Executive Organizational & Talent Consultant
Eleanor Dunlap serves as an Executive Organizational & Talent Consultant at FGP. As a strategist, catalyst, and coach she serves clients through nonprofit executive search and consulting. Through her 30 years of work with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, joint ventures and public-private partnerships, Eleanor brings to the FGP team experience in organizational development, governance, thought leadership, systems thinking and design, succession, executive search, and coaching. Her philanthropic experience includes private, family, community and health care conversion foundations and her work with nonprofits spans a wide range of mission focus areas. Her public-private partnership work has involved large corporations, small businesses, governmental agencies, academia, and nonprofit entities.
Her goal with every client is to lead with curiosity, seek discovery, build trust, explore solutions, and champion those who are working toward impact. Eleanor knows that organizational success is a people focused business. As an executive, consultant, and volunteer, she has worked with hundreds of leaders throughout the southeast and as an industry expert at national convenings and conferences.
Prior to joining FGP, Eleanor was the Chief Impact Officer of The Graham Foundation in Greenville, SC. She earned an MPH from the University of South Carolina and a BA from Clemson University. Eleanor is a Liberty Fellow, a Hull Fellow, and a Creating Healthier Communities Fellow. Eleanor is an outdoors enthusiast, enjoys spending time with family and friends and volunteers her time on state and local non-profit boards.
What do you love to do outside of work?
I love the outdoors! I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and long walks. I love to travel and explore local trails, parks, and greenways in areas I’m visiting.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?
I would travel to the summer of 1982. I was 14 and had not yet started high school. My family spent a lot of time at our mountain cabin. We swam in cold mountain lakes, tubed down the Middle Saluda River and hiked through the surrounding woods. That summer, I learned to drive our 1954 Willys Jeep. It would not crank, so we had to roll start it down the long skinny driveway. I’ll never forget my dad telling me to hop in the driver’s seat while he gave it a gentle nudge. With one hand on the steering wheel and the other on the gear shift, I let out the clutch and we sputtered off down the hill. That was my very first driving experience and I cherish those times on the old mountain trails.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Overall, I am most proud of raising two amazing daughters with my husband, Billy. Parenting is the most challenging yet rewarding role I’ll ever have. A more recent accomplishment was completing the 76+ miles of the Foothills Trail in Upstate SC in 5 days.
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