Welcome to my website. I’m Kevin L. Hagan, Chief Executive Officer of the American Diabetes Association. I’m often asked why I use my middle initial whenever I sign a document or use my name. Some people think it’s odd and others think it’s just pretentious, so just to clarify…..here’s the story…….
I am Kevin L. Hagan, the “L” being the most important part of my name.
After having grown up in a town of 3,000 people with another Kevin Hagan (1 year older), the “L” signified which Kevin Hagan I was my entire childhood and adolescence. It literally defined who I was.
So who do people think am I today?
Most people would tell you I’m a really nice guy.
My hometown would say that I outgrew it by the time I turned four years old (someone actually did say that!)
I’m married to Rev. Elizabeth Hagan, who has taught me the value of a good blog.
From 2012-2015, I served as the President & CEO of Feed the Children helping to re-invigorate and modernize the programming of this legendary charity.
A former C-level executive at the Postal Service describes me as having a political prowess unlike anything he had ever seen (I’m pretty sure that statement put in context of the conversation was NOT a compliment)
My former co-workers would say that I’m very strategic and that I get laser focused when I set my mind on accomplishing something.
People who have worked for me would say that I have lots of crazy ideas, but that most of the time they work out.
My friends would say I’m a lucky man, have a strong moral compass, but that I work too much.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy described me as low key and self-deprecating (which is why I feel really weird having my own website, but I do it for the love of the mission organizations that I serve).
My barista at Starbucks would say that I’m a caffeine junkie and that he thinks it’s strange that the only drink I ever order is iced tea.
My wife would say that I’m not allowed to go to the grocery store alone or touch the laundry alone.
When a friend was recently asked to describe my personality, her response was “his personality can’t be described, it has to be experienced” – I’m going to assume that was a compliment!
While there’s probably some level of truth to the above perceptions of me, I’m fortunate to be confident in who I am.
I am Kevin L. Hagan – a man of quiet, but strong faith; lucky beyond imagination because I was blessed with an amazing family and upbringing, and won the lottery when I found and married Elizabeth Hagan, a woman who loves me, challenges me, and makes me a better man every single day.
I’m currently leading the fight against diabetes in America because I feel that this is where I’m supposed to be, where I’m supposed to make a difference, where I’m supposed to challenge the status quo and challenge the industry to DO better and BE better than we’ve ever been before.
The more I reflect upon experiences I’ve had leading other organizations, the more I learn that the traditional models of leadership simply won’t cut it in today’s changing world. I believe my tenure at the American Diabetes Association will be a journey of learning to change and change well as we seek to fulfill our mission each day.
Along the way, I hope to share the lessons I’ve learned and provide a different perspective on countless topics and I hope that somewhere along the way you’ll find something that resonates with you and that you’ll join in the conversation.
The ideas expressed on this blog are my own, but let’s be honest, you’re going to attribute them to American Diabetes Association anyway.
Thanks for reading,