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Priscilla Douglas

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Priscilla brings over thirty years of experience from leadership roles in business and government to her firm PHDouglas & Associates which helps leaders achieve breakthrough results. Priscilla co-chaired the International Women’s Forum Conference in 2015 that welcomed 828 leaders from 30 countries to Boston. Priscilla has worked with individuals and teams in the automotive, financial services, and technology industries, as well as in government, bringing real-world experience and thought leadership from the public and private sectors to client engagements.

Previously, as a White House Fellow, she served as a Special Assistant to William H. Webster, Director of the FBI. For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts she held two key positions: as Assistant Secretary for Public Safety she launched the Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence and instituted Hate Crimes Tracking. As Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations she led consumer protection and regulatory reforms. In addition, she successfully introduced the techniques of total quality management across the Commonwealth, which led to an invitation by the Australian Parliament to keynote the launch of their quality initiative.

Priscilla was an instructor in the masters program for Harvard University Radcliffe Seminars, and taught courses in management, leadership and organizational behavior. She introduced seminars to bring the voice of women in business and in politics to her students. While at General Motors, she worked closely with the originator of the quality movement, Dr. W. Edwards Deming. At Xerox she designed a knowledge sharing engagement process and curriculum that was deployed globally.

Priscilla Douglas holds Masters of Education and Bachelor of Science degrees from Northeastern University and a Doctorate of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her thesis was accepted with distinction. Honors include a Distinguished Service Award from the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, an Abigail Adams Award, and her service as a White House Fellow.