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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Liz Nilsen

Liz’s passion is for helping teams become engines of innovation for their organization, community, or region. 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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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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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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Ed Morrison

The 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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Our Partners

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Mark is the Managing Director of St Andrews Lean Consulting. Mark, previously Director of Lean at the University of St Andrews in the UK, has over 15 year’s experience in the practical application of Lean process improvement. Mark enjoys transferring Lean skills by delivering training and in working with teams to help them dramatically improve…

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Greg Potter

Gregg is dedicated to guiding leaders and organizations in fostering more effective collaboration. His approach emphasizes the importance of deconstructing collaboration methods, focusing on creating spaces that are grounded in humanity and trust. Gregg believes that mastering these foundational aspects is crucial before advancing to transformational leadership, adept facilitation, and conflict resolution skills — all…

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Jennifer Hunter

Jennifer Hunter, a co-founder of Gensyn Design, brings a wealth of experience from her extensive tenure at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Specializing in Strategic Doing™ and design thinking, she excels in orchestrating purposeful, collaborative environments where diverse groups can tackle their most significant challenges. Jennifer’s expertise in this field was recognized when she became a…

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Jim Woodell

Jim Woodell, PhD, his professional journey reflects diverse expertise and accomplishments, spanning research and development, education, workforce training, and community development. Between 2011 and 2018, Jim was a key figure at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), serving as the vice president for economic development and community engagement. His role involved collaborating with…

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Jennifer Horn-Frasier

Jennifer Horn-Frasier

Jennifer Horn-Frasier- is a fellow at the Strategic Doing Institute. She is founder and principal at Bluebird Sky, LLC strategy consultancy, which helps people and organizations get to where they want to be. Equally at home in established systems and in startups, with the big picture and the details, and in for-profit and nonprofit settings,…

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Scott Hutcheson

Scott Hutcheson

Scott Hutcheson, PhD, serves as a Senior Lecturer at Purdue University in the Technology Leadership and Innovation Department. He also co-founded Hutcheson Associates, where he is the chief social scientist. This training and consulting firm is dedicated to transforming organizations, communities, and ecosystems, enhancing their adaptability, innovation, and competitiveness. In his academic role, Scott heads…

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Ubaldo Córdova-Figueroa

Ubaldo Córdova-Figueroa

Ubaldo Córdova-Figueroa, PhD 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…

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