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Lisa Heft

Lisa Heft is President of the Open Space Institute-US, a Fellow with Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution and Adjunct Faculty with Sonoma State University’s Psychology Department Organizational Development Program. She has facilitated groups of 2000+ in dialogue, consulted on conflict resolution processes for teams working in Northern Iraq and East Timor and facilitated dialogue between prison inmates. Clients on six continents include the International AIDS Conferences, U.S. Departments of Labor and Transportation, National Forum for Geosciences Information Technology, U.S. Scholar-Athlete Games, Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, Inc., National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Canadian Council for Tobacco Control, the United States Agency for International Development, the Peace Corps and the Centers for Disease Control in Mozambique, the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies and Heifer International.

Ms. Heft’s articles and interviews have been featured in Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peace Building Between Israelis and Palestinians and in Convene, Systems Thinker, Corporate Meetings & Incentives and IEEE Software magazines. Her papers on facilitation, interactive learning and community health have been translated into Spanish, Kiswahili, Swedish, Korean and Braille.

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www.openingspace.net

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Michelle Zadrozny, LMSW

MZ Bio PicMichelle Zadrozny, LMSW is a social entrepreneur, creative artist, and community collaborator. She

focuses on organizational development, community health, partnerships, non-profit capacity building, and employee wellness. Employers and clients include Goodwill Industries of Central TX, Alliance Work Partners, Public Knowledge, Nets to Ladders, United Way Capital Area, and Austin Travis County Integral Care.  In her work with H.A.N.D., she has designed and implemented a best practices model for staff capacity building and a private/non-profit employer-led membership group.

Michelle holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of TX at Austin.  She is a Licensed Masters level Social Worker in the state of Texas.

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Naraya Stein

Naraya Stein is the founder of Journey Mapping Methodology. Journey Mapping empowers Changemakers to become the mapmakers of their visions and to unleash their genius.

Journey Mapping is both a Leadership Development Training and a Life Purpose Mystery School. It is geared toward Changemakers who have done years of spiritual & personal growth work.

Journey Mapping weaves together leadership coaching principles, metaphysical philosophy, strategic planning, Presencing, Mind Mapping, the use of somatic intelligence, intuition and expressive arts.

Naraya has over 25 years experience as a Life and Leadership Coach and spiritual counselor.

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www.journeymapping.net

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Robert Bixler

Robert Bixler has designed and delivered technical assistance systems at the community, regional, state and federal levels. As the Deputy Project Director for the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Project, he designed and managed a national outcome-based assistance system. Within Colorado as the Project Director for the Regional Prevention Center System, he created interactive data-base tools used throughout the state. He developed a technical assistance system that incorporated regionalized planning, targeted assistance based on social and health indicator data and inter-agency collaboration. As the National Project Director on the CSAP State Capacity Building and Training contract he oversaw training curriculum development, technical assistance and training delivery related to state capacity building for the United States. While Director of the Training Institute at the National Drug Research Institute he managed a program with a budget of over $3 million and whose staff trained over 12,000 workers. He conducted long-range planning and restructuring of training organizations and oversaw curriculum development. He has a Master of Divinity from Yale University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois.

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Glenna Gerard

Glenna says ‘My work is my art is my life is my play…’

Glenna has pioneered in the world of dialogue. Her book with Linda Ellinor entitled DIALOGUE: Rediscover the Transforming Power of Conversation has been translated into Portuguese, German and Chinese. She has contributed many articles to a variety of international publications.

Glenna partners with consultants, leaders, individuals, and groups, in the private and public sectors to develop ways to make the principles and practices of Dialogue more accessible to people in practical forms, in their individual practice, in a business, in personal relationships, in interfaith and intercultural communities.

Glenna offers Presence Walkabouts, opportunities for leaders to partner with the Power of Place to deepen personal presence, discernment and clarity on the ‘next elegant step’ forward.

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www.GlennaGerard.net

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Elizabeth Doty

Elizabeth Doty is an organizational learning consultant, coach, and facilitator with a passion for using story to understand complex recurring problems. Time in the trenches in a variety of industries has allowed her to talk with over 400 people about the challenges, triumphs and dilemmas of doing work they are proud of. For the past 19 years she has consulted to organizations on complex operational and leadership issues, helping leaders and teams increase the alignment, integrity and engagement that allow them to generate extraordinary value.

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www.worklore.com

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Ken Homer

Ken Homer founded Collaborative Conversations after a decade of collaboration with the founders of the World Café. Concurrent with his work at the World Café, Ken earned a certification in Integral Coaching© through New Ventures West – where he created their Graduate Department and where he currently serves as Adjunct Faculty. In the mid-1990s, Ken was the Director of Research and Development at Sustainable Strategies, Inc., working on the creation of a year long adult education course to foster thriving communities. Ken works with clients to build their competence to design and convene conversations that include all relevant voices, address complex issues and make wiser decisions that enjoy widespread support. He clients include: NASA, Nike, Genentech, The National Park Service and the University of California at Santa Cruz. When he is not working, he enjoys hiking, reading, live music and chi kung. Ken is a long time member of, and serves on, the Stewards Circle for The Bay Area Society for Organizational Learning.

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Elizabeth Fadell, MSSW

Elizabeth has been working with organizations and individuals focused on leadership, innovation, transformation and service quality improvement for over 20 years. She is committed to a developmental approach that incorporates dialogue, whole systems thinking, strategy development, indigenous wisdom, generative leadership and breakthrough improvement. Elizabeth had worked internationally in settings ranging from wireless telecommunication companies, information technology organizations, state and municipal government, universities and public education to managing a professional theatre to organizing community dialogues dedicated to enhancing civic conversation and collective action. She is committed to the process of integrating personal discovery with organizational development. Elizabeth is the Managing Member of The Enterprise Group, a management consulting firm based in Madison, Wisconsin.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Philosophy and a Master of Science degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Total Quality Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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John C. Blanchard

“I continue to get positive feedback from the experiential learning simulation. HSN strives to provide professional education programming that enhances our members knowledge, perspective and capabilities in dealing with a fast-changing industry. Your effort and genuine concern were essential to help us take a risk, embrace a new learning method, and expand its sense of purpose.”

John C. Blanchard
Program Chair, Health Strategy Network
Philadelphia, PA

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F. Kenneth Ackerman

“The morning was well-spent. I walked away with a renewed appreciation for the pressures and complexities that face our nation’s hospitals and health care organizations.”

F. Kenneth Ackerman
Executive Associate to the CEO, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA