Dr. Ed Hoffman

Former Chief Knowledge Officer


The Journey of Leadership: Lessons from Relationships, Foundations, and Failures

(Video presentation available March 7 – June 9, 2019)

Leadership is a journey that offers constant possibilities for self-awareness and gaining knowledge. For over thirty years, Ed Hoffman was responsible for designing, developing, and implementing an integrated system of learning, engagement, and building expertise in the execution of complex NASA projects.

Appointed to establish a Program/Project Management Initiative shortly after the Challenger disaster, Dr. Hoffman would spend thirty-three years at NASA, founding the NASA Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership (APPEL), and serving as the first NASA Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO).

Typically, there are questions of what lessons have been learned from a long career. This presentation will focus on sharing personal stories and exploring the leadership journey, seeking to understand leadership from the lens of important patterns.

About Dr. Ed Hoffman:

Dr. Hoffman is CEO of Knowledge Strategies, LLC. Knowledge Strategies is engaged in research, education, and consulting services in support of organization performance. Dr. Hoffman serves as Senior Lecturer for the Information and Knowledge Strategy Program at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. He directly supports the Project Management Institute (PMI)® as a Strategic Advisor with a focus on integrated systems for talent management, knowledge engagement, and learning strategies.

Dr. Hoffman retired from NASA as a senior executive after thirty-three years. He was appointed the first NASA Chief Knowledge Officer in 2011 and held responsibility for system-wide strategy, integration, and deployment of knowledge services. Prior to this role, he was the founding director of the NASA Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership (APPEL), serving in this role for over 20 years. During this period the Academy was the top-rated Project Management Academy in the world. In addition to leading the NASA Academy, he was the project manager for the NASA Strategic Management and Governance Handbook that established new governance after the Columbia Shuttle accident. He started his career at NASA as an organization development consultant supporting NASA teams and projects and having responsibility for leadership development.

Dr. Hoffman has written numerous journal articles, and co-authored Shared Voyage: Learning and Unlearning from Remarkable Projects (NASA, 2005) and Project Management Success Stories: Lessons of Project Leaders (Wiley, 2000). He has served as faculty at Columbia University, The George Washington University, University Technology Sydney, ECS Lille, and Drexel University in the School of Engineering.

He received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2010. Dr. Hoffman holds a Doctorate, as well as MA and MS degrees, from Columbia University in the areas of social and organizational psychology. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brooklyn College in 1981.