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2015 April 30 - 11:38 pm

COMING MAY 11: From Factory Worker to Director of NISOD

Rebuilding an Organization that Nearly Went Belly-Up has Become Director's New Challenge

On the day he graduated from high school, while his classmates were celebrating their accomplishment and prepping for parties, Ed Leach was headed to bed. He was due to start work at midnight at the Birds Eye plant in upstate New York, toiling in a factory making Cool Whip. It was the first of several factory jobs he worked, just like his father did before him. Had not the final factory where he worked not closed down – it pulled up stakes and moved to Canada – he might still be working there. But the factory did close, and unexpectedly opened new doors of opportunity for Leach. Today, Leach is the director of NISOD, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, earning more than $100,000 a year. It’s been an uphill climb to this place from the tiny agricultural community where he grew up. He is still climbing, trying to rebuild an organization that nearly went belly-up after the departure of the man who created it, John Roueche.

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