I ignite more culturally-responsive leadership and connect cross-sector innovation through "challenge everything you know" speaking engagements, publications, and curated events that provide clients and partners with the mindsets, skills, and tools they need to re-imagine and invent the future.
Creative placemaking is a major new U.S. cultural policy and funding trend focused on inclusion of arts and culture-based strategies as core components of economic and community development. As a seasoned practitioner and expert in creative placemaking's potential for supporting public health improvement, I offer unique insights for clients on the challenges in partnering, project design, securing finance, and evaluating progress. As a primary author of the first Health Impact Assessment ever conducted on an arts and culture population level intervention (Project HEAL, 2017), I also focus on supporting transdisciplinary research strategy development.
I specialize in the health sector. My primary focus is culture-shift innovation consulting with philanthropy boards, government leaders, NGOs and health sector executives to build culturally-responsive businesses and organizations. Having pioneered a unique cultural innovation framework, I help leaders move the needle on their top health and healthcare innovation & transformation priorities.
Examples of cultural change leadership development consulting includes:
Giving money to charity, staff volunteering, painting the community center – all good things but peripheral to the business. I partner with CSR leaders to create cultural frames for their work that can lead to creation of new products and services, help differentiate their brand, and drive deeper engagement with their employees. The goal of our work together is to expand pathways to achieving lasting social impact. The answers to the world’s biggest social challenges will not be found by governments, charities or NGO’s alone. Increasingly big companies are creating new business models, new products and services that deliver lasting, financially-viable solutions to the big problems we face. Re-imagining the future of CSR is a challenge! I can help CSR leaders structure cross-cultural initiatives that drive business innovation while delivering new levels of employee engagement.
I believe that artists are powerful agents of change that are undervalued and underutilized. Artists are unique and their practices vary tremendously. I believe that "lived experience" is as crucial to an artist's effectiveness as their training. As an artist myself, I work with an extensive national network of creative industry professionals. I am a matchmaking expert for connecting organizations seeking cultural innovation insights with artists who have the lived experience and the training to meet the challenge at hand.