In the Beginning…
We were called to develop exceptional leaders.
Was the “calling” mystical? There was certainly an element of that. Faith-based might be a more accurate portrayal. There was an undeniable awareness that Reid Dugger should cultivate individuals and groups who would inspire others; who would offer them a vision and a path; who would help them change their minds, their circumstances and their worlds. Reid Dugger was given an opportunity and a responsibility. You might say it was magical.
Since that time in 1987, we’ve discovered many ways to serve the mission: developing corporate executives whose decisions influence hundreds of thousands; training star talent for their inevitable leadership roles; managing industry-wide trade associations that focus on human achievement; speaking at events where enthusiastic audiences go to improve their results. From our deep understanding of human behavior, we launched programs that blend learning with play. We mentor and coach and hold people accountable and push and reward. We’re having a great experience answering the call.
There are values that guide our path:
Integrity. We are bound by honesty, positive intention, trust, and accountability.
Excellence. Extraordinary quality and best-possible achievement are our daily deliverables.
Leadership. We lead and accomplish at the highest levels when we, first of all, serve.
Diversity. Our duty is to lift the voices of all people, urging inclusion, understanding and respect.
Partnership. None of us alone is as brilliant, powerful or successful as all of us together.
Distinctiveness. Every person has a unique blend of traits and a special purpose that should be discovered, nurtured, utilized and celebrated.
Innovation. Our thinking beyond the box makes the impossible possible.
Our values keep us focused. They make triumphs doable, make decisions easier and promote a very cohesive work team.
Our President and Leader…
It takes only a moment to learn why Wrisë D. Booker, President of Reid Dugger Consulting Group, is known as the Mentor to Leaders. As she speaks before thousands of professionals raising their knowledge, expectations and excitement for leading others, she has a unique way getting to the heart of challenging issues and the souls of her listeners. When she works with individual executives, coaching them to define their visions, operate from integrity and inspire their teams, she is a trusted and valued partner. Her books, articles and other writings not only provide abundant wisdom, but they also guide each reader through situations and exercises that engage their minds and improve their skills. Ms. Booker is a masterful leader who finds great joy in mentoring other leaders and expanding their impact.
Ms. Booker has a solid foundation in pushing boundaries and developing others. As a college junior herself, her undergraduate institution, Granville, Ohio’s Denison University, asked her to conceptualize and teach two ground-breaking literature courses to lower division students. After graduating summa cum laude from Denison, she became an English instructor at University of Michigan, where she both obtained her Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration and Counseling and pioneered in psychodrama, an innovative counseling technique. At a much younger age than the titles would suggest, she next became Dean of Counseling followed by Dean of Student Affairs at the prestigious Claremont Colleges in California, where she designed progressive personal development programs.
With this rich experience behind her, Ms. Booker was tasked by the business world to identify and develop its leadership talent. She became Times Mirror Cable Television’s first Director of Organization Development. Through it, she saw the industry’s need to enlarge its base of outstanding leaders who could thrust their organizations to new levels of achievement.
She formed Reid Dugger Consulting Group to address this need. Keynoting at conferences and delivering powerful leadership workshops to both profit and non-profit corporations became the foundation of this successful practice. For over a decade, she simultaneously managed and expanded three trade associations, NAMIC, Inc. (the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications), the Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association and the NAMIC Foundation, each of which fostered professional development. Absolutely committed to generating and polishing strong leaders, she continues to install an array of mentoring initiatives across the country for both aspiring and seasoned executives. Her passion – the work that most intrigues and engages her – is accelerating the leadership capacity of executives and helping them cultivate their successors.
Wrisë D. Booker is a force. Her expectations for excellence, knowledge and experience, intelligence and wisdom, integrity, compassion and drive just begin to define this extraordinary mentor, leader and friend.