Liz Nilsen is the Associate Director of the Agile Strategy Lab at UNA, following four years at the Agile Strategy Lab at Purdue. Liz’s passion is for creating programs that nurture the next generation of thinkers and doers, particularly through the development and growth of innovation and STEM education ecosystems. As the senior program director, Liz shepherds the expansion of the Lab’s programming and partnerships with other universities interested in deploying Strategic Doing. She is a co-author of Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership (Wiley, 2019).
She is a former senior program officer at VentureWell, where she provided leadership to the Pathways program for the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), an effort to engage with 50 colleges and universities to redesign undergraduate engineering education.
Prior to joining VentureWell, she led STEM initiatives at the Penn State Center – Pittsburgh, was the southwest regional coordinator for the Pennsylvania STEM Network, and served as Director of Outreach and New Economy Program Development at the Institute of Advanced Learning & Research, a Virginia Tech initiative. She earned her BA from Stanford and an MBA from Northeastern University.