The Agile Strategy Lab Team

The Agile Strategy Lab team brings a wide range of backgrounds to our work. Among us, we've worked in corporate, government, non-profit, education (both K-12 and post-secondary), and faith-based settings - we understand the dynamics and vocabulary of your particular environment and can adapt our tools accordingly. We also work with partners who provide specific expertise not otherwise represented among our staff. Click on a profile to read more about our backgrounds, find contact information, or link to any of us on social media:

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Ed Morrison

The Director of the Lab at UNA and co-author of Strategic Doing: 10 Skills for Agile Leadership, Ed’s work has focused on developing new models of strategy specifically designed to accelerate complex collaboration in networks and open innovation. He is the original developer of Strategic Doing.

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Liz Nilsen

Liz shepherds the expansion of the Lab’s programming and partnerships with other universities interested in deploying agile strategy tools. A co-author of Strategic Doing: 10 Skills for Agile Leadership, she also focuses on the development and growth of innovation and STEM education ecosystems, new tool development, and teaching Strategic Doing.

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Janyce Fadden

Janyce Fadden is Director of Strategic Engagement at the UNA College of Business & Technology, which hosts the UNA Agile Strategy Lab. A co-author of Strategic Doing: 10 Skills for Agile Leadership, she focuses on innovation pipeline strategy and other business engagement projects.

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Hannah Thompson

Hannah Thompson keeps the wheels moving at the UNA Agile Strategy Lab, connecting people and organizations with the tools they need to succeed.

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Mary-Marshall VanSant

Mary-Marshall Van Sant is the Director of UNA’s Center for Learning and Professional Development, responsible for all of the university’s non-credit learning offerings. At the Lab, Mary-Marshall leads on the offering of workshops and short courses in Alabama and throughout North America on Strategic Doing and other agile strategy tools. 

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Our Partners

Antonino Ardilio

Antonino Ardilio

Nino guides the Lab’s development of technology and innovation management platforms, frameworks, and tools. He has developed MarketExplorer and TechnologyRadar, two powerful platforms that help companies manage both technology and innovation. Nino heads the Technology and Innovation Management practice at Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Scott Dempwolf

Scott’s work focuses on developing platform models, methods, and applications to support the emergence and growth of entrepreneurial ecosystems. To this work he brings both the intellectual rigor of an academic researcher, and the realist perspective of a seasoned practitioner. He has served on the faculty of the University of Maryland since earning his PhD…

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Ubaldo Córdova-Figueroa

Ubaldo and colleagues in Puerto Rico use Strategic Doing (SD) to accelerate the development of startup and innovation ecosystems to achieve economic prosperity. He coordinated SD workshops with government agencies, academic institutions, professional organizations, and no-profits around challenges related to economic development, recovery efforts from natural disasters, and academic and administrative transformation. He explores how…

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Jo’Anne Langham

Jo’Anne is passionate about making innovation and creativity accessible for everyone. She has 25 years of experience in innovation and in leading human-centred design teams. She has mentored and trained service designers, facilitators and researchers for 20 years. During her work in industry Jo’Anne established research and design teams and led large scale public sector…

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