As some of you already know, I have started a new entity called Conner Academy. Conner Partners continues its work under the day-to-day direction of our managing partner, Jay Michaud. While I maintain involvement in client executive-level advisory activities, IP development projects, and providing strategic advice to the Conner Partners’ team, much of my time is now devoted to Conner Academy.

The mission of the academy is to provide a challenging yet nurturing environment for seasoned change practitioners as they pursue individual mastery of their craft. The commitment of the academy is to enhance the impact of individuals and teams by providing advanced developmental opportunities untethered to any particular change approach or methodology.

My partner in this new venture is Ed Boswell. Ed joins me from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he led its US change management practice. Prior to PwC, Ed was President and CEO of The Forum Corporation, a Boston-based training and consulting firm. Like me, Ed has advised senior leaders across the globe as they navigated the challenges of driving transformational change in their organizations.

Ed and I came together because of a mutual recognition of the significance of character and presence in our work and for our profession. He and I also share a strong desire to serve organizations that pursue what we call changes that matter—changes that will have a profound impact on the quality of life for our fellow human beings.

We invite you to visit our new website ( where we describe two tracks for practitioners who want to raise their game—one for individual practitioners and another for teams of practitioners. After you have had the chance to read more about Conner Academy and our offerings, give us a shout at We would love to hear from you.