The Agile Strategy Lab Team

The team at the Agile Strategy Lab 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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Mitch Hamm

Mitch Hamm is Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the College of Business at the University of North Alabama. At the Lab, Mitch leads efforts to deploy the Innovation Engineering tool for the Lab’s partners and clients.

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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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