|Member of the Kansas House of Representatives|
from the 24th district
|Preceded by||Robert Tomlinson|
|Succeeded by||Ronnie Metsker|
|Born||January 26, 1975|
|Alma mater||Kansas State University|
|Occupation||President and CEO of the|
Kansas Leadership Center
Edward J. O'Malley Jr. (born January 26, 1975) is an American non-profit executive, author, and politician. He is the current CEO and President of the Kansas Leadership Center.
O’Malley grew up in Johnson County, Kansas. He graduated from Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, KS and worked his way through college at Kansas State University, earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in history.
O’Malley began his career as an aide to Kansas Governor Bill Graves and as a staff member for the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce. He was appointed to the State House in 2003, after incumbent State Representative, Robert Tomlinson was appointed Assistant Insurance Commissioner. He was twice elected to the Kansas House of Representatives, where he represented the 24th District. In the Kansas Legislature, he served on committees for economic development, financial institutions, taxation and transportation.
Kansas Leadership Center
In January 2007, O’Malley became the first President and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center. There, he led a team that created a vision of civic leadership – 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 a simple vision into an internationally renowned organization. The KLC is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas.
- For the Common Good: Redefining Civic Leadership (co-authored with David C. Chrislip) concerns the idea that "civic leadership" needs to become more purposeful, provocative and engaging in order to cope with today’s civic challenges and to help transform the civic culture of our communities and regions. The authors use the real-life leadership dilemmas of five Kansans to bring these ideas to life. The book was the honored with the Next Generation Indie Book Award for current events/social change and has been named a finalist for the Foreword Reviews book of the year award in social science. ISBN 0988977702
- Your Leadership Edge: Lead Anytime, Anywhere (co-authored with Amanda Cebula) presents a step-by-step process designed to break down barriers in order to create change. The book breaks down the Kansas Leadership Center’s leadership framework that empowers readers to put the ideas into action. ISBN 0988977753
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- "Your Leadership Edge: Lead Anytime, Anywhere (Hardcover) - Watermark Books & Café". www.watermarkbooks.com.