Jim Laughlin joins MDA Leadership


MDA Leadership Consulting Names Jim Laughlin Vice President of Northeastern Region

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (June 16, 2015) – Jim Laughlin has joined MDA Leadership Consulting as northeastern regional vice president, the Minneapolis-based leadership effectiveness firm announced today.

Laughlin, based in Boston, will connect organizations in the Northeast with MDA Leadership’s solutions in leadership development, talent assessment, integrated talent applications and CEO/board consultancy. Founded in 1981, MDA Leadership partners with organizations to build talent acumen at all levels of their leadership pipelines.

Laughlin joins MDA Leadership following leadership roles with Life is Good, a Boston-based national apparel, accessories and lifestyle company, and The Life is good Kids Foundation, which helps children in need nationwide. For a decade prior, he designed and delivered organizational and leadership development initiatives to improve talent pipelines for clients worldwide.

“Jim has remarkably strong experience focusing senior leaders on competitive challenges and driving talent development initiatives that deliver bottom-line business results,” said Scott E. Nelson, CEO, MDA Leadership. “I’ve previously worked with Jim and know he brings great business insight and value to his clients. He joins MDA Leadership at a time of significant client growth and an economic and employment boom in the Northeast.”

In 2014, Massachusetts posted its strongest year for job growth since 2000.

“The Northeast region, with its thriving economy and world-class universities, is attracting premier students and professionals from around the world, contributing to a heightened regional war for top talent, particularly in technology, biotechnology, life sciences and health care,” Laughlin said. “I'm excited to help Northeast-based organizations achieve their business results by accessing MDA Leadership's proven talent solutions.”

Laughlin received his M.F.A. and B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He lectures at Northeastern University about organizational behavior, leadership and management. For several years, he has worked with local charities serving children and young people.