Biographical Backgrounds

Edward E. Gordon

Edward Gordon Edward E. Gordon has consulted with leaders in business, education, government and non-profits for over 40 years. Ed is a big picture thought leader connecting the employment dots between business, education, and training. The culmination of his work as a visionary who applies a multi-disciplinary approach to today’s complex workforce needs and economic development issues can be found in his newest book, Future Jobs: Solving the Employment & Skills Crisis.

Gordon, the founder and president of Imperial Consulting Corporation (in Chicago and Palm Desert, CA), is a human capital management expert who is internationally recognized as an authority on how talent discovery, career planning, and training relate to business and economic development. As a writer, researcher, speaker, and consultant he has helped shape policy and promote business and education development.

He has helped hundreds of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, as well as: Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Federal Reserve, Motorola, Metra Rail, the American Institute for Research, the Conference Board (U.S. and Canada), the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, state agencies of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin; as well as universities, school systems, non-profit organizations, and trade or professional associations.

Gordon is the author or co-author of 19 books including Winning the Global Talent Showdown, The 2010 Meltdown, Skill Wars, FutureWork, Closing the Literacy Gap in American Business, Opportunities in Training and Development Careers, Literacy in America, The Tutoring Revolution, Peer Tutoring: A Teacher’s Resource Guide and Tutor Quest. He has been quoted in or written over 300 articles for major newspapers such as USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Investor’s Business Daily, and popular magazines, business publications, and education journals, including The Futurist, M World, Talent Management, Training, HR Magazine, and Employment Relations Today as well as in the documentary film "Waiting for Superman". His media experience includes the CBS Network’s The Early Show, PBS, CNN, NBC, Bloomberg TV, WGN, NPR, Time-Warner Cable, USA Radio, and Yahoo! As a professional speaker, he has been heard by over 500,000 people and millions on television and radio.

Gordon has taught courses in business, psychology, and history for 20 years at several Chicago-area universities including DePaul, Loyola, and Northwestern. He currently is on the Executive Board of the Chicago Renaissance Manufacturing Council, the Advisory Board of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (Palm Springs, CA area), the Advisory Board of the Catholic Charities of Chicago, and the Editorial Advisory Board of Employment Relations Today. Gordon previously served on the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, the Board of Trustees of Moraine Valley Community College, the Board of Directors of the Illinois Literacy Resource Development Center, and the Youth Policy Committee of the Chicago Workforce Board.

He holds a Ph.D. in History/Psychology, graduating Magna cum Laude from Loyola University in Chicago, and an M.A. in History, graduating Magna cum Laude from DePaul University in Chicago.

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Areas of Expertise:
Talent Managment, Labor/Economic Development, Workforce Development, Human Resource Development, Training ROI, Human Capital, Career-Technical Education, Literacy.

Educational Background:
Ph.D. History/Psychology, Magna cum Laude, Loyola University, Chicago
M.A. History, Magna cum Laude, DePaul University, Chicago.

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