Jennifer joined the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2000 as an information technology professional and was promoted to manager in 2002. During her 10 years with the Office of Human Resources, Jennifer has transformed the IT Systems Support team into a proactive, customer-focused unit.
Dave is Coordinator of Leadership Development in the Organizational Effectiveness division of the Office of Human Resources. He hopes to continue co-hosting the important conversations needed at the University and with our community partners.
Kathie is the Program Director for the Hennepin-University Partnership, formed in 2005 to catalyze and support connections between Minnesota’s largest unit of local government, Hennepin County, and the State’s premier research institution, the University of Minnesota. Ms. Doty has extensive experience in the areas of public policy, outreach and communications.
Brittany is a student in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development at the College of Education. She holds a Master in Public Policy with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Leadership, and a minor in Program Evaluation. She is President of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly.
Susan is Associate to the Director of the Office of eLearning (OeL) in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. Her interests are strategic thinking, eLearning, collaboration among public institutions around online learning, and efficient use of resources for students.
Susan has been leading major change initiatives at the University of Minnesota for more than 12 years using participatory engagement methods. She is a core team lead for the UMN Art of Hosting Community of Practitioners. She founded and led the Project and Change Management Collaborators, another community of practice at the University of Minnesota, from 2006–2009.
Kevin is Director of the Masters of Public Affairs Program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He served 33 years with the Minnesota National Guard, retiring in 2012 Deputy Commanding General of the 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division, having completed a tour of duty in Iraq as Commander and returning to help establish Minnesota’s “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” reintegration program as a national model.
Brad is a professor in Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota and serves as Associate Dean for Research and Outreach for the College of Design. He has a diverse academic record, including degrees in art, architecture, urban design, and received his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology.
Brittany currently serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Hennepin-University Partnership, helping to facilitate meaningful connections and organizing forums. She recently graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota with a concentration in community practice and children and families.
Cristina is an educational technology consultant in the Office of Information Technology, University of Minnesota. She support faculty and staff in the thoughtful integration of technology into teaching, learning and work through consultations, workshops and educational events.
Leah currently serves as Program Manager for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership where she develops multimedia learning materials, hosts forums, and facilitates trainings focused on engaging diverse perspectives to address complex issues. She is drawn to the Art of Hosting as a way to shift the way individuals think about leadership and as a way to infuse more artful interactions into our day-to-day lives.
Kate is Assistant Dean for Student Services for the College of Design. She first participated in Art of Hosting at the College of Design sponsored training in January 2012 and has used Art of Hosting techniques in numerous meetings and events within the College and in the community.
Jen Mein is a consultant in the Organizational Effectiveness division of the Office of Human Resources, engaging and empowering individuals and teams to achieve their fullest potential through coaching, leading workshops, and hosting strategic conversations.
Wendy is a pioneering leadership educator, coach and consultant who works with organizations and change makers in North America and Asia. She is affiliated with two research and training centers at the University of Minnesota: The Center for Integrative Leadership, and The Center for Spirituality and Healing.
Kathy is an Assistant Professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her research, teaching, and service focus on organizing inclusive processes that enable the public and other stakeholders to contribute to addressing public problems.
Nick is a user experience (UX) analyst, facilitating activities to help uncover issues that are holding developers back from reaching their goals. Nick’s graduate work at the University of Minnesota focused on scientific and technical communication as well as human factors. Now he puts those skills to use by helping designers identify issues that affect people and their experience with products.
Jodi is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Chair of the School’s Leadership and Management Area where she provides strategic direction to the MPA program and Center for Integrative Leadership.
Alfonso is currently a PhD candidate in Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota where he is exploring how technology, by increasing openness and access, can help bring educational content to individuals in remote places and of limited means. He currently serves as Executive Vice President for the UMN Graduate and Professional Student Assembly.
Virajita is a Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Design where she leads Design Thinking @ College of Design, a collaborative at the University of Minnesota that offers design thinking teaching, research and outreach across sectors, with a special focus on public interest design projects.
Marcela Sotela Odor
Marcela experienced the Master of Public Affairs program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She is passionate about multicultural interactions and unleashing the power of communities through participatory leadership rooted in deep community values.
Terry is the Coordinator of the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program for Hennepin County. While his Bachelor Degree is in Music Performance, his passion is helping organizations engage volunteers effectively in their programs.
Karen Zentner Bacig
Karen is currently an instructor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and Founder and Consultant at Sabio Strategies. Karen’s current interests include leadership development, the development of intercultural competence, and the convening of meaningful conversations.