Ed O’Malley is a husband, father, friend, executive, author and innovator – but most importantly, he is a Kansan. He has spent almost his entire life in the Sunflower State and has dedicated his career to making Kansas stronger for its citizens, its families and its future.
Ed grew up in Johnson County, Kansas. His parents (a nurse and a small businessman) emphasized the importance of community and service to the O’Malley kids. He graduated from Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park and worked his way through college at Kansas State University, earning a degree in history. Ed’s study of history soon turned into a passion for how to make a better tomorrow. He served as an aide to Kansas Governor Bill Graves and as a staff member for the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce before being twice elected to the Kansas legislature, where he proudly represented the 24th District.
Ed then took on an entirely new challenge when he assumed the role of founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas Leadership Center. There, he led a group of dedicated Kansans to create a vision of civic leadership that still guides his view of Kansas today – the belief that leadership is an activity and not a particular role or position. From that vision, Ed helped to create the skills, training and knowledge that are now taught at the KLC, which has grown from that simple dream into an internationally renowned organization.
Ed is the co-author of a pair of books. For the Common Good: Redefining Civic Leadership tells the stories of five Kansans, their real-live leadership dilemmas and how they found success by working through challenges. Your Leadership Edge: Lead Anytime, Anywhere breaks down the Kansas Leadership Center’s leadership framework that empowers readers to put their own ideas into action.
Ed has dedicated his career to the advancement Kansas and its citizens. Join us in this Dose of Leadership conversation as he explores new ideas and the type of leadership that will be needed – from all of us – to make progress on Kansas’ most daunting challenges.