Bonnie Wright

AvoLead Board of Managers & Member Owner

  • Executive Coach Class Facilitator
  • Durham NC, USA


  • English
  • Spanish

Bonnie serves AvoLead clients as a leadership coach and organizational consultant. Her diverse skill set – from the analytical and strategic to the intuitive and empathetic – allows her to effectively coach a wide range of clients. Certified in mediation, Bonnie is known for her ability to hone in on the crux of thorny situations and helps her clients resolve complex problems, making her an effective and highly sought-after coach.

She is also President of Bonnie Wright & Associates and Senior Fellow at MDC, leading its strategic philanthropy practice.

As co-founder of a nationally recognized non-profit organization promoting economic development for low-wealth communities and a charter school for economically disadvantaged students, Bonnie understands what it takes to create and sustain effective organizations. Her diverse experience enables Bonnie to create transformational experiences for clients within non-profit, for-profit and government organizations.

Proficient in Spanish and English, Bonnie is skilled in utilizing a variety of assessments to inform individual and organizational growth, including 360 degree, emotional intelligence, personality and conflict instruments such as Benchmarks, Conflict Dynamics Profile, MBTI, FIRO-B, CPI 260, and Bar-On EQi. She earned her B.A. from Davidson College before going on to Yale University School of Organization and Management to earn an M.P.P.M. and M.B.A. with Advanced Proficiency in Finance, Accounting and Control, and in Organizational Behavior.

In 2001, Bonnie received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Davidson College for her work promoting self-sufficiency and for epitomizing the Quaker admonition to “Let your life speak.”

Bonnie lives in Durham, North Carolina, USA with her husband, Martin and their big dog, Nala. They have two children, Justin and Carlyn. When she’s not working, Bonnie enjoys making jewelry and clay sculpture, water sports, reading and spending time with family and friends.

What clients say about Bonnie:

“Bonnie Wright and her AvoLead colleagues conducted a highly engaging and productive training session with my faculty and staff to help us kick off our school year. The simulation sharpened everyone’s understanding of the importance of goals, expectations, and teamwork. The experience was broadly applicable to our mission and work, and we all walked away energized to apply our learnings. The facilitators ensured everything went smoothly – coming early to prepare our environment and set up all the materials so that our team was used effectively – and provided a coherent structure and data to drive our debriefs. Thank you for starting our year off right!” -Alex Quigley, Principal, Maureen Joy Charter School

“Bonnie Wright is a natural social entrepreneur, a relentless advocate for equality.” –College President

“I love Bonnie! I thought she was fantastic. She really took me in as soon as I sat down and made me feel extremely comfortable. Bonnie was great in creating a safe space for me to speak and really led me to feel power within myself to think about what my results were saying about and to me.” –VP, Education

“Thank you Bonnie! I appreciate all of your help… From our conversations I really took away an important message of being true to my leadership and communication style, which has in such a short period of time really helped my confidence. Thank you!” –Education Leader

“Your advice…has been super helpful. Thanks to your recommendations, we are off on the right foot.” –CEO, Education

“My work with Bonnie was great. I felt comfortable, pushed, and supported by her approach. I appreciated her reflections and honesty.” –Education Leader