Founder and principal of consulting firm PH Douglas & Associates; Priscilla Douglas helps leaders achieve breakthrough results. Priscilla coaches individuals en route to the C-suite and executives in the C-suite to be more skillful at working collaboratively and strategically. The Boston Women’s Business Journal has recognized Priscilla as one of the top ten executive coaches and her book Getting There & Staying There: Coaching Questions to Get There and Stay has extends her reach.
Priscilla has worked with over one thousand individuals and teams in healthcare, financial services, technology, manufacturing and government. She brings over thirty years of real world experience and thought leadership from the public and private sectors to client engagements. She knows how to walk the talk and readily shares her insights in a practical way to help her clients.
Her professional career includes key executive positions in government, academics and business where she was often the first woman and the first African American. As a White House Fellow, she served as a Special Assistant to William H. Webster, Director of the FBI. For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts she held two key positions: as Assistant Secretary for Public Safety she launched the Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence and instituted Hate Crimes Tracking. As Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations she led consumer protection and regulatory reforms. In addition, she successfully introduced the techniques of total quality management across the Commonwealth, which led to an invitation by the Australian Parliament to keynote the launch of their quality initiative.
Priscilla was an instructor in the masters program for Harvard University Radcliffe Seminars, and taught courses in management, leadership and organizational behavior. She introduced seminars to bring the voice of women in business and in politics to her students. While at General Motors, she worked closely with the originator of the quality movement, Dr. W. Edwards Deming. At Xerox she designed a knowledge sharing engagement process and curriculum that was deployed globally.
Priscilla currently serves on the Boards of Leader Bank, the M Adams Institute, Landmarks Orchestra, Northeastern University and Museum of Science. She has been elected by her peers to serve on the White House Fellows Alumni Association. Formerly an active member of the Board of Visitors for the Defense Acquisition University and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, she has presented at the Aspen Institute, Club of Rome and been a keynote speaker in forums in Singapore, Australia, South Africa and Japan. Priscilla is on the faculty of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) offering executive development seminars to its global business partners.