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Terry O'Connor

Senior Fellow for Global Leadership

503-799-3695
toconnor@pdx.edu

Terry O'Connor leads ELI's Leader Coaching initiative.

For thirty five years, Terry O'Connor's distinctive skills have helped organizations and individuals obtain the most from their current capabilities and capitalize on future opportunities. There are few consultants who bring to coaching and consulting the practical experience, breadth of knowledge, and personal commitment to organizational success that he does.

As a consultant, Terry has led strategic and operational change initiatives at private and public organizations that include Energy Northwest, SuperValu, Bonneville Power, Army Corps of Engineers, Harris Bank, and the National Conference of Governors.

He has experienced the demands of executive leadership first-hand, having assumed top-level positions to assist client companies through critical periods of growth and change. As executive vice president of the Charles H. Lilly Company, he took on overall corporate operations responsibility; at American Network, Inc., he was vice president for marketing and sales; and as president of Laughlin Insurance he led the company through a merger with Allstate. That those three organizations in significantly different businesses - consumer products, telecommunications, and financial services - entrusted him with top-level organizational responsibility testifies to O'Connor's ability to understand and work with the unique characteristics of any organization. Moreover, in these and many other assignments he has accepted the additional responsibilities of coaching top executives to improve their personal leadership and managerial effectiveness.

As a sought-after executive coach, Terry makes a difference in his clients' performance and contributions to their organization. Recent coaching assignments have been with the Republic of Georgia, the State of Oklahoma, Alegent Health and ABM Industries. Mercer Delta assignments have included Bank of America and Bell South. O'Connor also leads workshops and seminars to share his expertise on such topics as strategic planning, project management, leadership, teamwork, and marketing. His speaking and consulting assignments have taken him from Anchorage to Miami and from Boston to San Diego. For several years he consulted with the government of the African nation of Malawi to develop the executive skills of fourteen cabinet level officials.