Evelyn Orr
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Evelyn Orr

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Korn Ferry Institute
Minneapolis

Evelyn Orr is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Korn Ferry Institute, based in the Firm’s Minneapolis office.

Evelyn Orr leads research and development as well as operations for the Korn Ferry Institute, an innovation center for Korn Ferry focused on illuminating key trends and drivers of human and organizational performance.​

Her leadership purpose is to create elegant solutions that transform lives, organizations, and communities by bringing together experts across disciplines to solve tough problems.​

Ms. Orr specializes in translating research on leadership and organizations into practical resources for leaders. She has authored numerous articles and books published by the Korn Ferry Institute including Becoming an Agile Leader, Women CEOs Speak, and Self-Disruptive Leadership. She presents at client events and conferences on research topics including organizational transformation, women in leadership, self-disruptive leadership, and disruptive talent management practices.​

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Ms. Orr served as director of learning and development at a large retailer with multiple brands. The leadership development programs she designed helped thousands of leaders move the needle on mission-critical skills. In addition to leadership development and competency profiling, she designed and delivered talent management solutions such as employee engagement, performance management and succession planning for a major division within the company.​

Ms. Orr earned a master’s degree in education from Stanford University, where she was a Stanford Graduate Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology (cum laude) from Macalester College. As an adjunct professor, she taught graduate level courses at San Francisco State University and Dominican University. Ms. Orr is fluent in English and proficient in Spanish.

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