on the impact effective leadership can have on companies and employees.
Visionary Leadership: An Interview with Bonnie Hagemann
Apr 2021
Bonnie joins Breakthrough Leadership to talk about her book, Leading with Vision, and the central ideas of how vision can strengthen leaders by inspiring and motivating a workforce, to the ends of reaching higher goals and standards as an organization.
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The Courage To Advance: Real life resilience from the world’s most successful women in business
Sep 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.
Trends 2021 Benchmark Report: Trends in Executive Development
Jun 2021
The Trends in Executive Development report has been the leading compilation of research for organizations across the globe to benchmark their executive and high-potential development practices. In this report, some significant trends impacting executive development are discussed, including innovation in the workplace and the need for new definitions of leadership in a changing landscape.
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Speaking Engagements

CREW Network Spring Leadership Summit
Keynote Speaker
Jun 2021
St. Louis, MO, USA
The CREW Network Spring Leadership Summit brings together the top leaders in CREW Network to discuss important ideas, share insights, and learn from one another about chapter management, leadership, and new business trends.
Global Forum Special Virtual Event
Featured Speaker
Jun 2021
Bonnie Hagemann was a featured speaker, along with Clark Callahan, Managing Director of Harvard Business School Executive Education, on a panel titled "Post-Pandemic Trends in Executive & Leadership Development" at the Global Forum Special Virtual Event. Among other topics, the panel discussed the results of the bi-annual EDA 2021 Trends Report.
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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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