Heather Eddy


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President and CEO
847.425.4112 ext. 700
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3075 Book Road Suite 103-9682
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Company Profile

Company Overview
KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds transformative teams and leaders. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support.
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Executive Search, Specialty and Interim Staffing, Leadership Development, HR Consulting, Culture Audits, Staffing Assessments, Succession Planning, Board Recruitment and Development, Compensation Analysis, Team Building
Practice Areas (select top 3)
  • Board Support (Development, Governance, Retreats, Training)
  • Capacity Building
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Event Planning
  • Executive Coaching
  • Grant Writing/Research
  • Human Resources (Including Recruitment/Training, Benefits, HR Tech)
  • Information Systems (Including Software, Database Support, Data Analytics)
  • Interim Leadership
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Organizational Development
Client List
Active Transportation Alliance
Adler University
Albany Park Theater Project
All Chicago
Alzheimer's Association – multiple locations
Anixter Center
Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Calvary Hospital
Canterbury Court
Chicago Debates
Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute
Child Welfare League of America
Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana
City Year
Covenant Community Care
Covenant House Missouri
Covenant Living Communities & Services
Covenant Ministries of Benevolence
Dairy Management Inc.
DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform
Erie Family Health Centers
Facing Forward To End Homelessness
Farm Foundation, NFP
Financial Health Network
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Freedom Alliance
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children
Heifer International
Homeboy Industries
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Illinois Library Association
Imerman Angels
Institute for Therapy through the Arts
International Child Care
International Music Foundation
JCFS Chicago
JVS Chicago
Kennedy Krieger Institute
King County Housing Authority
Kingsley House, Inc.
Kobe College Corporation
Legacy Health Endowment
Listen and Talk
Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League
Louisiana Policy Institute for Children
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Meadville Lombard Theological School
Mercatus Center at George Mason University
National Association for Urban Debate Leagues
National Runaway Safeline
North Shore Art League
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Oak-Leyden Developmental Services
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
Outreach Community Ministries
Risk Management Foundation
Rotary International
Saint Anthony Hospital
Sigma Chi Foundation
Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine
Temple Sinai Washington DC
Union for Reform Judaism
United Methodist Communities
United Way of Will County
Unity College
University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary
YMCA – multiple locations
Youth Job Center
YWCA – multiple locations
Testimonial 1
“I highly recommend KEES as an Executive Search partner. Covenant Community Care researched and interviewed 8 search firms and narrowed the finalists down to 3. We choose KEES because Heather [Eddy] understood where we were at and where we wanted to go. KEES is professional, responds quickly to requests, and kept the process moving forward even during a pandemic. The entire KEES team is great to work with. The Search Committee could never have managed on our own all that KEES did for us – a CEO search is time consuming and a lot of work! We would definitely partner with KEES again.”
-Dotti Sharp, Search Committee Chair, Covenant Community Care
Testimonial 2
"One of the most daunting tasks for a NFP Board is conducting a search and hiring a new CEO/ED. Fortunately, the 360 Youth Services Board made the decision to hire Heather Eddy of KEES to lead us through this task. Heather's process was extremely organized, focused, inclusive and well communicated. Heather became a trusted advisor, passionate about finding the best leader for our organization. Heather's experience, knowledge and network of the NFP world is a valuable asset. KEES provided candidates that were not only extremely qualified but diverse." Debra Lellbach, Board member and Search Committee Chair, 360 Youth Services
Testimonial 3
"Heather's level of customer service is unmatched! She has done a great job for our chapter - in leading the search for the new CEO, as well as great communication before, during and after the hire. She checks-in with us on a regular basis, to make sure we are doing well, and even came back to facilitate a great discussion of DISC assessments for the entire staff. I highly recommend Heather and her company!" Chris Broullire, former Chapter President of Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Chapter

Publications & Articles

Article 1
Building An Effective CEO Search Committee
Article 2
It Is OK To Ask For Help
Article 3
THANK YOU (the note)

Speaker's Bureau Information

Speaker Bio
Heather Eddy’s primary passion is helping nonprofits achieve excellence through building strong, capable, and diverse leadership teams. She previously served for 17 years in multiple executive leadership roles with The Alford Group. As a frequent speaker, she increasingly contributes knowledge to the nonprofit sector in the areas of strategic philanthropy, executive succession planning, and engagement of boards/governing bodies. She leads most of KEES’ executive searches for CEO/ED level roles and specializes in working with organizations in some state of Board or Staff transition. For an example of speaker topics, visit the KEES website here: http://kees2success.com/about-us/speaking-and-training-opportunities/speaker-topics-3/
Topic 1
Is Your Team on Fire?
Topic 1 Description
Increasingly, trust and loyalty are cited as reasons why people stay in – or leave – a position. This session will look at all the facets of a high-performing team…how to hire, how to inspire, how to evaluate, and how to recalibrate. Long-time, new, and want-to-be managers will learn insights on building teams and ensuring they are passionate, vibrant and accountable.
Topic 2
Are You Just Raising Money…or Investing in Your Mission?
Topic 2 Description
Philanthropy has always played a role in our institutions. But…is it worth it? Are we fund-raising, friend-raising, or investing? Whether your philanthropic initiative is in its infancy or more mature, this session will cover multiple fundraising strategies and determine where improvements can be made to ultimately transform the role philanthropy plays in your organization.
Topic 3
Standing Out from the Crowd: Make the Most of Your Annual Appeal
Topic 3 Description
Have you ever wondered if an annual appeal is even worth it? Does the idea of donor segmentation send you running for cover? Are you unsure how to make your appeal stand out from the crowd? Let our annual fund experts show you simple strategies to make your next appeal truly compelling and achieve the ROI you’ve been seeking.

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