Eddie Turner

Principal Consultant and Executive Coach; Moderator


Redesigning Inclusion , Purposeful Leadership

​About Eddie:

Eddie Turner is an in-demand, Harvard-trained leadership development expert. He is “Changing the Face of Leadership” and helping to create “Better Workplaces and a Better World”™ as a Principal Consultant and Executive Coach at Linkage, a SHRM company.

Leading organizations that want to accelerate the development of their leaders to become more effective and profitable select Eddie Turner. Using the Linkage Purposeful Leadership® framework and related solutions, Eddie develops and supports individuals at all levels of organizations across numerous business sectors, academia, and non-profit organizations.

Background & Experience:

Eddie has deep expertise in multiple disciplines, proven by his numerous industry credentials as a professional speaker, facilitator, trainer, technologist, and executive coach. He is recognized on global rankings, such as being one of the Top 10 Motivational Speakers in the world by Global Gurus. Forbes recognized Eddie as the Preeminent Authority on Emerging Leaders. He is the Top 25 Thought Leaders in Leadership by Thinkers 360, the Power List of the Top 200 Biggest Voices in Leadership by leadersHum, and one of the Top 25 Mentors on the Globe by the International Federation of Learning and Development.

Eddie has shared his expertise in national print, radio, and television media, such as the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, PBS, NPR, and ABC. He has also worked as a national media commentator.

Eddie Turner is a member of 100 Coaches (Marshall Goldsmith), the Institute of Coaching (McLean/Harvard Medical School), the National Speakers Association, the International Coaching Federation, where of the more than 60,000 ICF members in more than 170 countries, Eddie Turner was recognized as an “ICF Coach of the Week,” and the Association for Talent Development where Eddie is one of 60 contributing subject matter experts to the Talent Development Body of Knowledge—The Definitive Resource for the Talent Development Profession. He is also an official ICF Mentor Coach mentoring professional coaches to attain their ICF credentials.

Eddie is the author of the internationally best-selling book 140 Simple Messages to Guide Emerging Leaders and one of 52 co-authors of The Light Book 2. He is the former host of the Keep Leading!® podcast, which earned Apple Podcasts’ coveted New & Noteworthy designation and reached 80 countries around the globe.

Education & Training:

Eddie studied leadership and organizational behavior at Northwestern University, earning a Bachelor of Science. Eddie also holds an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Anyone looking for exceptional training should consider using Eddie Turner! His ability to convey the message through vulnerability while allowing everyone to participate in an open and honest environment without judgment fostered true growth.

Joseph Simonetta

Senior Director Warehouse Operations at NFI

I’m grateful to my company for connecting me with Eddie Turner as my Executive Coach for the past six months. Eddie helped me to stand taller in my shoes, celebrate my worth, and make the bold move(s) that opened new doors for myself. ‘Nothing is worth doing if it doesn’t give you butterflies in your stomach’ – Eddie taught me that. =) Thanks for pushing me, Eddie!

Cris Howard, MBA MEd, PMP

Global executive leader in project management

I had the pleasure to work with Eddie over the course of a few months and the meetings have been extremely helpful. Eddie’s inquiring style of guiding the conversation allowed me to continue to reflect on the key topics discussed long after the sessions were over. I also enjoyed actionable steps we walked through [that] I could immediately act on and build upon in upcoming months. It has been a pleasure—and I hope to be able to pick up where we left off in some time.

Agata Bloswick, Ph.D.

Global Head Start-Up Operations and Regulatory Submissions

Eddie's Insights

Purposeful Leadership: The Antidote to Quiet Quitting

Using Linkage’s Purposeful Leadership framework, leaders can inspire, engage, and make their employees feel included, providing the antidote to quiet quitting.

“Why Are We Still Talking about Inclusion?”

“When a culture of inclusion is achieved, it is a beautiful thing to behold in our organizations, our communities and the world,” writes Eddie Turner, Principal Consultant and Executive Coach at Linkage, in a reflection on the recent “Don’t Say Gay” legislation in the state of Florida.

Inclusion Matters: Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed to the Supreme Court

Eddie Turner, Principal Consultant and Executive Coach at Linkage, shares insights into the historic appointment of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court and makes the case for why inclusion matters.

Volodymyr Zelensky—The Epitome of Purposeful Leadership®

Linkage’s Principal Consultant and Executive Coach, Eddie Turner shares what makes Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy a Purposeful, Inclusive Leader.

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