We're known for strategic insights that transcend current trends, create the right context, ask the deeper questions, and see the opportunities.
We invest up-front to build trust and surface concerns as we set the stage for board members' active engagement, constructive dialog, and ultimate alignment.
We see both the forest and the trees, bringing disciplined planning and process to bear while keeping critical questions & goals in clear sight.
With decades of experience building robust financial models, we support decision making by identifying key levers, assumptions, and sensitivities.
Even experienced leaders can get overwhelmed by complexity. We ask the right questions, listen thoughtfully, and help discern the path forward.
We believe that lasting ah-ha moments are best created through facilitated reflection and peer-to-peer activities built around a strong purpose.
Define your value proposition for long-term sustainability.
Create strategic advantage for your students and your institution.
Engage your directors with expert, interactive strategy facilitation.
Collaborated with faculty and associate deans at one of the most innovative universities in the world in order to identify appropriate content and platforms to inspire other institutions to adopt critical higher education reforms.
Supported strategic planning process for high-stakes five-year plan, reporting to committee co-chairs through phases of task force research, plan development, campus socialization, and board approval. Provided objective voice, subject matter expertise, strategic context, synthesis of outcomes.
Delivered comprehensive assessment to rationalize an overwhelming list of existing strategic initiatives. Improved senior leadership team focus through disciplined differentiation between operational improvements and true strategic priorities.
Provided insights and actionable recommendations to improve effectiveness of Deans' Cabinet, distilled from candid, confidential interviews with cabinet members.
We're partnering with career services professionals on a pro bono basis to elevate the role and impact of college career centers in service to two critical missions:
Speaker on the topic of career services transformation in the context of higher education's burning platform for change. Outcome is to motivate leaders to think beyond incremental improvements and envision the NEW work of career services. Also scheduled for NACE 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19).
Crafted vision statement, trustee and donor summary, and detailed financial model to support university president's and dean's initiative to transform career education to complement the liberal arts, leading to a $9.3 million naming gift.
Provided leadership support and change management facilitation to enable the career services team to regain its competitive advantage. Honored the team's legacy and "special sauce" while facilitating a pivot to better serve the needs of a new generation of students.
Guided strategic repositioning of career center website to clarify the value proposition for target audience segments. Competitive assessment across eight impact categories and 48 discrete factors showed half of competitors with a grade of C, D, or F, while client jumped to top quartile.
Developed highly-rated one-day workshop specifically for juniors, offering students big-picture framing and peer-to-peer activities to generate personalized insights and lasting takeaways. Co-created and piloted two-day professional skills development academy for juniors and seniors. Created monthly workshop series for recent grads to prepare to re-launch.
Invested in win-win partnerships with 13 founding partner colleges (Bates, Brown, Colorado College, Conn College, Denison, Georgetown, Mt Holyoke, Occidental, Pomona, USC, Vassar, Whitman, Williams). Also provided students with professional development coaching for this Seattle-based start-up who's founding mission was to provide last-mile career preparation for liberal arts students.
Designed and facilitated board retreat with community leaders to align on the most critical three-year strategic and operating priorities, with a goal to shift from crisis management toward creating one of the most effective, well-respected community service organizations in the region.
Worked with global leadership team at consecutive annual conferences to crystalize issues and creatively think through priorities and challenges for a 100% volunteer-run organization.
Served board and leadership team by designing consecutive strategy retreats. Employed deep listening to reframe sensitive conversations, achieving alignment on priorities and next steps. Led to bold 5-year plan with clear responsibilities and metrics, coinciding with the institution's first 100-year anniversary.