M. LOUISE WALTERS, PhDC, IOM, MMBA, BS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE LEADERSHIP CENTER, LLC

M. Louise Walters belongs to a small group of leaders who have been CEOs of organizations in both the for-profit and the nonprofit sectors.  She is a career organization executive specializing in trade associations, professional societies, economic development groups and chambers of commerce.  

 

Louise is a change agent and a builder, a trainer, a coach and mentor of community leaders, organization executives and staffs of corporate, non-profit, governmental and educational organizations. 
 

Of particular importance is her experience as a 'turnaround agent' who steps in and guides troubled organizations until they get back on a solid financial and governance footing.  That's how her career began: at age 23, she became the youngest CEO (male or female) to lead a state capitol city chamber of commerce.  The 'turnaround agent' aspect of her career started on her first day when she discovered the organization was not just broke, it was broken.  With her guidance, three years later all bills (including a $10,000 bank note) were paid, a reserve fund was established, tired programs were retired and new energy and synergy were created.  Over time, Louise developed specialized subject matter expertise in nonprofit organization management.


Louise returned to school and earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Legal Studies in 2008 followed by her 2010 Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies, both from National American University.  In the top five percent of her class, she received the University's prestigious Tschetter Award presented annually to the graduating senior who has made the most significant contributions to the Legal Studies department.  In 2012, in the top one percent of her class, she received her Master’s degree in Management from National American University.  

 

Louise is completing her PhD in Organization Leadership.  Her Doctoral dissertation topic is how relationships between the Board Chairman/Chairwoman and the CEO affect the nonprofit organization.

 

Her passions are leadership, visioning and the future.