October 14, 2022 – Dallas, TX-based Bryant Group has been retained by Kansas Leadership Center to lead in its search for a new CEO. Sally Bryant, president and CEO, and Chris Bingley, senior vice president, are spearheading the assignment. “Kansas Leadership Center was fortunate to thrive under the leadership of its founding CEO, Ed O’Malley,” said Bryant Group. “This is an incredible opportunity to utilize the organization’s history of success as a launching point for the next chapter at one of the most impactful and preeminent nonprofit organizations in the state.”
The CEO will guide the Kansas Leadership Center in realizing its loftiest ambitions and aiming for new heights as the center for excellence in leadership development and civic engagement. Reporting to the Kansas Leadership Center board of directors, the CEO will implement initiatives, programs and policies to foster leadership for stronger, healthier and more prosperous Kansas communities.
Bryant Group is looking for candidates with seven to 10 years of progressive management experience with at least five years at the senior level; track record of effectively leading and scaling an organization and staff. Candidates should have a demonstrated aptitude for organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams as well as a demonstrated approach to business planning that is innovative, action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable. They should have experience establishing credibility with key stakeholders and funders.
Based in Wichita, KS, the Kansas Leadership Center has trained thousands of people at all levels of business, government, education, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations how to lead more effectively. The organization’s work is created around the belief that great leadership creates healthier Kansas communities.
Bryant Group specializes in advancement, fundraising, and leadership for universities, hospitals, and other non-profits. Its services include recruiting, talent development, and leadership coaching. The organization’s higher education clients include Stanford University, Harvard University, Michigan State University, Baylor University, the University of New Mexico, and others. Its healthcare clients include UCLA Center for the Health Sciences, the Mayo Clinic in both Minnesota and Arizona, Henry Ford Health Systems, Betty Ford Center, to name just a few. Its other non-profit clients include the American Heart Association, March of Dimes in both California and New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and more.
Christopher P. Bryant, co-founder and advisor of the Bryant Group, is a leader in the recruitment of advancement, development, and fundraising professionals. In 1988, he helped start what the firm describes as the country’s first executive search firm to specialize exclusively in philanthropy recruitment. Bryant Group is the successor firm, established in 2002.
Ms. Bryant joined the search firm in 2007. She brings 30 years of experience in advancement management, consulting, and recruiting, as well as achievements from the corporate sales arena and success in other entrepreneurial activities.
Mr. Bingley is an experienced business and university leader with 25 years of leading advancement, sales, and consulting teams. His public and private sector background helps Bryant Group clients in their career and professional growth
Bryant Group has placed Ed O’Malley as president and CEO of Kansas Health Foundation (KHF). “A lifelong Kansan, Ed has a track record of combining practical leadership skills with visionary system change,” said Jeffry L. Jack, chair of the KHF board of directors. “He has great interpersonal skills, but he also understands and thinks deeply about policy and the greater good. And as the Kansas Health Foundation continues to redefine health philanthropy by centering equity in our mission to improve the health of all Kansans, the board is confident that Ed is the right person to lead us through these challenging times.”
“Ed is a collaborative leader who has a deep understanding of business, communities, grantees, and factors affecting issues of health disparities, equity, and justice in our state,” said Junetta Everett, chair-elect of the KHF board of directors. “He is heavily involved in the civic life of Kansas, his community, and key national efforts to enhance civic engagement in the United States.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media