Duane Wade is an independent business consultant and executive coach who has worked worldwide providing services to clients. Duane has recently partnered with Grace Ministries and the Chattanooga Counseling & Mediation Center to expand their services – leadership development, executive coaching, life coaching, personal re-invention and spiritual guidance. His most recent focus has included: executive coaching, creative strategic thinking, quantum leap thinking change management, organization development, team effectiveness and diversity.
Additionally, he consults on board development and growing a business to the next level. Duane has worked internally and externally as a consultant, including work with several Fortune 500 organizations. He has worked in various industries – pharmaceutical, insurance, healthcare, hospitality, banking, legal, entertainment, education and has extensive non-profit experience.
Duane’s executive coaching practice focuses on executives who represent all levels of leadership, including CEO’s. He also provides services for executive couples where each spouse or partner is an executive. Duane coaches a number of other executive coaches and is a member of the International Coaching Federation. He applies the ICF ethical guidelines to his work with clients.
His approach to coaching is customized to each client’s needs - defining the issues and creating a plan based on each client’s unique needs, learning style and business imperatives. Duane has owned three businesses so he understands business pressures and deliverables that must be balanced with an ongoing need to improve leadership skills. He also has worked in a global organization at the executive level. Duane continues to have a roster of clients for whom he provides organizing services, at the personal and professional level.
His work internationally has also enabled him to increase the creativity with which he offers services that require a particular cultural fit. Duane’s clients have included Booz-Allen-Hamilton, McKinsey & Company, CIGNA, Wachovia, Baldwin Preparatory School, SmithKline Beecham, Expedia Inc., Hotels.Com, HotWire, Prime Therapeutics, M & T Bank, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Gregory B. Davis Foundation, Birmingham AIDS Outreach, Alabama Faith Council, and Aramark, as well as a number of individual clients.
Duane is a member of the board of Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block and is the founder of The Junior Board! (kids ages 10-12) that supports the greater mission of the adult board. He also serves in an advisory capacity to the board of the South Broad Redevelopment Project in Chattanooga. Additionally, he is an advisory board member of the Gregory B. Davis Foundation. Duane is currently on the board and helping build the board for a new non-profit called Welcome Home of Chattanooga. Ultimately it will be a residence for homeless people who need end-of-life care.
Duane has a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Therapy. He is also a certified Organization Development Consultant. He is a life-long learner who brings his passion effectively to guide his clients.