I believe strongly that participatory leadership and dialogue processes create communities and organizations where people are treated with respect and where there is an opportunity for all voices to be present and to be heard. These processes bring forth the knowledge, wisdom and leadership capacity that is within each of us, our organizations, and our communities.
I am co-founder of the Meadowlark Institute, an organization committed to developing our individual and collective capacity to be flexible during times of rapid change, appreciate diverse perspectives, be comfortable with uncertainty, hold multiple points of view simultaneously, and engage in meaningful conversations with those who hold different traditions, values and goals.
I am deeply committed to hosting meaningful conversations around many of our most difficult issues, including race, gender, age, sexual orientation and political and economic power. I am a Steward in the Art of Hosting Community of Practice and a Flow Game practitioner. As a fourth generation North Dakotan, I have a deep respect for our connections to the land and places we each come from.
I have been a change agent throughout my life beginning with my work in 1971 in the Volunteers for Reconciliation program, founding the first renewable energy organization in North Dakota in 1976, and working with migrant farmworkers in the late 1970s. I have worked in various initiatives to preserve rural landscapes, support thriving rural communities and develop renewable energy, sustainable agriculture or producer cooperatives. I attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University as a Fannie Mae Foundation Fellow and am also a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow.